What is Pagerank?
PageRank is a link analysis algorithm that assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents, such as the World Wide Web, with the purpose of “measuring” its relative importance within the set. The algorithm may be applied to any collection of entities with reciprocal quotations and references. The numerical weight that it assigns to any given element E is also called the PageRank of E and denoted by PR(E) –
Google’s description of Pagerank:
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 analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves “important” weigh more heavily and help to make other pages “important”.
For quite a while, my blog was stuck with a Pagerank of 4 but now it finally made it to a Pagerank of 5. I found out about it last week when I was checking my pagerank using iWebTool’s Pagerank checker. I’m not 100% sure how I was able to increase my Google Pagerank but I do remember doing a couple of things recently that could’ve helped in increasing my blog’s pagerank.
A couple weeks back, I came across an article about increasing a blog’s Google Pagerank. One of the tips that was mentioned was adding a sitemap to your blog or website. Since I didn’t have a sitemap for my blog, I went on and researched on how to create one. Fortunately I came across the Google Sitemaps Generator plugin by Arne Brachold. What this plugin does is it generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. Once I installed and activated the plugin, I created a sitemap for my blog then I submitted and added it into my Google Webmaster Tools dashboard.
I’m no expert but I do hope my experience could help and provide you with additional useful information. I know there are other ways of increasing a site’s pagerank and I’d greatly appreciate it if you can share it with me and my readers.
Check out Pagerank Explained for a more detailed explanation on Pagerank.
I’ve edited the title of this post after I was informed by jhay that Google did it’s regular PR update. I know about the PR updates but it didn’t dawn on me that my Pagerank increased because of the update, I totally forgot about the PR updates. Anyways, I also confirmed this after I read the article on PinoyTechBlog – Google PR Update Underway?.