Remember the cliques and popularity contests that were apparent all throughout High School? PageRank is the same – but this time – we’re fighting for site popularity.
In High School usually everyone was concerned or at least acknowledged the want for popularity. Some made it their life’s work, while others, weren’t as obsessed with gaining respect from their peers and followers. In my opinion – this has become evident in the PageRank community also. Some webmasters overly obsess over the ranking Google sends their way – while others could care less.
What’s important to remember regarding Google’s PageRank is that it isn’t the de facto decider of a blog’s success. Although we should be somewhat concerned with PR (PageRank) – we should be more concerned over the means of obtaining a good PR. Quality inbound links.
PageRank is a high-tech, gangly beast – but inbound links generally sums up the method for which PR generates its rankings. From this point on, think of links pointing to your blog as a vote. The more votes cast for your site – the higher your PR will become.
Votes are also weighted by the PR of the site that links to your site. This is where PR becomes confusing – and would take more than just one post to explain to great detail.
PageRank Updated June 2009
Nearing the end of June – Google once again updated it’s PageRanks for all sites across the net. Here at SmartBoyDesigns.com, we’ve gone from a PR of 3 – to a PR of 4. I attribute this mainly to the continued support of readers linking back to my content. I thank you tremendously.
With this latest update – how have you fared?
PageRank is a tricky beast. It’s important to draw that fine line between obsessive and careless regarding the ranking system – as it’s still important in regards to SEO and link building. We must also remember that a blog can still continue to grow and succeed with a low PageRank – as producing content will lead to increased links – and thus, an increased PageRank.
The take away here is that content should be your main focus – and popularity (PR) will soon follow.
Much like in High School – let your deeds speak for you – not your obsession over popularity.