What is a Google PageRank? How can I get one?

Last week we talked briefly about PageRank and how Google is ranking many IndependentOwners.com websites. However, you may have been left wondering: What is a PageRank? How do I get one? Where can I see my PageRank? What if I don’t have a PageRank from Google?

First things first everyone…What is a PageRank?
Without getting into tech lingo, PageRank is Google’s trademarked measurement of the quality and relevance of pages of a website, ie, 0/10, 2/10, 6/10 etc.

Google explains it best at their website: “PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyses the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves “important” weigh more heavily and help to make other pages “important.”

How do I get one?
Patience. Page ranking does not happen over night. One of our first Member websites to be ranked, www.cocobaycondo.com, was one of our first customers! However, you can certainly help the process along.

Google wants to see that Internet users think your website is worthwhile. How do they know that? Links. The more people that link to your website, the more value Google sees in it.

For example, if you link directly to the Spain page of VillasPeople.com because you have a holiday home there. Google sees the link to that page from your website as you voting once for that page.

Another example is if you write a story to Dear Editor from your CMA or post a comment on the IndependentOwners.com Blog. These can both give you a link back to your website, which means a vote for you!

Links, links and more links, but make sure there are a number of travel/holiday related websites that link to you, not just directories.

What if I don’t have a Google PageRank?
If you don’t have a PageRank from Google, don’t worry! It doesn’t mean that Google isn’t seeing your website or that your website will not appear in the search results.

PageRank is not easily attainable and generally takes a long time before Google awards one at all! Just getting on the radar is something to really be proud of! It means other people are voting for you and that Google sees you as a quality website with potential in time to gain even higher rankings.

Now let’s be quite clear. If a page has a rank of 0/10, it does not mean that it is a poor website. In fact, every website begins with no PageRank at all! That being said, a 2/10 is good. It means that you are beginning to make your mark on the Internet. A 4/10 is very good, a 6/10 is great and an 8/10 is superior and extremely difficult to obtain!

Most of you, our Members, have very young websites so again, if you don’t have a PageRank, relax. With a little time and effort it will happen.

Here are some examples of ranked websites and what their ranking is:

Google home page- 10/10 (hmmm)
BBC News home page- 9/10
Virgin.com home page- 6/10
A Place in the Sun Live home page- 5/10
Tesco home page- 6/10
Friends Reunited home page 6/10

The point of the list above is to show that it takes a major established website to obtain a PageRank above 5/10. If you were to visit a couple of those websites and dig a little deeper, you will find that a lot of their pages don’t have rankings at all.

Let’s use VillasPeople as our example here: The Home Page of has a rank of 4/10. Now look at the Bulgaria villas page, its PageRank is 3/10. One of the newest pages is the Australia accommodation page.  Because it is so new, it doesn’t have a PageRank at all.  Each page is its own entity.

PageRank is something to be proud of! But remember that like all things related to SEO (Search Engine Optimization), it takes more than a PageRank to define the worth and value of your website. PageRank is not the be all and end all of SEO, but rather one of many things.

Don’t become overly concerned about your PageRank. Focus instead on properly building a high quality site with loads of great content that serves your visitors well. If you do this, improved PageRank will follow naturally.

To learn more about SEO, head to your CMA and navigate to the My Optimization package which will give you an easy to understand overview of just what SEO is, and why it is vital for impressing the major Search Engines.

Where can I find my PageRank?

Easy! Simply go to MyPageRank.net and select Google PageRank Button from the list of Free Services to the right. Next type in your website URL in the field provided and click Check PR. Magically it will appear!


8 Responses to “What is a Google PageRank? How can I get one?”

  1. 1 Dave Newell May 21, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for the great article on this!!

    dave, http://www.thehistorybluff.com

  2. 3 qazse May 22, 2008 at 12:58 am

    qazse.com has a Google rank of 5/10. I have been plugging away posting poetry for 2+ years. Building a blogroll and some mentions in the body of other blogs were invaluable.

    I like this site. If I become a vacation property owner I will keep you in mind.

  3. 4 timethief May 22, 2008 at 1:22 am

    I have a a very popular related post on my blog that your readers may be interested in. It describes how to improve your Google page rank. 🙂

  4. 5 Stevie G May 23, 2008 at 9:13 am

    So just a quick question from an interested member. Does a say 3 out of 10 ranking mean my site is three times better than a 1 out of 10 in the eyes of Google? Or is it more complicated than that?

  5. 6 iowners May 23, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Hi Stevie G. Excellent question! In answer to your first question, no, 3/10 is not three times better that 1/10. Secondly, yes, it is more complicated than that.

    The exact calculation, or algorithm, used for PageRank is known only to Google. What we do know is that it is a logarithmic scale which means that each higher level is progressively more difficult to reach.

    That means that a 3/10 is much more than just three times better than a 1/10. Simply put, it means that to move from 2/10 to 3/10 takes significantly more than it did for you to move from 1/10 to 2/10 and so on up the scale.

    Now you might be asking yourself: “So what do I need to do to keep my PageRank rising?” Like I mentioned in the article above, incoming links are vital as are website age, good meta information, page structure and more.

    If you are having concerns about the quality of your website in terms of PageRank, head to your CMA and read about My Optimization. It is a product designed to help you attain not only a better PageRank, but better overall results in the Search Engines.

  6. 7 richardxthripp July 1, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Interesting stuff. I couldn’t find any site besides google.com that is 10/10. Even ebay.com, amazon.com, wordpress.com, etc. fall short at 9/10. I guess they reserve that rank for themselves.

  7. 8 Lisa September 18, 2008 at 11:33 am

    very informative , one question is this possible to get 8 PR for external blogs.

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