Toolbar PageRank Gone?

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UPDATE: I communicated with Matt Cutts about this post, and here is a portion of what he said in response: "PageRank option for IE toolbar is available under Toolbar Options (click on wrench icon on right) -> Privacy -> Enhanced features. You can Turn ON/OFF PageRank by checking/unchecking "Use PageRank to see Google's view … [Read more...]

Page Rank Demystified

By Eric Enge The Page Rank Algorithm Google Page Rank is a system used by Google for measuring the number and quality of links onto a web site. Originally defined in a thesis by the Google founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Page Rank has become the source of much confusion and myth. Many webmasters and SEOs are obsessed with … [Read more...]

The Disproportionate Value of Deep Links

The impact of a few external links to the pages more than one click away from your home page appears be greater than what you might first expect. In today's post I am going to explore why that may be the case, and how to leverage it. First let me go into my theory on the matter. For this example, let's assume we have a high PR … [Read more...]

Is Google Going to Expand its Punishments of Paid Links?

Search Engine Roundtable put up a post yesterday asking Are SEOs Still Buying Links?. Based on this post, I thought I would update my thoughts on whether or not SEOs will continue to purchase paid links. First though, let's start with some poll data from Barry at Search Engine Roundtable. The post starts by presenting the output … [Read more...]

Using NoFollow to Manage PageRank flow.

Recently, in a conversation that Matt Cutts had with Rand Fishkin, Matt confirmed that Google does not see the use of NoFollow on your web sites as a spam tactic. Here are Matt's exact words: The nofollow attribute is just a mechanism that gives webmasters the ability to modify PageRank flow at link-level granularity. Plenty of … [Read more...]

Page Rank, and Query Specific Page Rank

Page Rank gets a bad rap sometimes. It's easy to understand why. People got obsessed with Page Rank a few years back, and for a long time, people would not let go of the notion that Page Rank was the only thing you needed to worry about in SEO. For that reason, many really smart SEOs started to downplay it greatly, and to suggest … [Read more...]

Page Rank Update Underway

Matt Cutts has confirmed that there is a Google Page Rank update underway. In addition, data returned by site:, link:, and info: commands are being updated as well. As always, please bear in mind that Page Rank has very little influence on rankings. It's most inportant impact is that it determines the crawl depth and frequency of … [Read more...]