Pagerank update wasn’t nice to me

Posted in Technicalon Oct 29, 2007

When Google calculates the importance of a page, they use an ranking algorithm known as Pagerank to produce a numerical value for the page. We don’t know very much about Google’s Pagerank algorithm, except that it is complicated and evaluates lots of criteria, such as number of links, quality of page, and freshness.

Every once in a while Google exports their Pagerank values into a database that can be accessed by the Google Toolbar (also available as a bundled download with the Firefox browser). When Google performs such an update, people can see the Pagerank value for a particular site or page.

The latest export is currently underway, and I’ve noticed that the new Pagerank values for some of my sites and pages have been kind of disappointing. For example, I was excited when my main blog was promoted from a 4 to a 5 during the last Pagerank update, but has now fallen to a 3. This technical blog has fallen from a 3 to a 2, and my other blogs have stayed at about a 3 or 2.

I blame the lack of freshness of my blogs. During the last Pagerank update, I was blogging a new post almost every day. During the last three months, this has slowed down considerably, as blogging isn’t as important as it used to be for me. As a result, my Pagerank is down. This is too bad, but I’m not devaluing my life because of it.

One Comment

David Webb

November 1st, 2007 at 10:19 pm

Hi jacob,

Thanks for your comment on my site, in reply to it Google will officially “release” OpenSocial on Friday, they’ve only released the details so far. Check out my blog for another really exciting piece of new related to OpenSocial that just came in.

The PR updates were good to me: my sites went from 3 to 4 and from 2 to 3.

See you later,


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