What’s Your PageRank?

Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, Thailand. Near the Grand Palace, this is a beautifully well maintained wat that you have to see. Taken on the 16th of February 2007 with a Nikon D200 and a 18-200mm VR lens. Part of the Thailand Chronicles.

I read an article today by fiLi about the reach of English Taiwanese sites and blogs.

He concludes that the effective reach is very limited. By the admission of an owner of forumosa,

We get 3000 daily page views.

3000, that is not a lot. But after getting feedback from Maoman, the daily page views are closer to 22000, which is pretty good!

Alternatively, I have heard that forumosa is profitable, but to a smaller extent. After hosting and making their moderators happy, there isn’t much left over. They are trying to implement new features and maximize their profit margin, but they are growing.

Between all of the projects of forumosa, I find Taiwanease quite interesting. A magazine gets places where the online world can’t. I have read Taiwanease a few times and enjoyed the read.

At the end of the day, I just wonder how much revenue we are actually talking about. Google Adsense revenue that is.

In an age when a week long add on rocketboom costs upwards of 85000USD$, and most pro-bloggers make a decent living out of their blogs, which generate hundreds of thousands of visits daily, it is hard to judge.

I have examined in detail ways to monetize my blog and have decided to wait for the time being.

Now back to the nitty-gritty.

What’s your PageRank?

The Memoirs have PR6.

Pretty good.

Rocketboom has got PR7, and that is with millions of view daily.

PageRank is how important your web pages are. It actually means how high up the ladder you site will appear on relevant searches. Each incoming link is actually a vote, same goes for an outgoing link. There is a whole system to calculate this, and naturally Google has not made it public, like most things those Googlers though, it has to be secret.

I can just see them, those Googlers, googling on for a googolplex of googles in their googleplex. If I remember, a googolplex is a googol of googols. A googol is actually a number. A one followed by a dictionary of zeros.

Googolplex is the number 10^{\,\!10^{100}}.

It can also be written as 10googol, or

10^{\scriptscriptstyle10\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000\,000}

or as a one followed by a googol (10100) zeroes.

There we go, a nice clarification by wikipedia.

I actually remember knowing of a googol way before Google. It was when I was in France. It was about some writer who had written a book for children involving a googol. We met her. It didn’t impress us that much because the book wasn’t that good. But then again, I was 5 or 6 at the time.

Googolplex is “inconceivable” but still “describable”.

The Googlers are probably all little gnomes and have a gnome song, just like the underpants gnomes in South Park.

I have their little song on my HD and I have listened to it hundreds of times. It just cracks me up. There was a time where I would listen to it non stop for a few minutes, and it’s just crazy. But, I digress.

I can just see those little google gnomes in action.

Hm, what can we do to piss of Viacom?

I know, let’s buy YouTube, it’s only 1.85 billion USD!

What? I have that in my underpants!

How do you increase your PageRank?

With time.

By writing pages or posts, by including incoming and outgoing links, but not including links from link farms. Supposedly, Google can detect link farms and blacklist them in some fashion. What it means is that it will make your PageRank go down.

From wikipedia’s entry on link farms:

On the World Wide Web, a link farm is any group of web pages that all hyperlink to every other page in the group. Although some link farms can be created by hand, most are created through automated programs and services. A link farm is a form of spamming the index of a search engine (sometimes called spamexing or spamdexing). Other link exchange systems are designed to allow individual websites to selectively exchange links with other relevant websites and are not considered a form of spamdexing.

Now fiLi says in his post that most English Taiwanese bloggers’ PageRank is somewhere between 0 and 3. And that’s about it.

Not that great.

This means that if someone is using Google to find you, they will have a hard time to do so, because a low PageRank will lower your relevance to the Google search engine.

There are a lot of articles and posts out there about PageRank and how it is calculated. If you really want to know, go ahead and research it. Just type in PageRank into Google. From skimming through the articles, I gather that the PageRank number is actually logarithmic in nature. There are some formulas devised.

In the end, it doesn’t really matter.

What matters is how you can use PageRank to your advantage.

How do you find out what your PageRank is?

Use the Google toolbar or the following link.

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

9 thoughts on “What’s Your PageRank?”

  1. A page rank of 0 means that Google just hasn’t evaluated your page yet. My blog has had a page rank of 5 ever since it was first ranked. I had about 40 visitors a day then, and about 270 now.

    It may seem kind of old school, but I think that optimizing a page to try to trick search engines into giving it a better ranking is kind of pathetic and grasping. I’d rather focus on what I’m writing. If it’s useful or interesting to people, they’ll link to it. If not, they won’t. Few things irk me more than an excess of marketing accompanied by a shortage of substance. It’s very possible that Taiwan blogs aren’t what most google searchers are looking for, for most of their searches.

    BTW, did you notice how misspelled my blog so the graph would show zero traffic for it?

  2. I agree.

    Honestly, I haven’t done anything at all to improve my PageRank.

    It’s just good information to know.

    It takes about 3 months for a page or site to be rated.

  3. I actually didn’t notice that.

    That was pretty bad then, misspelling the name of your blog so that it showed no traffic.

  4. I think you misheard me – according to our Google Analytics, Forumosa gets over 21,500 page views daily. According to Google analytics, anyway.

  5. Heh. My pagerank to daily visits is what some might consider absurd.
    But I don’t really care. Mine was 5 last I checked. I have a nice happy little chunk of subscribers, of which 75% are active, and comments.

    And people stop me while out places to compliment me on blog posts, which is awesome. 🙂

  6. I don’t get stopped in the street!

    But still, it’s good to have a good PR. Like I said, I was barely aware of it and never did any SEO.

  7. I occasionally name posts to try and get them into google for things, but that’s just being explicit about titles.

    The stopped in the street thing is generally just other local bloggers, but we’re an even smaller town these days than we were “before,” so it’s not that hard.

  8. No one has ever stopped me because they knew me thanks to my blog. I have heard that some of my feed readers are from Taiwan and are other teachers.

    I have only met a few bloggers. That is why I would like to start a likemind in taipei.

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