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A staggering NINETY-FOUR of those listings are all the same site! Different URLs, slightly different machine-generated gibberish words towards the top of the page, different page titles, but besides that, the sites are essentially identical. Each shows approximately 5000 pages indexed per domain... meaning this "site" is responsible for about 200,000+ pages of zero content in the Google index.
Okay, now what would you guess is the total PR of the index pages of these 90+ "sites"?
The only way PR matters at all is, among these 90 domains, the ones with a higher PR tend to rank higher than the others! The top/main/best domain in this group is a PR4 site, and it shows precisely two backlinks.
Google "abandoning pagerank" is the understatement of the year.
Being able to see it doesn't make something good or bad. People who have a clue would just do the same things whether you can see a graphic representation of reality or not! There is zero mistake in displaying it. It's like complaining about a speedometer showing you are speeding. You should have been able to judge that from experience and the pace of the traffic around you.
PR can be manipulated, but the harm in that is dwarfed by the easy-to-do harm in valuing thousands of contentless anchor text pages.
I wrote mails complaining about websites that take up the best ranks in some categories but are just link farms or crappy website with affiliate programmes.
But they have not done anything and keep happily on number one position.
One website for instance has #1 rank and only 1 website generating all 500 0000 links to it
Saying that, in regards to the topic of this thread... somebody please show me a PR4 page beating a PR7 page with both pages being "semi-optimized" (please post the link sometime this year if possible). PageRank and inbound anchor text are the most powerful ranking influences today, period.
99% of the algorithm is anchor text, and raw volume of links.
could you please elaborate on what you mean by raw volume of links. How would google count that? Are you saying that if page A has links from 30 sites and Page B has from 31 sites, all other factors being equal, Page B will rank higher?
Having read this thread and other threads on similar subjects, I want to ask the question that I can't find:
What is Google's algo now?
Please don't list all the things to optimize for...lets have weightage estimations...out of 100 please. Please reference examples or other threads in support (if possible)
Ummm, no. Obviously the opposite is why these topics come up.
You are making a non-argument. When all other things are equal, higher PR will win. That's what "all other things being equal" means. There is no point even talking about that.
PR6 sites are beaten by PR4 sites all the time, even when the PR6 has better on page factors, when the PR4 site has hundreds or thousands more anchor text links.
The point is all other things are not equal. PR2 sites (the index page of the site) with 7000 self-generated anchor text links (all PR0) can beat a PR5 site with 200 PR4+ links. If the PR5 page has 300 PR4+ links, the PR2 site may need 15,000 or 100,000 self-generated pages, but whatever the number is, volume of anchor text can win in all but the most highly competitive areas. It is easy to self-generate tens of thousands of garbage pages, and currently Google loves that and wants to marry you when you do it.
Where, oh where, has goo-gle-guy gone?...
Where oh where can he be?.....
Ok, I guess the crux of my question is...if google ranks one page as more important than the other, why would the less important page list higher in a query, unless it was for a keyword with more relevance to the individual page?
In which case meta keywords are important, or is it keyword density? Google strives to give the most relevant answer to the query, so perhaps page rank is just a means of manipulation by google to get their web site owners to get to the point and do it succinctly, by offering a reward of higher PR which is the equivalent of a gold star in grade school. Motivation for better pages to offer their users in the form of vanity for the webmaster...(I have a PR9 site, and you?) Slick move guys.