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What is Google Page Rank? PageRank PR

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Google Page Rank

Have you ever asked yourself: What Is Google PageRank? Is Google PageRank Still Important? Why should I even care about PageRank? If so, then let me clear out the fog of uncertainty so that all is crystal clear by the time you leave here today. PageRank is often abbreviated simply as PR.

Google PageRank History

Back when Google was just getting started and was still called Backrub, Google's algorithm was mostly based upon PageRank to determine the order of results a user would get in response to a search query. The name PageRank has nothing to do with a web page at all.

Instead PageRank is named after one of Google's co-founders, Larry Page. Sergey Brin is the other co-founder of Google who helped to create the multi-billion dollar corporation that started out at Stanford University in a dorm room when both of them were still in college. Much confusion is caused by the fact that Larry's last name is Page and that PageRank is used when referring to a web page or web site's authority.


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What Is Google PageRank?

Richter Scale Analogy

I like to use the Richter Scale analogy to explain how PageRank works and functions. It makes for a great analogy since most people are both familiar with this and understand somewhat how this logarithmic scale functions.

On the Richter Scale a magnitude two earthquake produces ten times larger amplitude waves than a magnitude one earthquake. When measuring the amount of energy released it is thirty two times more powerful than a magnitude one earthquake. Magnitude one, two and three earthquakes are normaly barely perceptible, unless you happen to be very close to the epicenter.

Whereas a magnitude seven, eight, nine or ten will cause widespread damage and destruction. Unfortunately the loss of human and animal life is quite common. Just look at my Haiti Earthquake Facts hub to see how much damage a magnitude 7.0 earthquake can cause. Luckily magnitude 7 - 10 earthquakes are quite rare.

PageRank Scale Explained

Google's PageRank formula works exactly the same way as the Richter scale. PageRank, often abbreviated simply as PR plus a number, also uses a logarithmic scale ranking system just like the Richter scale does, on a scale ranging from 1 to 10.

Most often users will refer to a web page or site, Blog, Lens or Hub's PageRank'ing simply as PR1, PR2, PR3, PR4, PR5, PR6, PR7, PR8, PR9 and PR10. Except PageRank also uses the PR0 designation to refer to a web page that is new and has not yet been ranked. The PR0 ranking also applies to web pages that don't yet have enough incoming links to have achieved a PR1 ranking. The third case for the PR0 or grey listing as seen in the Google Toolbar is when a web site has been banned from Google for being a dirty, naughty little web page.

Usually the webmaster who should hide in shame has used some Black Hat SEO technique trying to trick their way to page one of Google, and got busted by Google's virtual eyes known as Googlebot. They should hide in shame for all of eternity for being so evil! Never link out to a web page you suspect of being banned in Google as it is truly poison to your web page!

How To Tell If A Web Site Is Banned From Google?

While I don't know of anyway to tell for sure there is one method that gives a pretty good indicator. Use a Google query like this one: "" but without the parenthesis. If you do not see either a line that reads: "Show Google's Cache of" or "Find web pages from the site" then either the web page or site is very new and has not yet been indexed or it is probably banned. Either way your best steering away from linking to, exchanging links with or having anything to do with this web page to be on the safe side. Better safe than sorry!

Only associate your web pages that have at least a PR1 and you never will have any problems with linking out to bad neighborhoods.

A PR0 or PR1 web site is often a very new web page and rather unimportant in the Google scheme of things. Whereas a PR10 web site on the other hand is very important, authoritative and an incoming link from one of these major web sites is worth it's virtual weight in gold. There are only about 150 PR10 web sites out of the billions and billions of web sites that can proudly display their PR10 badge of honor for all to behold with much lust.

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How Does Google PageRank Work?

It takes approximately 10 times more incoming links from other web pages to get to the PR2 level as what it took to achieve the rather easy PR1. The same holds true all the way up the PageRank scale until you reach the golden summit of Google Mountain Rank glory and achieve the most elusive and magical PageRank of 10.

Due to how hard it is to get any of the other high PR web sites, or hundreds of thousands of lesser PR links needed, to link back to yours explains why very few web sites have a PR10 ranking. Only a handful of web sites can fit atop the PageRank Mountain while the rest of us are left trying to climb our way up by gathering up more and more incoming links.

Beside the fact your web page needs more and more incoming links to climb up the PageRank mountain, you also need links from web pages that have more Google PageRank juice to pass along to your web page than what it took to achieve the much easier Page Rankings.

You see 1 backlink from a PR6 web page is probably worth as much, or even more, than 100 PR1 incoming links. So you must consider both quanity and quality, by quality I strictly mean the PR rating, of the places you attempt to get backlinks from. While it's easiest to get backlinks from web sites lower on the PR scale, you will get a much better return for the time you spend by getting links from higher PR web sites. But stay realistic please, Google, Yahoo or Bing are probably not ever going to put a link to your web site on theirs. So don't bother trying, its not happening, sorry.

I have learned one way to get one lonely link from Google, but this one is only for those with the skills to develop Google Gadgets using JavaScript that are used on iGoogle.

Another big factor when it comes to gathering up more Google PageRank is for your web pages to have incoming links from web sites related to yours. This means if you have a web site about 'Dogs' then seek links from other pet or animal related web sites, preferably 'Dog' web sites. The more relevant the sites are to your topic that your incoming links are coming from, the more authority you will build up in your niche.

While a link from a high PR game web site will help out your PR mission some, it won't help nearly as much than if this link was on a closely related web site.

Build up enough authority in your niche and your site just may become what is known as an 'Authority Web Site'. This is golden. By the time you reach this milestone your site is going to be ranking top 5 for fairly competitive keywords.

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Is Google PageRank Still Important?

When Google was a bright and shiny new search engine I suspect the main ingredient of their secret sauce was PageRank. This is no longer true now days. According to Google employee Matt Cutts, Google's unofficial SEO spokesperson, Google now uses over 200 different signals to determine which web page will be listed at the #1, #2, #3 positions and so forth.

Here recently Google has went to great lengths to downplay PageRank's importance. In recent months Google even removed the ability for webmasters to see their web page's PageRank from within Google WebMaster Tools. While Google would like for webmasters to stop paying so much attention to PageRank it is still one of the 200 signals Google uses to determine your place among the SERP's, Search Engine Results Page.

So while PageRank doesn't hold the power it once had, it is still a factor to keep in mind if you wish for your web page to rank well for your keywords.

So the short answer would be no, it is not nearly as important as it once was. But it does still carry some weight in Google's algorithm, so don't totally discount it either. Considering how Google's secret sauce was mostly based upon PageRank initially I think it willalwaysbe a factor to consider. Or at least for the foreseeable future.

One of the best uses of Google Page Rank is to use it to judge a web page's authority and age. It is very useful to look at the competitions PR rankings on page one of Google for the keywords your considering targeting. If you find that most have a high PR, then it's a good indication your facing some stiff competition. You better off choosing easier keywords.

What Is My PageRank?

It is often useful to know what your web page's PageRank value is to know how well your backlinking efforts are working. When seeking out incoming links it is very helpful so you can concentrate on web sites that have more sweet Google PR Juice to pass on to your web page.

The easiest way to find out is to use a web site that will tell you what a web page's PageRank is when you enter the URL. Here is a good Google PageRank Tool.

FireFox users can use the great SEO Quake. There is the FireFox PageRank Extension. Or this FireFox PageRank Extension.

Google Chrome users can use this Google Chrome PageRank Extension. I also use this JavaScript Bookmarklet that goes in the Bookmarks bar.

If your still using Internet Exploder, I mean Internet Explorer you can get Google's own Google Toolbar for IE. Be sure to go to the options and activate the PageRank function as it is off by default because of privacy concerns. But please consider a real browser and dump IE before your PC kills you in your sleep for cruel and unusual punishment! You have been warned. :-)

A PR2 Hub outranking a PR5 web page.
A PR2 Hub outranking a PR5 web page.

PageRank is NOT all that matters though, not even close. On several occasions I have outranked web pages with PR5 and PR6 rankings with a web page with a much lower PR value on Google. If you doubt this any at all then do a Google search for Haiti Earthquake Facts and there is a good chance you will see my hub page I linked to earlier with a PR2 beating out CNN's PR5 page! As I write this my hub is ranked at postion #3 while CNN is #5! (see screenshot above) These rankings are very dynamic and they do change daily. For a while this hub has maintained a SERP position ranging from #3 - #8 while slowly climbing up closer to #1. I would bet the long amount of time users are spending on my hub is a big factor. Besides being more relevant than the CNN page.

I would have had my doubts I would ever beat out CNN. I hope this doesn't come across the wrong way, but I am still often amazed at what I can pull off on major search engines like Google. This mainly just proves how major web sites don't spend the time tweaking their SEO as much as one individual can. Of course if CNN wanted to crush me like a bug with a bit more effort I would be dead overnight. But they won't never do this most likely.

SEO Factors To Rank Well
SEO Factors To Rank Well

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What Is Important to Rank Well In The Search Engines?

Be Relevant For The Win

It is my opinion that having a web page that is much more releveant to the users query compared to the PR6 page your competing with means much more than PR does, or ever will. On page SEO optimization is a very important factor. Effective Keyword Usage and using your keywords as Anchor Text when creating incoming links is also very, very, very.... important, second only to the Title you use on the SEO importance scale.

Anchor Text are the words you use to link to another web page. By using your keywords for backlinks you are telling the search engines what the web page is about. Just be sure to mix up the anchor text keywords you use on various web sites. Several closely related keyword phrase variations is a great approach to take. Just don't use the same exact keyword phrase for your anchor text on each and every social bookmarking web site as Mr. Googlebot will know your only trying to manipulate it, and it doesn't like that at all!

Time Spent on Web Page Is Crucial To Ranking Well!

Other factors that I think also count for more than PageRank would include how long a user spends on your web page. This is why its important to try and keep your users engaged on your web page as long as possible. This is one of the many reasons why using videos, polls, pictures, RSS feeds and comments are such a great idea.

Google can and does track how long a user spends on your web page. If they quickly return to Google and click on another link then Google thinks your web page wasn't so relevant after all or of poor quality. If users often quickly return to Google in search of whatever it is they are seeking your web page is going to drop down the SERP's as if it had a virtual lead ball attached to it. This is beyond being bad, its a catastrophe that warrants your immediate attention if you wish to rank well!

Sticky Web Pages

On the other hand if they spend a long time on your web page then they must have liked and found what you had to offer useful. Your web site visitors are voting for or against your web page by how long they spend on it, often unconsciously. I have seen first hand how having a web page that is sticky will help your page slowly, but surely climb up the SERP's over time. Time spent on a web page is very powerful so always keep this in mind and make your web pages sticky as honey. Then the bees will keep coming back for more of your sweet nectar and even tell their friends about such a great resource.

A long hub, web page, or Blog post will also keep a user on your page IF there is good content so they stick around to read it all. Most of my hubs have either a 4 out of 5 or 5 out of 5 ranking for time spent on page according to HubPages internal stats. I try really hard to pack tons of content into my hubs. Sweet stickiness indeed.

Content Is King and Always Will Be

It is often said that when it comes to doing well with respect to SEO that content is king. Having high quality, unique content is what Googlebot and most of all, your users will love. While optimizing your web pages for the search engines is important, your main focus should be the readers, not some silly search engine bot. One reader who loves your content and links to it from a high PR web page will really make your day! Googlebot won't never give you any link love like that.

I know I have strayed a bit off course here while explaining what Google PageRank is, how it works and why it still matters, but I feel it is important for you to understand how PageRank fits into the SEO puzzle that confuses so many. There are other factors that I consider to be much more important than PageRank. I think I have delivered above and beyond here hopefully, so I will save the rest for some other yet to be written hubs.

I would like to take a moment to thank Internetwriter62 for asking me the question that inspired this hub so she could better understand what Google PageRank is and how it works. I hope she and the rest of you understand this much better now.

If you found this hub to be useful please consider clicking on the green "vote "Up" button below, bookmarking via the "Share This" button or linking to this from your own web page. I love all Digg's, Tweets, Stumbles and any other Social Bookmarking love you throw my way! Thank you in advance. If anything is still unclear then please just ask in the comments section below and I will do my best to help you out. Have a great day!

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    • moonlake profile image


      7 years ago from America

      I always thought Pagerank meant a lot as far as making money or having visiters on my hubs. I found out just recently that some blogs that are not ranked high PR3, make very good income enough to take care of their families. It seems to me PR doesn't mean much if your looking for income. Voted up and shared.

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      7 years ago

      It was a great run, and I hope the readers who discovered us found our content useful.

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      Nicoli Clause 

      8 years ago from United States of America

      Great Hub, thanks a lot for the email as it helped a lot. I'm going to link this from my page as it will help users (like myself) understand the Google "PageRank" and its importance.

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      Margaret Perrottet 

      8 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      This is a really useful hub. I'm in the process of learning more about the whole world of SEO and page ranking, and this helps very much. Voted Up, useful and interesting.

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      8 years ago from India

      Nice summary of how google page rank works.

      PageRank is one of the main factor,what Google uses to determine the importance of a web page

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      Anthony Goodley 

      8 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      I appreciate all of the positive comments from everyone. I'm glad others find this hub useful.

      Apparently Google also considers this hub to be a valuable resource as it currently ranks it #7 for 'What is Google PageRank?' right up there with SEO experts like :)

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      Nizam Khan 

      8 years ago from Hyderabad, India.

      This is such an informative Hub. There are lots of interesting things to learn from this. Very interesting and well expressed. Thanks and voted up :)

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      8 years ago

      Great Hub! Very informative and well organized, thanks!

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      PSD TO HTML 

      8 years ago

      Nice Information .........thanks to all for Great Discussion.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      There is so much to be learned concerning Seo and all that goes with it. I am just beginning my journey of trying to master this and I found your hub very useful. I am bookmarking to return to again.

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      9 years ago from Delhi

      This is very important and good information You have mention here.For getting the page rank it is very important to the site have good content and have good backlinks.

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      9 years ago

      Is it really so? "...You see 1 backlink from a PR6 web page is probably worth as much, or even more, than 100 PR1 incoming links. So you must consider both quanity and quality, by quality I strictly mean the PR rating, of the places you attempt to get backlinks from. ..."

      I think it also depend of where a PR 6 Link is from, and whitch quality it has, or?

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      Doc Wordinger 

      9 years ago from Manchester, UK

      I learnt a load of new things from this hub. Thanks for writing.

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      tag ipad 

      9 years ago

      Many thanks for sharing that with us and helping me understand what pagerank is!

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      Anthony Goodley 

      9 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      I have to disagree with gobangla. While PR is still a factor in Google's ranking algorithm it is far from being a *very important factor*.

      You do use the words *relevant content*. Having the most relevant content for the keywords being searched for is the key, not PR.

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      9 years ago


      Content definitely is the most important factor. But a lot of websites have good content. PR is a very important factor in deciding how relevant content is ranked.

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      9 years ago

      I honestly think content is much more valuable than page rank because I've seen many sites with low PR outranking sites like wikipedia, etc.

    • Marie-Renee profile image


      9 years ago

      You did a great job explaining about the what's and the how's of PageRank without sounding technical and boring. I will keep working on my blog, hubs and other articles, to have enough honey and make it sticky enough to hold readers. Rated up.

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      9 years ago

      Very nicely and lucidly written. Content is king for sure.

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      9 years ago from India

      Thanks 4 this Hub

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      9 years ago from Portland,OR Vancouver,WA area

      Thanks so much for this info. Good note on sticky sites.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you so much for the wonderful information. I learned some things I never knew. Thanks bunches!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wonderful hub and so full of interesting and useful information. Now I believe I understand about Google Page Rank. Great job.

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      Edward C. 

      10 years ago from Florida

      This Hub is, hands down, one of the best I've ever read. I've been studying SEO like a madman, and so far you're the first person in weeks to point out things I'd never considered before. Everybody should read this.

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      10 years ago

      thumbs up for your hub

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      10 years ago from Lahore

      Thanks for the guide

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      10 years ago from Hawaii

      This is a very informative source when it comes to Googles Page Rank. Helped me to answer a lot of my questions.

      Voted it up!

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      angela bennett 

      10 years ago

      Thank you! This script worked great for me. I’ve been search for about four hours and finally found one that was up to date. If I might ask :

      why my site`s pr still 0 and no change?

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      Alex Albert 

      10 years ago

      Definitely it is good,can we increase our PR with the help of On page optimization, and if we considered Off page Optimization then which methods are best.

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      Rebecca E. 

      10 years ago from Canada

      The more I read this the more enlightened I have become thanks once more!

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      10 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, mywebs. By far, this is the most comprehensive and well-written hub on Google PageRank I've come across, at it WILL receive a high Google PageRank by the way! Awesome work, my friend. You are the right person to be writing about this!

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      10 years ago

      Nice Hubs :-)

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      10 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very nice hub. You did a great job not only explaining what PR is and why it's important, but also pointing out that it's not the end-all-be-all of a site's position in the SERPs.

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      10 years ago from Muntinlupa, Philippines

      PageRank, although not prioritized by Google for ranking websites in search engine results page is very helpful to gather quality links.

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      I'm glad you liked it Entourage. Thanks for commenting.

      Thankfully Google likes it too. This hub has hit #8 or #9 in recent days for "What Is Google PageRank?". (after the new bonus expired) :)

      Next keyword target is: What Is PageRank?

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      10 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Great hub, I have some SEO articles as well but I am truly impressed with this article.. Thanks

    • MyWebs profile imageAUTHOR

      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Thank you for reading and commenting Rismayanti.

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      10 years ago from Tropical Island

      Thank you for your great information.. i just make clear about PR, after read this hub. Yesterday my friend talk about PR that i cannot figure out at all. thanks.

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Sounds like you found my hub at a good time. In my experience Alexia's data is too easy to manipulate, or it used to be a couple of years back at least, so I pay little attention to their stats. Thanks for stopping by H.C. Porter.

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      10 years ago from Lone Star State

      I have just recently learned about Google Analytics and Alexia, this hub went perfectly with my new found knowledge. Rated Up!

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Thanks BritneyDavidson and Katrinasui for your comments. I appreciate your encouragement.

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      10 years ago

      Many things are new for me in this hub. Great Hub.

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      10 years ago from united kingdom

      wow! I am was not aware of this now google page rank update, this is really great hub!

    • MyWebs profile imageAUTHOR

      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Thanks a lot Sparhawke. :)

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      10 years ago from Manchester

      This is a great hub, and deserves to be ranked up :)

    • MyWebs profile imageAUTHOR

      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      I'm glad to dispel some PR myths here and help others to understand. Thank You! :)

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      Katie McMurray 

      10 years ago from Westerville

      MyWebs, Nice Hub, I learned things about the all important page rank than I knew. I'll read this one again. Thanks and Peace :)

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      I sure hate when that happens Anita. But by ranking highly initially this is a sign Google likes it. Once it falls like that you usually just need more incoming links to get back up there again.

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      Anita Koppens 

      10 years ago

      It is quite astounding how one well-written web page can out rank seemingly more authoritative sites. I think the power of the single web pages is interesting. I had a Squidoo lens that was on page one for a moderately competitive term for several weeks, but like a shooting star, it burned bright until it went out.

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      The best bet to avoid seeing personalized results is to follow the instructions I linked you to before, but here it is again:

      That help topic explains how to disable 'Web History' and the cookie personalized results for when your not signed in.

      Without doing both of these things you could be seeing personalized searches no matter which browser your using, signed in or out. But the cookie is per browser so don't disable the cookie for the browser you want tailored results from when your signed out of Google.

      I can't say if your approach would work for sure. I know it wouldn't if you have 'Web History' active in your Google account. Otherwise you would have to ask in Google's forums for a more authoritative answer.

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      10 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      @MyWebs--Thanks for explaining! I normally like tailored search results, unless I'm checking on the ranking of my sites.

      I use Mozilla for all web browsing, but when I want to check the Google search ranking, I use Chrome. I have never used this browser for anything else & never click on any search results or visit any sites. Is this an OK way to avoid getting tailored search results??

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Of course I disagree with you TattoGuy as you would expect after reading this PageRank hub.

      While a good PR can help a page some, so many other factors will override it in the SERPs. Nice to meet you too and thanks for stopping by.

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      10 years ago

      Nice hub, personally I think Page Rank is very important, nice meeting you !

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      I did my job here if this was easy to walk away understanding. Thanks drbj

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      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      MyWebs - this is a brilliant hub, easy-to-understand and thorough. Thnaks for taking the time to write what you know about Google, page rank, etc. Much appreciated.

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      WoW I just noticed the 99 score when I came here to approve your comment Rebecca. That makes my day, I have never had such a high hub score! Only one more to go for the elusive 100 score :D

      Thanks Rebecca for stopping by.

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      Rebecca E. 

      10 years ago from Canada

      keep them coming this is a great one, I see it is at 99 as a score, that is awesome.

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Thanks Rebecca. I'm glad to help out.

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      Rebecca E. 

      10 years ago from Canada

      thanks thanks and more thank, for something that I couldn't wrap my head around until you came along! bravo bravo rated and stumbled.

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Thanks Ann. Since I couldn't easily find relevant pictures, I went for pretty. I'm afraid I jinxed myself, I noticed today CNN overtook me. No worries though, its all part of the game.

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      Ann Nonymous 

      10 years ago from Virginia

      Well I definitely learned something new, Mywebs! Great hub and beautiful pictures!

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Thanks Internetwriter62 for asking a great question!

      I really like the Mountain Man picture a lot as it is unique, cool and as good of way as any to represent PR. There are so many factors that one must focus on to succeed in getting search engine traffic. Thanks for the thoughtful comment.

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      10 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Hi MyWebs,

      Thank so much for answering my question. I felt that having a basic understanding of how PageRank works is important, because it is mentioned a lot in hubs that advice on how to get more traffic, which is something everyone is trying to achieve. I really like the analogy to the Richter scale, it gave me a visual picture of how PageRank works and what the numbers mean. I'm also glad that you explained all the other factors that make for getting more traffic, because just focusing on one factor makes me miss out on all the other ingredients needed for a great hub. Excellent hub. Btw, I really like the photos and graphics. Thanks for the hub, I really appreciate you answering my question, in a way that a newbie like myself with no technical background can understand.

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      I'm glad to help out trose. Thanks for reading.

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      @GojiJuiceGoodness I was not getting personalized web results as I have taken the necessary steps to be sure being signed into Google, or signed out, doesn't taint what I see. See this: Yes you can also see tainted results while being signed out via cookies!

      I did post a link to the relevant search on Google which you could have used to confirm my results. I have also tested from multiple PC's not logged in and that I had no prior history on. Results show my logged in results are accurate. So while what your saying would normally be true it isn't in my case as I have made sure I see untainted results. Who wants to log out every time you search to see unbiased results? I sure don't! Thanks for your comments and for bringing up this great point.

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Many feared the new page speed update would kill the little guy, but thats not the case thankfully. Thanks for your comments johnyater.

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      Anthony Goodley 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Oh yes I forgot to mention PR is a good measure of trust worth a sites is. Thanks for reminding save my system.

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      10 years ago

      This is excellent. Thanks for clearing up many questions I've had about page rank. Definitely will bookmark this one.

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      10 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Awesome hub! You provided a lot of valuable information. I find your hub/CNN Google search screen shot interesting. However, I noticed you were logged into your Google account so you'd be getting tailored search results. How did your hub rank when you were signed out of Google? Do you know? I was just curious!

      I watch how my websites & hubs rank in Google & there is a big difference between being signed in & being signed out of my account.

      Thanks! Keep up the great work hubbing!

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      John Yater 

      10 years ago from Hamilton, Ohio

      Very good hub. I hope that google's transfer of importance from page rank to other factors will continue to help out the little guy creating better, more relevent content. You topping CNN on the Haiti Earthquake facts is an inspiration to us all!

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      save my system 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom - London

      Google page rank is important while performing SEO. You can get idea about page ranking on which you are updating blogs. Ranking is very useful to understand particular web sites trust building capacity. I like this article very much and it improves my knowledge of SEO.


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