Watershed Day for Blogs News Reviews


Scematic of PageRank mechanics by Felipe Micaroni LallYesterday, Blogs News Reviews received a promotion to Google PageRank 2.

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,

PR(A)={1 - d \over N} + d \left( \frac{PR(B)}{L(B)}+ \frac{PR(C)}{L(C)}+ \frac{PR(D)}{L(D)}+\,\cdots \right).

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 a fabulous contest at Blogger’s Alchemy that 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 welcomed me right away. 

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!

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Drawing of PageRank mechanics by Felipe Micaroni Lalli (micaroni@gmail.com)

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.

Author: AstroGremlin

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22 thoughts on “Watershed Day for Blogs News Reviews”

  1. Dear Astro G,

    I don’t know what my current PageRank is – it was okay on Squidoo 6 months ago (IIRC it was 5). I’m starting to see some evidence that PageRank (based on traffic) is much less a factor now.

    Well, cheers . . my green friend.

    Here’s hoping you keep on doubling your popularity on the web,

    Rose (aka sousababy)

  2. Thanks for the mention here Astro, and for your participation in the contest. Certainly looks like you’re coming out on top although I have to say I’m a tad confused about how it all works and whether Brian’s already picked the winners or not.

    No matter!

    PR’s a slightly wierd thing and after my domain change I shifted down from PR3 to PR1 and just popped back up to PR2… But little or no change in actual Search Rankings which leads me to believe it’s not a huge factor.

    One thing’s for sure though, higher PR pages attract more spammers, and also more offers for guest posts if you’ve opened your doors to that.

    Congrats anyway, whatever the truth of PR it’s certainly no bad thing for it to be going UP!
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  3. I think that the pagerank formula is really complex and for the average webmaster you dont need to understand it in great detail, the higher the better when it comes to your website but for most I think that level of understanding is enough!
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  4. Funny I always thought up-to-dateness was up-to-datedness !

    But I’m imagining only the most technically astute bloggers will bother stepping into paying much attention to their PageRanks. I am, nevertheless very happy to read from one so nerdy stepping into the poetic-license realm of creating words:

    ‘knowledgeification’ and ‘smartitude’

    Gumptious words ignite and stimulate, I have however, sometimes pondered whether creating words, may impinge in some way, on one’s status recognition albeit, the episteme of PageRank ?
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  5. Thats quite exciting post.Even the Pagerank of my website increased to 4 in the latest update.Its good to see that Google trust your website and you’re doing a nice job. Congrats Astro. This will surely give you may advantages.

  6. See, now you thought me a little bit more about pagerank and the fact that I have absolutely no clue what my pagerank is.. lol.. Thanks for dropping by on my blog too and glad to discover yours!

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