Formula to obtain a high Google Page Rank

Google Page Rank (PR) is one of the foremost indicators about the popularity of a blog, website or a single web page. In fact, many advertisers or ad networks use the PR as the primary criterion along with traffic ranks to accept or reject publisher or blogger accounts while signing up. Due to the same reason, bloggers usually go gaga over the same in an attempt to maintain or increase their blogs’ PR status.

How many backlinks will it take?

It is a known fact that more backlinks from high PR pages will eventually result in an increase of your blog’s PR. But how many backlinks will it take for a blog to receive a particular Page Rank? The following table will give you some idea.

The table below (courtesy: TNX.Net) essentially have the public PR numbered from 1 to 10 along X and Y axes. The Y axis shows the page rank that you desire for and the X axis shows the number of backlinks it will take from pages with a particular PR (column header) in order to obtain the PR that you want. For example, for your blog to get a page rank of 5, you need just three backlinks from pages of PR 6 or have 101 backlinks from pages with PR 4 instead.

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The above formula also explains the monetizing power of a high PR blog. Other than the advertisers, you can actually sell links from your high PR blogs to those bloggers who want to obtain similar PRs easily. In fact, I had written about the monetizing potential of the blogroll a few posts ago. Of course, Google can ban blogs that contains sponsored reviews and paid links but that does not prevent most bloggers and webmasters from monetizing the page rank.

Other Page Rank facts

  • The public page rank of web pages, as published by Google three to four times a year, is a number ranging from 0 and 10. But internally Google uses a value that is calculated on a real time basis to rank the search results and this real page rank is not an integer between 0 and 10.
  • As the public page rank is updated only once in a while, your current page rank is not necessarily an indication of your exact search ranking at a given point of time.
  • A lot of people tend to worry about the page rank of their home page (main URL) alone. In order to get the best search ranking for your content, you need to also have good PR for your other pages as well. The internal linking of your pages play an important role here.
  • If you have very good content, SEO friendly page structure and some good keywords, even with a PR as low as zero, your pages should be getting figured in the Google search results pages.
  • There could be several other aspects that are taken into consideration by Google to derive the final page rank.

How important is Google PR for you and your blog? Please share your thoughts on the same here and please do not forget to bookmark this post, if found useful.

Comments

  1. Deborah Katy :

    Your website is quite interesting. I come here everyday to take a look and see the good tips you give. Thank you for this one about the pagerank. Mine is till zero but now I have an idea of what to do to make it get better :-)

    • Ajith :

      Thanks for your comments and for being regular, Deborah. I keep visiting your blog once in while as well. As for the PR, even mine is zero as it was launched only 3 months back (started the work in March and launched mid-April). Let us hope that all of us get some good PR recognition from Google :)

      Ajith

  2. Greeting from Vietnam. Thanks for useful entry!

  3. SK :

    Good to c that u r getting viewers from across the globe

  4. Very important. Great work. Thanks a lot.

  5. nice post really. helped to know more about page rank clearly.

  6. My PR is 4, but I don’t even know what it means. Can somebody explain what’s good about PR and how one takes advantage of it?

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  7. NateTheGrate,
    Page Rank signifies your page’s relevance in the eyes of Google Search. A PR0 means that you are not much visible in the search results but PR10 has the highest visibility (and hence more search visitors). Page Rank alone will not do much but will definitely increase the chances of increasing your readership, conversions (ad clicks, affiliation etc). It also improves your chances of getting better pay out for your private ad sales or paid reviews etc.

    I saw that you have a huge number of backlinks from other blogs/sites. However, the alexa rank has to improve a lot to attrac advertisers.

    Good luck!

  8. A small correction “For example, for your blog to receive a page rank of 5, you need just three backlinks from pages of PR 6 or have 101 backlinks from pages with PR 3 instead.”

    It should be “For example, for your blog to receive a page rank of 5, you need just three backlinks from pages of PR 6 or have 101 backlinks from pages with PR 4 instead”.

    OR

    “For example, for your blog to receive a page rank of 5, you need just three backlinks from pages of PR 6 or have 555 backlinks from pages with PR 3 instead”.

    Thought it is good but PR depends on many things.. Backlink from a similar niche adds more power.

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  9. TechnoSamrat :) thanks a lot bud… Nobody else spotted that mistake so far… You must be very good at numbers and tables. Though I had proof read it twice before posting, I couldn’t see this issue as well…

    Thanks again and I am correcting it right now!

    Cheers,
    Ajith

  10. Helena G :

    just found the google table for pagerank at:

    http://www.webseomasters.com

  11. @Helena, most of the PR predictions don’t really work as they cannot consider paid links, reviews etc. Thanks for the SEO site though… They have a pretty neat set of tools there.

  12. I have a question, firstly its really great information about PR from back link, i want to know how inbound links help google ranking? is there any positive impact ?

  13. @Makorsha,
    Google puts some weightage (nobody knows how much) on internal linking as well. Basically it shows how connected and logically related your entire website content is… You will see that some pages with good internal linking (even internal trackbacks) tend to get a high PR even without many external links.

    An example is below:
    http://www.dollarshower.com/article-spinning-to-promote-your-blog/

    This article has four to five internal links and only one or two external links – that too not from high PR pages. It happens to get a PR but many other articles written long back, with more backlinks don’t have one.

  14. Lee :

    How important do you think PR really is? One of my sites went from pr5 to pr4 to pr3 to pr2 over the last few updates but traffic is up 150%. Go figure!

  15. @Lee, for the ‘search’ traffic it is really important. May not be for the overall traffic. Your traffic might have increased, but did the search traffic increase or at least maintained at the same level when you dropped from PR5 to PR2? I doubt that :)

    If you have several thousand referral visitors or RSS visitors, you don’t need to worry about PR.

    Another thing, sometimes to get quality advertisers, you might need a good PR as well.

  16. Lee :

    My search traffic (nearly all from Google) went from 52% of total visitors up to 58% over that period, that’s why I don’t think pr matters too much.

  17. qarla :

    is the chart for real? hmm.. i know one guy, he obtained page rank 2 for only 3 months. wew!

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  18. jgand :

    Ajith Prasad,

    Does the PR theory only apply to blogs or does this apply to regular ecommerce sites?

  19. @Lee, that’s a good news. But have you thought of hitting 75 or 80% traffic from search? That’s when PR and keyword optimization play a greater role.

    @qarla, the chart is from TNX and not made by me :) But it’s true that PR calculation (internal PR) rely a lot on number of backlinks with varying authorities.

    @jgand, the PR is ‘Page Rank’ and it’s applicable for every single page (out of the millions) that is indexed by Google – not just for blogs. In fact, other search engines also have similar mechanisms for their internal use. It’s just that Google made it a big thing due to their highly successful Searc Engine Marketing.

  20. Wow! I’ve actually never seen a chart like this before. It definitely explains why there are so few high-ranked websites.

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