How Many PR5 Backlinks are Equal to One PR6 Backlink?

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Google’s Page Rank algorithm is no longer directly tied to their search algorithm. It is now mainly used for bragging rights.

Rather than page rank, you should focus on earning links on blogs and websites that are surrounded by unique informative content and will be read by lots of real people.

There isn’t an exact formula for how many PR5 equal a PR6. If you have a link from each, there are other factors like relevancy, number of links on the site/page, context, etc. that determine how valuable the link is for you.

@alabamaseo, Do you have any source for PR not being directly tied? I wouldn’t doubt that it’s not tied directly to algorithms although I haven’t heard that myself. I have heard and experienced that Google’s algorithms are now much more complex and include factors not included within the PR calculation. However, the factors that contribute to your site’s PR are still very important for SEO. So it’s still a very relevant number.

With the way that PR is calculated one PR5 link might have 100 times the value of another PR5 link. You can also have 1 PR5 link that is worth almost as much as a PR6 link. That a link is PR5 doesn’t tell you very much.

@webeminence, here is a good article from SEOMoz’s blog speaking on the difference between the PR measurement that people have grown to accept and the actual metric that is used in Google’s algorithm: I found a few other articles on the topic, but there is noone whose opinion I would trust more than the guys at SEOMoz.

Thanks alabamaseo. I think you proved my point with that article :slight_smile: It says

Google states that clearly in their Technology Overview: “Today we use more than 200 signals, including PageRank, to order websites”.

So that means PR is tied to the search algorithm. I get what you are trying to say though. It is not nearly as important as it was several years ago when it was the biggest factor in rankings. So if that’s what you’re saying, then I agree. I just don’t think it’s right to say that PR has zero influence on rankings.

The Page Rank that Google use has a different value for every single web page and is a number between zero and several billion. The PR that is published is derived from the real values that Google use by applying a logarithmic scale to the real Page Rank - where the page with the highest real value is assigned a PR of 10 and the one with the lowest is assigned PR of 0 and the rest are assigned values based on that logarithmic scale so that pages with real values hundreds or thousands that of other pages get the same PR and pages that have almost the same value but which are close to one of the boundary values may get different PR. Basically 99.999999% of the meaning that the Google (Larry) Page Rank has is removed from the published figures so published PR has zero influence on rankings because it isn’t the value that Google actually use but only a near meaningless single digit number derived from the value that they do use. Also there is no way to tell what time period Google use for the delay between extracting the PR from the page rank and the publication of those near meaningless figures - it could be just a few days or it might be many months. The real Page Rank could be completely different by the time the PR is published.

My point was more than PR is made up of the same things that contribute to their search algorithm. The only reason people think it individually has meaning is because Google used to view it like a trophy.

When I am trying to rank a website, I prefer to focus on the parts of the campaign that are in my direct control (content production, backlinking, etc). Focusing too much on PR will turn out to be a waste of time because the only good thing that can come from it is convincing you to work harder on the things I just listed.

Not sure how one would focus on PR anyway. I guess you mean don’t go getting out tons of crappy links and looking for PR links just for the sake of having them. I agree the focus should be on quality links and content building. PR will follow. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with looking at PR of sites when getting incoming links. This will give you some indication of how google views the site in terms of quality.

@fellgal It makes sense that google uses a much more complex number than the published number. I still like to see my PR number go up. Even if it’s not the exact number used in calculations, it’s correlated.

I agree, there looking at PR when determining which websites you should aim to get backlinks from is a great way to sort by value, but one should always check sites like SEMRush to see what keywords a site ranks for before removing a PR 0 site from the list.

there is no specific criteria to know how many PR5 link are equal to one PR6 link. i wanna say 1 good thematic, relevent PR5 link give more link juice then unthematic or irrelevant one PR6 link