Blogs continue trend of gaining high PageRank

July 17, 2006 – 10:49 am

by Darren

I’ve noticed this trend for awhile, and it continues. For some reason, blogs seemingly have higher PR for no apparent reason. Sure, I understand that blogs easily gain links and links are what fuels PageRank. But I’m not saying that. I’m saying that, absent all other factors, “blogs” actually get higher PR than websites without the blog footprint.

Of course the truth is never this easy, but it does make you wonder. I have several examples:

  • Main page of web directory - PR5 - Blog in subdirectory - PR 6
  • Blog on subdomain - PR 6 and main www. static website PR 5

I’ve seen examples on my own network, as well as others enough times now to be convinced that it isn’t a fluke. Sure, there might be other explanations (maybe the PR formula favors the freshness of blogs), but maybe the simple explanation is the real reason: Google’s PR formula loves blogs.

  1. 17 Responses to “Blogs continue trend of gaining high PageRank”

  2. yer, i have noticed this as well. i got a high page rank in a couple of months when it took a couple of years to do the same on my web site And google’s page rank doesn’t even measure all the traffic through technorati or other web2 thingees

    By craig bellamy on Jul 19, 2006

  3. I agree with you. My blog is just 1 month’s old now and it has got Google PR 5. I know abouyt many websites with hundreds of hits daily but have a PR 4. It is really interesting.

    By Razib Ahmed on Jul 19, 2006

  4. It can’t be a fluke. It happens all the time.

    I guess that means: advantage bloggers. Good thing we’re bloggers :)

    By Darren on Jul 21, 2006

  5. I wonder whether the structure of blogs is the real reason that blogs are getting better page ranks or whether the frequency at which blogs are updated is the key factor. The links on each page to other parts of a blog seldom seem to be that different to traditional web sites. Services like Technorati are also used by normal sites.

    By John Garner on Jul 23, 2006

  6. John,

    I tend to doubt it’s something as simple as the structure itself. Google tends towards more sophistication than that.

    I do think it’s the factors that make a blog what it is are factors that cherished by Google. Tons of incoming links indicating authority. Blogs freely link out to authority sites. And they get updated all the time.

    I think it just shows that blogs are closer to what Google considers to be a “quality website” than other websites.

    By Darren on Jul 23, 2006

  7. If it explains anything, I’ve heard talk of Google favoring subdomains — even saw an interesting article via Digg about how an ingenious fellow got over a couple billion pageviews from Google by using a feedscraper/subdomain generator combo.

    By Damien on Jul 24, 2006

  8. Hi, I don’t understand if a HIGH PR give to your website more visit then an LOW PR

    By Igor on Oct 29, 2006

  9. Hello Igor,

    It’s a relatively complex answer, but the basic answer is “YES”. High PR is almost always a sign of good incoming links, which almost always are the reason your website will rank highly in the search engines.

    By Darren on Oct 30, 2006

  10. Strange how since the last PR update, how has no page rank.

    I read on problogger that you don’t like the google toolbar Darren, so i guess you don’t care too much about PR so it’s all good. Strange though.

    By Matt on Oct 30, 2006

  11. I could care less about the PR.

    All of the backlinks disappeared one day in Google and so did the PR. If you think I plan on spending time worrying about that, you don’t know me very well :)

    If you give Google long enough (6 months or so), they’ll sort it out.

    (Edit) I noticed that there are 886 backlinks and PR 5 showing today. So it blinks on and off.

    By Darren on Oct 31, 2006

  12. Lol I knew you didn’t give a crap about the PR after reading your comment on problogger so I didn’t say anything. Still strange though.

    I guess google messed up something somewhere along the line.

    By Matt on Oct 31, 2006

  13. Yes… I notice that now blog community have big popularity especially from Google SE.

    Most of the search result on page 1 are from bloggers.

    Thanks for your inspiring article.

    By mOmOgi on Mar 12, 2007

  14. Blog site and RSS feed always spread very fast across the net. Not to mention tag and social bookmark also give a great help.

    By praDHA on Mar 17, 2007

  15. a good pagerank doesn’t mean that the page is good too…

    By meeero on Apr 4, 2007

  16. Themore I work in SEO and website optimizing the more I realize there is no rhyme or reason. Ive seen high page rank sites that are completely spammed to the max.(You use firefox and disable everything and you can find the hidden frivolous keyword text). However on many of my sites I have inplemented Blogs and comment categories just to add content to the page.

    By Not surprised on Sep 20, 2007

  17. :!:

    I think this has nothing to do with the fact that your website is a blog. However it could have something do to with the fact that a lot of blogs have a subdomain from a high PR domain. That should count only for listing in the google directory from my understanding, but maybe it gains additional PR weight.

    Further more Blogs traditionally are content based and there for have a higher key word density. Blogs are also about content, so they are more likely to recieve back links.

    The Computer Guy

    By The Computer Guy on Nov 20, 2007

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