I was so excited in late October when I was finally given a Google PageRank of 3 here at Philaahzophy. Not only did this mean that I was doing a good job of building the blog into something worthwhile, but it also allowed me to earn more money advertising here. Then came the giant Googlesmack in mid-November. I was first dropped to a PR2, then all the way back down to PR0. This was even worse then being PR:N/A as it states that Google has no confidence in my blog just because I happen to enjoy being paid to express my own opinion on occasion.
There was much debate and hair-pulling over just why this smackdown occurred and what, exactly, it entailed. the big question on many people’s mind was/is whether or not blogs that had their Toolbar PageRank dropped to zero were still passing PR at their previous levels. All educated sources seem to indicate that we are, but I just stumbled into a way that I can prove I am thanks to a nifty little site called iWebTool. Designed to show you the PR of a website’s internal pages, it loads any site in a special window and overlays a PR indicator next to each link. If you click on the thumbnail to the right (then click on the medium sized image that appears to make it full size) you’ll see a screenshot I just ook of Philaahzophy.com. Notice all the little PR indicator boxes? Pay particular attention to the ones I’ve circled in yellow. Both of those links point directly to http://www.philaahzophy.com and show a PR of 3. In case your first thought is along the lines of “screenshots can easily be doctored”, just click right here to see it for yourself live on the iWebTools page.
Since you can input any URL into the iWebTools page you can easily check to see what your own actual PR is as well. Sure, it’s not nearly as easy as having it sitting right there in your toolbar, but it’s the only way I’ve found to see the actual PR of a site. I’m not nearly as internet savvy as many of you are, however, so if I’m missing something in this equation, please comment and let me know!