PageRank

PageRank is an algorithm used by Google to measure the importance and quality of a page to help rank it within search results. As a key element to Google’s algorithm, it is important to understand how PageRank is determined and how it is used. We cover this within our Hangout Notes along with further insights from Google.

Blocking Crawling of Parametered URLs in GSC Will Mean PageRank Will be Lost

January 22, 2020 Source

Google sees links between two canonical URLs and if there is no canonical destination URL then it will be seen as going nowhere and won’t be used. Practically this isn’t an issue as links aren’t usually to a specific parameter variation, so it is unlikely to be driving a lot of the site’s PageRank.


Jump Links Are Used to Further Understand Page Structure Not Pass PageRank

January 10, 2020 Source

Jump links, where you link from one part of a page to another part of that same page, are not something that Google will use to pass signals such as PageRank. Instead, they are used to further understand the structure of the page and can be shown in search results to link to a particularly relevant part of the page for a user’s query.


Value of Backlinks Changes Over Time as Sites Grow in Size & Adds More Links

May 1, 2019 Source

Backlinks don’t lose their value directly because of their age, but PageRank is distributed more broadly over time as the linking site publishes pages and increases the volume of links.


Unlinked Brand Mentions Don’t Pass Any Value

December 21, 2018 Source

If a web page mentions your brand, but doesn’t link to your site, it won’t pass any value.


PageRank Can be Passed Through Meta Refresh Redirects But They’re Not Advised

August 21, 2018 Source

Avoid using meta refresh as a redirect as these can have accessibility issues, especially when a 301 redirect can be used instead. If Google can recognise a meta refresh redirect PageRank will be passed across though.


Links Not Visible by Default Will Still Pass PageRank if They’re in HTML

July 10, 2018 Source

Google will only process and pass PageRank for links that are in the HTML, which also applies to links not visible by default.


Links to Different Language Sites Provide Same Value as Same Language Links

June 29, 2018 Source

Links to a different language site provide the same value as links to same language sites.


Different Country Versions of Content Can Dilute Value of Original Content

February 1, 2018 Source

Creating different country versions of pages in the same language can dilute the value of the original content and mean that other sites may rank for this term. John recommends working with people who have experience of working with large international sites so you can get the balance right of having pages that are useful to visitors in different countries while not the diluting value of these pages.


Link Position Doesn’t Influence Weight

July 7, 2017 Source

Google doesn’t give more weight to internal links based on their position on a page.


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