Google Page Ranks have been updated as of January 20th 2011! In previous years Google PR has updated at least 5 times per year. In 2010, according to the Google PR Update Informational Website, Google PageRanks were updated a whopping ONE TIME – April 3, 2010.
Since Marvelous Mommy wasn’t launched until April 1, 2010, I have never had a Google PR. I am happy to say I am now a 2!! Check your PageRank instantly. Just type in your website address in the box below.
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What is Google PR and why do you need it?
Google Page Rank shows the quality of your website according to Google. Some sites are more likely to be clicked than others.
PageRank can be thought of as a model of user behavior. We assume there is a “random surfer” who is given a web page at random and keeps clicking on links, never hitting “back” but eventually gets bored and starts on another random page. The probability that the random surfer visits a page is its PageRank.
~Founders of Google,
The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine
If you are a blogger, particularly a review and giveaway blogger that works with companies, having a Google PR is important; to some anyways. I don’t believe companies should only be looking at your PR, however many do and will not even attempt to work with you without an established PR. Enormous bloggers such as Simply Stacie have been turned away due to PR even though her rank was low due to a platform switch. Plus we know Google isn’t very keen on updating their info. Ideally companies should be looking at a combination of stats and not just PR.
Want to increase your PageRank?
Most importantly: get as many quality, relevant, inbound links or backlinks as you can. Basically you want other people to link back to you. The higher those sites are ranked, the better it is for your rank! Other factors less influential include: How fast your site loads, How frequently you post articles, How well-written your articles are, The number of words your articles have, and How accurate your content is.