What is My PageRank?
Google PageRank is Google’s way of assessing the relative quality of a
Web site or Web page on the Internet. PageRank is measured on a scale of
0 to 10. The stronger the PageRank of a given Web page, the higher the
corresponding score on the scale. My
Google PageRankallows Webmasters to view their site's PageRank
online. In addition, Webmasters can use the provided code from the My
Google Page Rank tool to
display their site's PageRank to their visitors.
How can I find out my Google
The primary method of finding out a Web page's PageRank is to install
the Google Toolbar.
The Page Rank (PR) is displayed in a small green PR gauge on the Google
Toolbar. The Google toolbar can be downloaded for Internet Explorer or
Mozilla Firefox browsers. The Google Toolbar also shows a number of each
page's backlinks, but is not considered a true measure of current
PageRank. As of the time these FAQs were written, there is no Google
Toolbar currently available for Mac users. The visible PageRank is one
portion of the true PageRank valuation that Google maintains. The
toolbar display can be inaccurate when attempting to assess a page's
In addition to the Google Toolbar, tools such as My
Google PageRank allow
Webmasters to find a site's PR by simply entering their site's URL into
an online form. The Webmaster can then paste a small portion of provided
HTML code into their Web pages to display their site's PageRank to all
their visitors. This provides useful information about the site to its
visitors - without the visitors having to install the Google Toolbar.
Is the PageRank (PR) number for the entire site or individual pages?
PageRank is determined for each specific Web page (document). Every page
on your website very likely has a different PR. A given site's home page
probably has the highest PR, since it probably has the most sites
linking to it. Each internal page may have a different Google PageRank.
Sometimes, the PageRank for an informative and popular article on an
internal page of a Web site will be higher than that of the site’s home
How is PageRank calculated?
PageRank is determined based on both the number and quality of the links
pointing to a given Web page or document. The higher the PR of a page's
backlinks, and the fewer outward-pointing links there are on a Webpage,
the more PageRank (PR) is allocated to that Web page. For example, a Web
page with a fairly high Google PageRank of 6, but that has many outbound
links, might pass along much less PageRank than a PR4 page with only
several outbound links. This is just a very basic assessment though. The
actual number of variables in calculating PageRank (PR) is simply too
high for easy computation.
Does each and every inbound link
contribute to the overall total?
PageRank can be compared to a form of voting. A link to a given Webpage
can be thought of as a vote for that page. Some documents with higher
PageRank are viewed by Google as more important. The "votes" from pages
with high Page Rank are given greater importance by Google - much more
importance in some cases. Overall, the more inbound links pointing to a
specific Web site, the stronger the PageRank will be. Many people
interpret PageRank as a quantitative measure of link popularity.
the number of links from a page make a difference?
The total number of outbound links from a page does contribute to the
amount of PageRank transferred to each receiving page. A Web page with
twenty outbound links sends one twentieth of the total available
PageRank flow to the receiving page. A document linking to only one
other document sends all of the available PageRank transfer to the next
Is it important to have good PageRank?
Yes, because PageRank is one part of the Google algorithm that
determines where your blog or website will appear in the search engine
results. Higher PR pages, especially for competitive keywords, will
often be listed higher, but high PageRank is only one of an estimated
one hundred contributing factors in Google's algorithm. PageRank (PR)
should not be considered the most important factor in search engine
rankings. Quality content and relevant links are of utmost importance,
but PageRank is certainly an important factor to take into
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Google PageRank tool is
provided for informational purposes only.