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 CheckPageRank.net (see the screenshot at right or run the search yourself), Yewpp.org “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 Yebb.org 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 CheckPageRank.net 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?