When evaluating the competition of keywords, I always check the PageRank of the first four results to see the competition. I avoid keywords that have pages with PR 4-5 since they are impossible to beat. There haven't been any PR updates this year or last year so I had to raise the question; is PR dead?
I just looked in the blog and there was no story but whenever the date was it said that it has moved up to a 6.
Google PageRank was updated twice last year. The last one was on 5/6th December 2013.
Did you enter any Hub pages in there? I just entered two and it said, "Invalid. URL is too long." When I read it I did not think that it worked on HubPages but I tried to be sure.
I did that and entered the same two, instead of the error I got no entry in a long box with "- NA" following it.
It might not be ranking at all, I got that on one of my hubs.
I know that PageRank is still one of Google's 200 ranking factors, and will always be. But, the PageRank of pages hasn't been updated in a long time. It seems that PageRank is not as important as it once was, but could it be officially retired by Google? All the experts seem to think so, but I don't know.
The higher the number the better. A brand new web page, or one which isn't doing well, will have a page rank of N/A
A lot of sites have a page rank of 0! Most bloggers are pleased if their blog manages to get to 2 or 3. Managing to get to 6 is a real achievement.
However, as susi says, PageRank isn't as crucially important as it once was. It's still included in Google's algorithm but it's only one of multiple factors. It's hotly debated how big a factor PageRank is now.
It does work for hubs and your profile. For a private website or content site 2-3 would be good, anything higher would be excellent.
Here is my take on PageRank
PageRank depends on the number of back links and it has nothing to do with the quality of the content. A good article page may have a page rank of 0 whereas a webpage with little content may have high page rank.
SEO professionals manipulate page rank by creating artificial back links that distorts the search results. Google has countered this threat by gradually shifting page rank away from public glare. PageRank is still an important ranking factor but Google is deliberately down playing its role.
Another interesting fact about page rank is that it is expressed in a logarithmic scale (probably base 10) similar to the Richter scale. A Page with PR3 is ten times more valuable than a page with PR2. This is why it is difficult to outrank an article with PR4 or PR5
Thanks for the clarification and the informative post! So I guess PageRank will forever be important in the ranking factors but Google are trying to make it look the opposite. So I come to the conclusion that PR will always be important, no matter what Google say.
PageRank is still important but not as important as one might think. By the way, the whole idea of what comes up on Google's first page is very subjective. I checked the word "cars" in google.tt (The Trinidad and Tobago version of Google) and my results were very different when I checked google.com. I have the tool SeoQuake downloaded so I can also see a whole range of seo data when I do any search in Google or when I am on any website page. For Google.tt the PRs in order were PR 5,5, 6, 6, 4, 6, 4, 6, 3, Not Available, 7 and strange enough no tenth on the same page. For Google.com it was PR 7, 6, 5, 6, 5, 6, 6, Not Available, PR 7 and strange enough again no number 10 on the same page. So here are some observations:
(1) Being on the first page in Google depends on WHICH Google you are on.
(2) PR does not affect the order one appears on the first page of Google because a PR 7 site was 9th in Google.com for the word "cars" while a PR 6 and PR 5 site were in second and third spot successively.
(3) The PR 6 site that was in second spot on Google.com had only 9 pages indexed by Google while two Wikipedia pages were lower down in 5th and 6th place with their 12,100,000 pages indexed by Google.
Pagerank absolutely affects how you appear in rankings, that is what pagerank is. Yes a 3 might outrank a 4 for one particular key word the 3 is more focussed on. But across all keywords the 4 will win by miles.
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