Sep 072008

According to Google

PageRank Technology: PageRank reflects our view of the importance of web pages by considering more than 500 million variables and 2 billion terms. Pages that we believe are important pages receive a higher PageRank and are more likely to appear at the top of the search results.

Could someone please explain to me, then why Google thinks that this crummy blog ranks a 5 out of 10?  According to (see the screenshot at right or run the search yourself), “earned” a PageRank of 5 while having a grand total of 167 backlinks (in 14 Google, in 75 Yahoo!, and 78 in AllTheWeb) and after being live for a grand total of 51 days!  It seems that their “considering more than 500 million variables and 2 billion terms” brought them to the decision that a near-splog is more valuable than (very roughly) 90% of the pages on the internet.  Way to go, Google!

For the record, I know how got a PR5 (they bought an expired domain that had a PR5 thanks to its .edu links and long standing (check The Wayback Machine for a snapshot) ) I just have a hard time believing that so many apparently intelligent people still put faith  in a metric that can make such glaring errors.  I mean, if can determine that the domain changed hands less than two months ago, why can’t Google’s PR algorithm?

ps.  What’s up with no special logo to celebrate your 10th birthday Google?

  2 Responses to “Still Think Google’s PageRank Means Something?”

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  2. The whole PR fiasco sucks and I’m working really hard not to worry about it anymore. We all have our horror stories. PR doesn’t mean anything anymore.

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  4. One more reason why PR isn’t important: when you get your article published on a blog, the webpage containing your article has n/a PR because it hasn’t earned PR yet, so its logical that PR doesn’t mean anything in this case

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