Before now, it was PageRank 1.
“Yippee!” I thought.
Then I realized I didn’t actually know what PageRank means.
I decided to find out what PageRank is. I went to Wikipedia, where I get my knowledge.
First, I learned that PageRank is named after a guy.
“PageRank is a link analysis algorithm, named after Larry Page and used by the Google Internet search engine . . . .”
In tech talk, here’s what Page Rank does.
The PageRank “assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents, such as the World Wide Web, with the purpose of “measuring” its relative importance within the set.”
Ooookay. So my “importance” to Google apparently just doubled? Yahoo!
But I checked with some regular people. My importance hasn’t doubled for them. And they are still bored silly by my blog.
Wikipedia also tells me. “The name “PageRank” is a trademark of Google . . . Google has exclusive license rights on the patent from Stanford University. The university received 1.8 million shares of Google in exchange for use of the patent; the shares were sold in 2005 for $336 million.”
Wow, I’m thinking, Stanford was probably pretty jazzed to get a third of a billion dollars, and will undoubtedly put it to good use. Then I’m thinking, what if they had hung onto those 1.8 million shares? Oh well, not being into gambling on the stock market is sometimes smart.
Here’s the exciting part: “PageRank is a probability distribution used to represent the likelihood that a person randomly clicking on links will arrive at any particular page.”
Wait there’s more,
There’s a “damping factor” based on “an imaginary surfer who is randomly clicking on links” and it is assumed this surfer “will eventually stop clicking.”
Well, this doesn’t match my experience, but I’m guessing some surfers died, so they must have stopped clicking. It is “generally assumed that the damping factor will be set around 0.85”
So I interpret this as saying if you are a randomly clicking surfer, you have a .85% of keeling over at your keyboard. Caveat: I’m not super technical but good luck out there everybody.
Here’s the juicy part:
“The damping factor is subtracted from 1 (and in some variations of the algorithm, the result is divided by the number of documents (N) in the collection) and this term is then added to the product of the damping factor and the sum of the incoming PageRank scores. That is,
Oh, sorry, I must have dozed off.
Anyway, Wikipedia says this, “The PageRank of a particular page is roughly based upon the quantity of inbound links as well as the PageRank of the pages providing the links. Other factors are also part of the algorithm such as the size of a page, the number of changes and its up-to-dateness, the key texts in headlines and the words of hyperlinked anchor texts.“
I did not even know “up-to-dateness” was a word! This shows how much knowledgeification and smartitude Wikipedia contains.
(I kid. Wikipedia is awesome, and doesn’t pay its volunteer writers, who vary dramatically in skill. I estimate that about .85% of Wikipedia writers are marginal at best. If you come into a couple of extra bucks, pitch in and contribute to Wikipedia.)
So there you have it. Google PageRank is quite well understood and somehow pretty important.
The second great event for Blogs News Reviews was a free membership to BlogEngage, a blogger’s sharing community.
As far as I can tell, I won the membership in athat is still going on! I’m delighted because I have friends there and BlogEngage helps build backlinks and engagement.
The webmaster of BlogEngage, Brian Belfitt, is a super nice guy and
You don’t have to have a membership to read posts (good for finding serious sites where you can comment, hint, hint) and engage on the Forum. Just register for free.
Also, search on me, AstroGremlin, for some fabulous posts that you may have already seen here. The difference? Well, they’re on BlogEngage!
Drawing of PageRank mechanics by Felipe Micaroni Lalli (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Update: After nearly two years, Blogs News Reviews was again promoted to PageRank 3! “Uptodateness” doesn’t seem to have been a major factor, since posting has been, um, how do I say this politely, ridiculously lazy.