Much as I love your site Dharmesh I would have to disagree here.
I have been blogging only 4 months and have a Google page rank of 5, yours is 6
How do you account for this.
I am not the most prolific blogger or anything like that.
I havent don anything special for Google just normal run of the mill stuff
Well, as PageRank is essentially a measure of a site's popularity as measured by their inbound links, caring about a site's PageRank is basically caring about how popular the site is.
Given that PageRank can easily be gamed, saying that it has value as a measure of any business significance is a dubious proposition.
All of you make good points. Though I don't have proof of this, I do believe there is some strangeness going on with PR calculations during the early days of a site. (I have a client on HubSpot that has a PR7 with a relatively new site and very few links.)
Having said that, I think PR does provide some useful data (particularly for sites that have been around for a while). As for Mitchell's comment that PR doesn't measure much more than popularity, that's precisely the point. Popularity has value (as it is one way that sites build traffic). Remember, we're still talking about Web 2.0 companies here. These seem to be focused on traffic aggregation (and later monetization).
Of course you should look at PR. A page rank value below 5 is really bad for a Web 2.0 company.
I think it is more difficult today to get a high PR than 3-4 years ago. Our old name exceleverywhere.com had PR6, the new http://www.spreadsheetconverter.com has only PR5, but we have more traffic and contents.
I think, you can probably buy a higher PR by advertising a lot, i.e. generate more traffic.
I think Alexa Traffic Rank is better than PR if you want to value a Web 2.0 company,
A value below 100,000 is good, a value below 30,000 is every good, below 1,000 you find news papers.
I think you missed the second part of the comment.
It is quite easy to game the PageRank algorithm by simply purchasing inbound links from sites that have a high PR ranking.
Once entrepreneurs get wind that VC's are focusing on PR then you can bet such shenanigans will be commonplace.
PR ranking is just too simplistic a measure and too easy to game to be of any real business value IMO. Even Google itself has deprecated the weight of PR in its search algorithm.
I agree with Mattias, sort of...
I don't like Alexa because many surfers see it as spyware. So depending on your audiance you could get a lower rank. For example 'Gamers' are less likely to have it installed.
Although Page Rank is better in my opinion, it's also geared towards certain types of sites. For example one of the sites I run is GuildUniverse.com. It's been around for sometime, and is a portal to over 12000 sites. We get linked all over the web, some sites with high PR some with low. But because of the link backs from individual 'Gamer' sites that have a low PR we are still at a PR of 4.
http://onstartups.com PR = 4 (Sat, Oct 28, 2006)
Just like you, the first thing I look for a website is its G Pagerank. However, I don't think it can be used for valuation.
"Also, getting a high (6 or higher) Google PageRank is pretty hard to do and reasonably hard to “fake”"
I don't agree with the statement. All someone with right skills need is less than $500 and about 3 months (for Google to update its indexes) and you can easily get a PR 6.
a good pagerank doesn't mean that the page is good too...
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he more votes that are cast for a page, the more important the page must be. Also, the importance of the page that is casting the vote determines how important the vote itself is. Google calculates a page’s importance from the votes cast for it. How important each vote is is taken into account when a page’s page rank is calculated.