April 10th, 2008
I get a lot of questions on Google’s page rank meter. I was asked by a friend of mine:
Question 1: Based on the Google Page Rank, the highest rank I’ve come across so far has been with latimes.com (8 out of 10) and nytimes.com (9 out of 10). Besides Google, Yahoo and the rest that calculate page rankings, do you know of any sites that have a perfect 10 ranking? Question 2: Last week I saw the LATimes.com site ranked 9 out of 10, but this week it’s back to an 8. Any thoughts on why they dropped?
To be short and sweet, I don’t know of any sites that have perfect 10 page ranking. But should you even care? Page Rank is one small portion of Google’s total algorithm and only looking at one small portion of a larger picture often times doesn’t give you the best point of view. A site can rank in different positions for many different keyword phrases, so PR isn’t going to, in itself, indicate where in the results you will show up for a given keyword – since your positioning is based how a person searches for your site along with many other factors that happen to include Page Rank in the equation.
You could say PR tells you how "networked" your site is. PR is thought to be a logarithmic function of the number, and possibly the total quality, of in-bound links a site has accumulated. So, the more in-bound links you have, the higher your PR. But it gets harder and harder to climb up the PR ladder since the equation has a logarithmic base.
You may have noticed: the Page Rank meter that you might have installed on your FireFox or IE web browser is not always accurately reflecting Google’s internal Page Rank numbers for 2 reasons:
A site’s Google PR can drop for a few reasons that I am aware of:
Yes. Since the Page Rank number of a web page is updated every 3 months or so, we know we are looking at historical data (an image from the past). For this reason we can usually judge the past activities of a site in terms of in-bound links and how much "link" juice a site receives in general – and if all else equal (the site has not participated in any type of known web spam activity since the last update) then we might even be able to determine the current health of the site – weather or not we want to acquire a link from the site or if we want to link out to the site.
And no, other than Google’s home page, I don’t know of a web page that has a perfect 10 PR, do you?
• 10 years ago
Great Article… there are more than one website (other than Google) with a Page Rank of 10.
http://www.w3.org, http://www.adobe.com, http://www.energy.gov, http://www.macromedia.com, http://www.nasa.gov, http://www.nsf.gov, http://www.whitehouse.gov, http://www.real.com, http://www.doe.gov, http://www.usa.gov