Wednesday, August 18, 2004
The PageRank 100 Incident
I was just looking through Google Blogoscoped, which longtime readers of this blog (that would be since yesterday) know is one of my favorite blogs. I discovered this gem, called "The PageRank 100 Incident". Philipp tells the story of Josh, who gets the ultimate ranking of 100 in Google, causing the entire world to be interested in what he has to say.
A little word on PageRank: PageRank is Google's technology for deciding which pages go first. Oversimplified, when a page links to another page, such as the links in the previous paragraph, that page is giving a vote, saying "this page is interesting on the subject I am talking about". The words around the link and the placement of the link make it more valuable. The PageRank of the page giving the link also decides how much the link is worth. For Search Engine Optimizers, PageRank is the most important thing in the world. A low PageRank pretty much means your site doesn't have a chance. I know I am always going around the internet looking for ways to elevate my lowly site's PageRank from a 4 to at least a 6. There's more to it, but that's got to hold for a much longer future post.
And for more fun, check out the first blog ever (via Saltwater Pizza).