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Google PageRank Assignment Dissected

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Google PageRank Assignment Dissected

Fecha alta: March 16, 2009 11:17:55 PM
Author: Anonymous
Categoría: World: English: Internet: Seo-Sem
In the SEO community there is a lot of focus on PageRank as an indicator of a domain's value. Although it is one of the most important aspects of a domain's value in the eyes of Google, there are a few things that should be mentioned.

This is true for both external and internal links. Pages that don't have any PageRank are often referred to as having N/A PageRank.

First of all, for anybody who doesn't know what PageRank is - it is a metric used by Google to decide how important a domain is based on analysis of link on the internet.

Google PageRank has eleven values, between 1 and 10. The higher the PageRank, the more likely Google is to trust it. Google gives each page on the internet a value and when one page links to another it passes some value onto the page it is linking to.

The higher the PageRank of web pages linking to a given page, the higher its PageRank is likely to be. So, if a page has 4 PageRank 4 and 3 PageRank 3 links pointing at it, it will probably be assigned a PageRank of 4.

Probably the most important factor in the distribution of PageRank to a web page is the PageRank of the web pages linking to it. The sheer quantity of links does not help to increase PageRank.

PageRank is generally not assigned to a web page higher than the pages that link to it. A site can have a high PageRank with relatively few links pointing to it if those links are of a high PageRank.In addition, pages that have a lot of low PageRank and PageRank N/A links pointing to them can have their PageRank lowered as a result.

Some suggest that the text content of the page affects PageRank assignment, but this doesn't seem to be the case. There is no substantiated evidence that text affects PageRank other than pages that have been spammed often have their PageRank removed.

When it come to sub-pages, time is a factor in PageRank assignment. When new sites first get given PageRank their sub-pages often remain without any PageRank. In general, sub-pages are a little slow to get give PageRank.

Google is generally less trusting of sub-pages unless they belong to a trusted domain. In particular websites with a lot of sub-pages and even more so sites that link to a lot of internal pages (like directories) can struggle to pass their PageRank to internal pages.

The architecture of the site has a major role to play in the assignment of PageRank. Google uses what is known as block level analysis to pick apart web pages. They use their knowledge of the architecture of the web to decide what links on a page are probably the most important and the pages these links point to are more likely to be assigned PageRank.Google can and do manipulate websites' PageRank.

This is generally as a penalty for sites that have used unhonest practices. This can often cause all the site's sub-pages to loose their PageRank. It has also been claimed that in the past Google has made mistakes in PageRank updates.

Finally, the PageRank of a web page may change even though there has been no change in the links pointing to that page. This is either due to changes in the structure of links between all websites or modifications made by Google.Sky Alfaro is an SEO consultant with the SEM Labs SEO Agency where she helps small to medium sized companies with search engine marketing training.

Autor: Jessica Navarro
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