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More Evidence That Google Pr Means Diddley
Posted 12 January 2004 - 05:07 PM
Posted 12 January 2004 - 05:35 PM
Posted 12 January 2004 - 05:44 PM
Firstly, the toolbar is only a limited meter of PR. It goes on a scale of 1 to 10. A PR of 5.999999 would still report a PR5 on the toolbar. A PR of 6.00000001 is an almost identical number to the original number, but it'd show a PR6 on the toolbar, even though there is very little difference.
Also, bear in mind, that PR is done on a curve. Ideally (though I don't know if the curve is actually weighted exactly like this) 50% of all pages on the web would have a PR of 5. (or 4 or whatever they picked as the mean value). As pages come and go, the relative value of your page may change and show a different PR value, but within the limited representation of the pages the come up in your search results, there would be little change in how you place. (I have had pages that vary from 3-5 from month to month and they get relatively consistent traffic and rankings.)
True, you are correct. PR has less and less to do with how your page ranks within a set of SERPs nowadays, but it does still have an affect on your page as compared to all the other documents on the web, among other things.
Posted 13 January 2004 - 04:16 PM
Grumpus, when you say PR is done on a "curve," do you mean a bell curve/normal distribution with lots of sites in the middle and few low and high? I understood that sites with ever higher PR fell off more at a steep logarithmic slope, which would make more of a skewed, pyramid-shaped hierarchy (tons of sites at the bottom, very few at the top).
Not that it matters that much... but better understanding is always good.
Posted 13 January 2004 - 04:55 PM
Posted 13 January 2004 - 07:05 PM
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