Does a high Google PageRank (PR) help increase rankings?

Google has devised a system that looks rates a website on importance, this is called PageRank or PR. The PageRank system was brought into play in the early 20th century to give websites an authority rank. In simple terms PageRank is calculated on how many important links you have pointing to your website.

A lot of SEO experts disregard PageRank as it in know way helps with SEO and does not rank you higher than any other site.

In the past I have worked on a tourism website, which I had to get to number one for a certain term, after a few months work I managed to knock the BBC News website off the top spot of Google, the BBC News website at the time had a PageRank (PR) of nine while the tourism site I was working on had a PR of five, so there is proof that PR does not effect rankings.

It has been rumoured that PageRank will be removed from Google due to PR being manipulated through link farms and buying.

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3 Responses to “Does a high Google PageRank (PR) help increase rankings?”

  1. Rakeye says:

    My view on this is that there are two types of PageRank… toolbar PR which is merely an indication and generally rubbish, and real PR which is kept internal to Google and we can only guess at through analysis of ranking over time.

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  3. Dave Cain says:

    Just to clarify, gaining links from websites which are trusted and have a high PR like the BBC, WordPress, Blackberry etc can help increase rankings but just a website with a high PR won’t make any difference. Go try it yourself and search on Google for any number of terms, you will see many websites with a low PR outranking high PR websites.

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