How important is page rank?

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Is page rank the #1 attribute I should be concerned about when trying to snag the top spot in Google?

I've heard different scenarios on this and I just want a crystal clear answer.
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  • Profile picture of the author commoditytrainer
    No, Page Rank has virtually no impact in search engine results, PR get you authority in the eyes of everyone on the internet, i.e. if you have a PR 7 then you will get emails all day long asking for those to link to you. You can achieve great search results with low PR, but if you are in this for the long haul, then I would work on getting your PR established within a year, say PR 5, then as times goes on you can find relationships with other site that have higher PR than yours and help you to gain PR. At first, though don't be to concerned about it, if you do your natural link building campaign, you should get a PR of 3, or 4, then as times goes on your PR will go up slowly.

    Remember this: One link from a high PR site, like 6 or 7, can give you a big jump in PR, better than thousands of links to get your site that high. Good Luck.
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  • Having a high page rank is not required to get a high ranking. While the PR does help, all it is really used for is to rank the "authority" of a site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Samuel Symes
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  • Profile picture of the author watson229
    In my opinion high pr really helps you in getting good results bu it is not the biggest factor.
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    • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
      Originally Posted by protravelnetwork View Post

      No Page rank is not more important, its just a google metric but Google gives high Page rank to those sites which have high quality content and every thing well balanced.
      If you have page rank more then 4 then it means that you are good in the eye of Google.
      You need to upload content regularly to get some page rank.
      If you go for ranking in Google then i have seen that there are many sites which are on top of Google with no page rank. But with the latest algorithm, Google is giving PR 1 to all of those sites which have content on it.

      Thanks
      Where do I start...

      Page Rank is NOT based only upon content quality. It is highly based upon incoming votes to your site from other sites especially authority sites with high PR.

      PR4 and above does not mean anything like "good in the eyes of Google". PR is given to a page, not a site. If I create a new page today it will be a PR0. It may be "good in the eyes of Google", but until people start linking to the page it will remain a PR0. (Google doesn't care.)

      Uploading content regularly???? PR is PAGE BASED. Each new page of content MUST rank on it's own. You will gain on PR for your home page if all of those new content items link back to it and they gain in PR.

      Google is giving PR1 to all sites with content? HUH???? Every site has content and the MAJORITY of all web pages online are PR0.

      Ryan,

      As other people have pointed out, you want to find high PR incoming links which will push your site higher on Google, and in all likelihood will start pushing your PR higher.

      Just keep in mind, ranking and PR are all PAGE BASED, not SITE BASED. You will need to create backlinks for each page you wish to rank.

      Plus your incoming links need to come from those high PR pages on other sites, not "from a high PR site" because unless the page has high PR it doesn't pass much ranking or PR juice on to you.

      Barry
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  • Profile picture of the author Illuminart
    Actually, I don't care regarding my site will get a high PR or not since SEO relies heavily on the quality of backlinks and not on pagerank.
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  • Profile picture of the author lovboa
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    PR is only valuable when you're trying to sell your site...Because people are in love with PR.
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  • Profile picture of the author WakondaMarketing
    I really don;t give a damn on my websites' PR but I do give a damn on the sites where I get backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author timwilson38
    Keyword ranking is much important than Page Rank, and should focus on increasing keyword SERP.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruby Tyagi
    Dear Ryan,

    I am new to this site and this is my first comment I was just going through this thread of yours and actually got confused after reading the various answers.........Hope you could help me and tell me what is the difference between PR and Ranking???

    Ruby
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    • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
      Originally Posted by Ruby Tyagi View Post

      what is the difference between PR and Ranking???
      Hi Ruby,

      Ranking = The position you are "ranked" or the position you have achieved in the Google search results for keyword phrases you are targeting.

      PR = Google's Pagerank, a number which combines a number of factors to give a numeric value of authority. The highest PR sites are ones like Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, etc.. You can view Pagerank with many toolbars and SEO tools. Web pages always start with a PR0 and can gain in PR if they receive enough links (votes) from other higher PR sites.

      PR and Ranking do not always go hand in hand for any particular phrase...You can have low PR sites ranking very highly for a phrase depending on on-page optimization, relevance, and numbers of incoming links.

      Barry

      P.S. You can learn more about Pagerank here: PageRank - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    • Profile picture of the author Devid1
      Originally Posted by Ruby Tyagi View Post

      Dear Ryan,

      I am new to this site and this is my first comment I was just going through this thread of yours and actually got confused after reading the various answers.........Hope you could help me and tell me what is the difference between PR and Ranking???

      Ruby
      Page rank is like a reputation of a website and ranking means the search result position of a website.
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  • Profile picture of the author bookmark58
    The importance of Pagerank can be scored by the point that Google considers the Pagerank as one of the main point while ranking a site in its search results. If you have a good Pagerank then you have high chance to be ranked above any other lower ranked page.In fact the main element of allocating a Pagerank to any webpage is the number of sites linking to the webpage and their own Pagerank value

    Pagerank is measure with a scale from 0 to 10.
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  • Profile picture of the author bwhosting
    Yes, page rank is still important for most reliable. by the way now a days in seo point view keywords ranking on serp is important for more business.
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  • Profile picture of the author prcys
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    Originally Posted by Ryan Sterling View Post

    Is page rank the #1 attribute I should be concerned about when trying to snag the top spot in Google?

    I've heard different scenarios on this and I just want a crystal clear answer.
    As per me pagerank is important when you want to exchange the links with other. And also pagerank shows the reputation of the site and people always like to deal with the reputed people. And you have seen many times that before any of deal people first ask for the pagerank of the site. And that is why for me pagerank is important. But it depend on you that how much importance you give to pagerank.
    And if pagerank no matters then when it update why people just start talking on that and wait for the pagerank updates.
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  • Profile picture of the author krishacetravison
    Originally Posted by Ryan Sterling View Post

    Is page rank the #1 attribute I should be concerned about when trying to snag the top spot in Google?

    I've heard different scenarios on this and I just want a crystal clear answer.
    No. It's just a small piece in Google's big puzzle in ranking a site. But there's nothing wrong in working for your pages to have a good PR.

    Just don't think it will bring your site to the top.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Sterling
    Thanks everyone for your in depth answers.
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    • Profile picture of the author prcys
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      Originally Posted by Ryan Sterling View Post

      Thanks everyone for your in depth answers.
      So now i would like to ask that what you think about the pagerank. Is it important or not?
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  • Profile picture of the author Juvv2096
    I would say PR is not overly important to rank for a keyword term. For example one of my sites has a PR of 2, but website below it are as high as 5.

    I think the best and most important thing that can really help is domain name relevance to your keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author jakesmith
    In my opinion page rank is very important in the search engine optimization process.If your site have good page rank, it will get the more members of websites linked to your site, the more back links you would be get for getting good traffic results.
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  • Profile picture of the author samual james
    Pagerank is just a measurement of your importance in google's eve that's it. Pagerank will never impact on search engines
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  • Profile picture of the author Fanaceous Hannah
    PageRank is not quite as important of a factor in website ranking as it once was.
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  • Profile picture of the author delton yell
    Google PageRank is very important for all webmasters because in this way they guarantee traffic to their web sites. PageRank is so important because it is a decisive factor in how high a particular webpage ranks within the Google search results. The higher is the PageRank, the better. Gaining profits is the webmasters' goal and that is why they worry so much about Google PageRank as Google is today's most powerful search engine.
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  • Profile picture of the author bugtrack
    According to me Keyword ranking is much important than Page Rank, and you should focus on increasing keyword SERP.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasono
    PageRank of your website is not really important but a backlink on a high PR site is important.
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    • Profile picture of the author toman
      Originally Posted by jasono View Post

      PageRank of your website is not really important but a backlink on a high PR site is important.
      That is true,that why google has destroyed blog network such as ALN because all blogs in this network has a good PR,and website build backlinks through this network to easily capture the SE even though this website is not worth/spam!
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  • Profile picture of the author danb12
    Don't mean nothing when it comes to ranking, but can make you money in other ways

    This is true, even if the link is nofollow, it will not pass PR but still gives you a link.
    Originally Posted by jasono View Post

    PageRank of your website is not really important but a backlink on a high PR site is important.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pyramid Linkers
    The most important aspect you should be concerned with is providing quality content and then finding a way to get somebody to look at it. As far as ranking is concerned, Page Rank is somewhat of an indicator of a site's authority. But it is increasingly becoming less effective at labeling a sites authority.

    One tool that helps me is SEOmoz toolbar. It will give you much more insight on Domain Authority/Page Authority and your sites Trust level in the search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author santhakumar
    Google PageRank, which is largely based upon the number and quality of backlinks a webpage has, is an important factor in how well a particular webpage ranks within the Google search results.
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  • Profile picture of the author niutycun
    I thinks SERP result is more important than Ur website PR ? hmm ?
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    • Profile picture of the author fanaceoushannah
      Now a days keyword and content are the best
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  • Profile picture of the author easternodyssey
    Depends on the website subject. But i think PR and website rank are both important.
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  • Profile picture of the author juninho14
    What determines your page rank is backlinks (good ones and not those pages with 100's os comments with a backlinks). If you have backlinks your rank will raise. Just build good content and you will get great results.
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  • Profile picture of the author engagedotscrm
    Page rank is very much important, which shows the standard of the website. All the ranking are based on the quality backlinks which we receive.
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  • Profile picture of the author prismkuet
    Ranking = The position you are "ranked" or the position you have achieved in the Google search results for keyword phrases you are targeting.

    PR = Google's Pagerank, a number which combines a number of factors to give a numeric value of authority. The highest PR sites are ones like Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, etc
    Thanks Barry. Lots of newbies commented on this thread most of them even don't know the difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author getacho
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    • Page Rank is important, but there are many other aspects that you have to consider. If your website contains quality content and has relevant backlinks, you will get a high Page Rank and achieve a top position in search results. You shouldn't base your marketing campaign solely on increasing the Page Rank of your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author antac
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    PageRank is one of many factors that determines where your web page appears in search result ranking, but if all other factors are equal, PageRank can have significant impact on your Google rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author emerica1184
    I feel it is a factor, but not a huge one. I have a pr of 0 on my new site and outrank many 2-4s
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  • Profile picture of the author Aarav
    Page rank is not a big factor on getting higher search engine ranking but page rank is displaying authority of the website from where users able to know that, is this site is genuine or informative. If website have high PR then most number of users rush on that website to found something best.
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  • Profile picture of the author markhenryblogs
    High PR sites are getting improve in search results.but it is not a factor. PR is only use for you while you sell your website.
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