How to Check Your Google Page Rank

by Extreme John on September 4, 2009

Some bloggers are fascinated by it and new bloggers probably aren’t even familiar with it, but regardless whichever side your on Google Page Rank is an important factor when it comes to how other bloggers and even investors view your blog. It’s getting pretty late so I won’t be spending a lot of time going into what Google PR is and how you can increase your Google page rank, there are plenty of places that have Google PageRank Explained to get you up to speed.

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Finding the Google PageRank Checker tool that is perfect for you really shouldn’t be too hard, as you can see by this Bing search results for Page Rank Checker there are plenty of tools out there to find out how your Page Rank rates.

I wanted to give you an example of two different Page Rank Checkers that I use when I am writing a post that requires me to check a blog or websites Google Page Rank, at one time I had a Firefox add-on that would display the current websites Google Page Rank in the bottom right of my Firefox browser but that went away with the most recent Firefox update.

Smart PageRank button

Extreme John.com Page Rank is currently PR 4

The two Google Page Rank services I use are Smart Page Rank and PR Checker, both offer PageRank badges that you can display on your website in various sizes, Smart Page Rank takes checking your Google PR to another level with additional information about your blog.

Smart Page Rank Checker displays

  • Alexa ranking
  • Directories listed DMOZ and Yahoo
  • Backlinks from Google, Yahoo, MSN, AltaVista and more
  • Indexed pages

Smart Page Rank also includes a website value tool that displays the estimated value of the url you enter, this is of course based on various factors and a very general estimation of a websites value.

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To give you an example of what PR Checker.info looks like you can check out my recent post titled “Blogroll Updated with Hot Blogs“, I used one of the three different Page Rang badges offered for each of the sites in that post.

Now let’s talk about this, do any of you care about Google Page Rank or did you have no idea what Google Page Rank was? Have you ever used a PR Checker tool before to see what your PR rating is? Leave a comment I am curious to see how each of you view Google Page Rank when it comes to viewing others blogs or your own blog. If your into this kind of stuff subscribe to my rss feed or follow me on Twitter to stay informed with my latest blogging tips or Twitter tool updates.

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Compute Live
Twitter:

I always check pr with prchecker.info. I think PR is important… Please correct me if I am wrong here.. If I have a higher PR does it mean that google will crawl my blog faster than the blogs with lesser PR….? :roll:
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Karen
Twitter:

@Compute Live, I’m not sure if that’s true, I have a PR of 3 and my blog gets crawled quite often by Google, it maybe how often a blog/website is updated and it’s content more than PR value..
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Compute Live
Twitter:

@Karen@Blazing Minds,

Thanks for clarifying that Karen…
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Typhoon
Twitter:

@Compute Live, I think it is true but I am not a SEO expert so can’t be confident.

I think better PR means better crawl rate because few of my autopilot blogs which have no PR are getting indexed slowly than expected. But as I said I am not tooo sure of this because you can change the Crawl Rate from the Google Webmaster settings of that website.
.-= Typhoon´s last blog ..Content vs Marketing! Which is King? =-.

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Ricky
Twitter:

I use prchecker to check my pr. Hey i think we will be getting PR update very soon. Do you have any idea about it?

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Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach
Twitter:

I don’t bother with Google page rank anymore; I’ve seen sites with low page rank that, well, rank high. Heck, I try not to depend upon google that much nowadays anyways, as the dreaded Google Slap could kill any site any time (even whitehat).

12+ years of marketing online can do that to a body. :)
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ZXT
Twitter:

@Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach,

What’s a Google slap? Sorry if its a stupid question.

Zee
.-= ZXT´s last blog ..Win a Mac Book Pro! =-.

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Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach
Twitter:

@ZXT,

A Google slap is when Google ‘slaps’ your site, ie, gives it a one-way ticket to explore the Titanic. Can happen to whitehat sites too. :(
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ZXT
Twitter:

@Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach,

And what’s the reason for a Google slap usually?
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Doug Dillard
Twitter:

I have a PR plugin for Firefox and it still works fine on my browser. Any idea how often they update PR rankings? I am tired at my site being at “0″ :(
.-= Doug Dillard´s last blog ..Making Money Online Promoting Affiliate Products in Your Blog Posts =-.

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Lee Ka Hoong
Twitter:

@Doug Dillard,
From what everyone seen, Google updates PR very frequent, usually it’s 3 months, it can be 1 month as well from the previous updated.

Anyway, I’m sure you will get a PR3 and higher on the next updates because you have a great blog over there! :D

Regards,
Lee
.-= Lee Ka Hoong´s last blog ..Professional Web Graphic Banner Design =-.

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Doug Dillard
Twitter:

@Lee Ka Hoong, Thanks Lee! I am very interested to see what we end up getting.
.-= Doug Dillard´s last blog ..Making Money Online Promoting Affiliate Products in Your Blog Posts =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Doug Dillard, your PR is going to sky rocket over there Doug, you have a killer blog about making money online.

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Lee Ka Hoong
Twitter:

@Doug Dillard,
No worry Doug, you’ll get high PR soon. As what John said, you have a killer blog about making money online and you have a lot of great posts in your blog. :mrgreen:

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james moralde
Twitter:

@Lee Ka Hoong, You mean a PR0 blog can jump to PR3 without going through PR1 and PR2? That’s cool. Explains how some blogs get to become PR3 in less than 3 months.
.-= james moralde´s last blog ..Math Blaster Software =-.

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Extreme John
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@james moralde, especially if a blog is covering a specific niche it can sky rocket to a PR 4 in no time.

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Lee Ka Hoong
Twitter:

@james moralde,
Yes John explained it. Another thing that you need to get a higher PR in short period is getting more stronger backlinks from high PR sites. A net friend of mine named Benpei get a PR4 in just a month, I was curious how he did it too.

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Hard Rocking South African
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Personally I use the SEOquake toolbar for firefox.. It shows you the PR of the page you’re on, the Google index of the site, the alexa rank, the number of links pointing to that page, the number of links pointing every which way within the site.. etc..
It’s a really cool tool.. though it munches on bandwidth as I recall, and slows down your page load time
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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Hard Rocking South African@Music Judge, I am going to try this out. The Firefox plugin I used for Google Page Rank stopped working with the latest update.

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Lee Ka Hoong
Twitter:

I used to check my PR by using PR checker tool, but I didn’t use it anymore after installing Google toolbar which has a PR greenbar at the top.

Anyway, I do care about my PR, I believe that most of the advertiser take PR as their consideration while deciding whether they want to advertise in your blog.

Regards,
Lee
.-= Lee Ka Hoong´s last blog ..Professional Web Graphic Banner Design =-.

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Nehh
Twitter:

According to me it is very important.. I used to check pr with prchecker.info.. but I think Smart Page Rank is a better option as it displays additional information.
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Christie
Twitter:

I check my page rank and other sites’ PR by using the PR checker tool. I do care about it, because I assume for one thing it will help me to get more search traffic if my PR goes up. I was lucky to get MiscBytes started at the end of May so I only had just over a month to be a PR0. :-P
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Greg Ellison
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I have been PR 0 for a long time. Hopefully one day I will get a PR, but I don’t really care that much. I know it will help with advertisiers. Greg Ellison
.-= Greg Ellison´s last blog ..[Plugin: WP-Affiliate] plugin doesn’t work anymore with WP 2.8 =-.

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Melvin
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Well before I really used to really bother a lot with my sites pagerank but now I learned to be more patient and just let things flow…
.-= Melvin´s last blog ..My Info Product Has Gone Really Far =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Melvin, by far the best way to go about it Melvin, no stress your doing it anyway so might as well just enjoy it.

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Blaineblogger
Twitter:

I didn’t know about smartpagerank.com before but the site I always use is dnscoop.com which is similar but I think i’ll make the switch to smartpagerank.

I also use SEO for firefox by seobook, it gives you a lot of information on sites as well as PR.
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Asswass
Twitter:

I knew what it was and I have checked multiple times, but I have a toolbar with Firefox that tells me my Alexa Rank and PR.
.-= Asswass´s last blog ..This Week’s Top WOP: Is Michael Jackson really dead? =-.

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Klaus
Twitter:

I’m not sure how important PR really is when it comes to your ranking in the search engines, I’d say content and backlinks are what matters.

But if you’re linking out, then I guess your links are more “valuable” to the linkee (is that even a word?) if you have good PR – and also for advertisers of course.

John, I’m using “Quirk SearchStatus” for Firefox, that also displays PR and Alexa rank (and more) in the lower right corner of Firefox.
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Extreme John
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@Klaus @ TechPatio, yes another Firefox add-on to display page rank that I didn’t know existed.

As far as Google Page Rank being important or not, there is no question it is valuable as your page is judges by potential advertisers and other bloggers, not to mention it gives you something to work towards or at least enjoy when you get a pat on the back from Google.

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DiTesco
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PR is an important factor, considering that it is part of Google’s algo. Regardless of what weight it has, it is still important, specially for people who like to monetize their websites with paid post or paid links (not that I endorse those methods). Now, this does not stop me from visiting blogs or websites. I do care if they are banned or an attack site, you know (bad hood). Have a nice weekend bro..
.-= DiTesco´s last blog ..Bing SEO Toolkit – One Of The Best SEO Tools =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@DiTesco, thats what my thought about it is as well, all though I still find it easier to just write and not sweat this kind of stuff.

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Tycoon Blogger
Twitter:

I am using seoquale on Firefox. I absolutely love it. Before this I did use prchecker and that is a quality site. I am hoping for pr 4 next update. Hopefully, I will join you in the “pr 4 club”
.-= Tycoon Blogger@Promote your blog´s last blog ..Win Cash and Prizes for voting for me =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Tycoon Blogger@Promote your blog, I hope you will get the PR4 your looking for as well Dan.

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Crazy blogger
Twitter:

My blog’s pagerank is ’0′ now

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Typhoon
Twitter:

@Crazy blogger, Don’t get depressed. Just try to get as many do-folkow links to increase you PR :idea:
.-= Typhoon´s last blog ..Content vs Marketing! Which is King? =-.

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Sire
Twitter:

I also use Firefox’s SEOQuake toolbar. I used to use the Google on but pissed it off after they pissed me off. SEOQuake is heaps cool because it’s always there and gives you so much information.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Sire, if you like it chances are I will like it too, installing it when I am done responding to comments.

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Sire
Twitter:

@Extreme John, Cool, I expect to see a post on your experience with it :wink:
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs =-.

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jason

There is a way to show a rank of every page in Google Chrome. If you are using Chrome, just go to options and there is a checkbox or something like that which shows ranks of each sites you visit. Every time you visit a site it will show on the bottom of the browser the rank.
.-= jason´s last blog ..Addicted to Internet =-.

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Surender Sharma
Twitter:

This is great information about Page rank in Google.
I like URLTrends to check all the stats of my blog.
.-= Surender Sharma´s last blog ..How To Make Your Blog More Social =-.

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Typhoon
Twitter:

Don’t know why..But SmartPageRank doesn’t works for me. Does it need something additional like any add-on or something.

Well I use KPMRS to track all my search engine activities.
.-= Typhoon´s last blog ..Content vs Marketing! Which is King? =-.

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John

Thanks for the info, John. I sometimes wonder whether PR is worth worrying about.

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Extreme John
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@John, I wouldn’t say that it’s worth worrying about, but I will say that it holds value. Blogging is like a giant pizza you need to pay attention to various pieces of the pie.

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siya

Thanks for the good article, has been very useful for me. Thanks for sharing.

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Jage

I rarely check my PR, due to PR update is rare too. I frequently check my backlink
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Sheryl Loch
Twitter:

I have 2 tool bars that will give you PR.
I have Quirk Search Status if I want a fast Who Is, meta tags, keyword density…

But, I normally use the SEOBOOK tool bar because I can see the Domain & page backlinks from Yahoo listed or just chick & open them. It also has a 1 click WayBack machine, tells if the site has DOMZ or Yahoo directory listing & much more.

As for PR – it is a very small part in how you are listed in the SERP’s.
The tool bar PR that you see is not that accurate as PR can change daily but the toolbar PR only changes every 3-4 month’s.
PR is mostly important to people for selling advertising.

The normal searcher will likely not have any toolbars installed & could not care less about PR. They only want to buy a product at the best price from a site they think is reliable.
.-= Sheryl Loch´s last blog ..How To Set Up BING Webmaster Tools =-.

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Extreme John
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@Sheryl Loch, I should have had you write a guest post with that detailed response it was like a very good mini article :)

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Aaron

in my opinion, Page Rank is a factor but it is best to be ignored. There are a lot more important factors to worry about such as keyword-targeted domains, backlinks, domain age, keyword-targeted content, internal structures…etc.
.-= Aaron @ Internet Business´s last blog ..Internet Business Blueprint, Guide for Internet Entrepreneurs =-.

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Keith

I have checked page rank in the past. No reason I can see to be hung up on it or to spend much time on it.

PR is nice if you like to brag, but only to someone who actually knows what it is. It is nice to be considered an authority site in a niche.

Traffic and conversion matters more.
.-= Keith@Norman Rockwell Art´s last blog ..Sep 1, The 1939 Norman Rockwell Santa, Extra Good Boys And Girls =-.

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MichaelR
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So is it really 3 months in between PR updates? I wish Google would make the ranking 1-10 instead of 1-5 because I think there’s a lot of difference between a low PR3 and a high PR3. That would be like PR7 and PR5 respectively if the scoring is 1-10
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Hicham
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This tool is good for blogs that are on ‘main domains’ like yours but it works like hell for blogs that have are on ‘subdomain’ like mine. Hence, PRCHecker is great if people go for websites, but I personaly prefer Firefox plugings like ‘Quirk Search Status’; it’s an awesome pluging with a lot of information!
.-= Hicham´s last blog ..Me, Myself and Websites =-.

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Dick
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Page rank is depressing for me, all those zero’s make me want to bury my head in the sand. All the money I spent to build blogs, all the time I spent updating, networking, commenting, link building, etc. I feel like I should be getting ranked higher but Google obviously does not agree. It took some time to learn how to blog, I admit, and now I play by the rules, hopefully page rank will come for me, if not, I will just do a Thelma and Louise off the Grand Canyon in one of John’s limos, a spectacular site which if he promoted it like I know he is capable of, would offset the loss of the limo in ticket sales!

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Dick
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By the way, I couldnt get SmartPagerank to work for me.

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ashok

Your recommendation of Smart Page Rank is a good one, and I wanted to thank you for it. I definitely was looking for a backlink checker, esp. as I’ve been wondering what’s happened to my links the last two months.
.-= ashok´s last blog ..Notes on Dickinson’s “They say that “Time assuages”…” (686) =-.

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Boy41
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Or else you’re one of the nine people on the planet who actually read their end-user license agreements. ,

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Rob

My blog has it’s PR drop from 2 to 0

But I don’t see changes in traffic in the past two months. PR has no effect on your traffic unless your aim is to sell links.
.-= Rob@Best Offset Mortgage´s last blog ..Offset Mortgage and Your Saving Account =-.

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Typhoon
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Smart Pagerank really sux :-x ..And I think you would also because their script which you have placed in this blog post shows your blog having only PR1 but it’s actually PR4
.-= Typhoon´s last blog ..5 Things To Keep In Mind While Selling Banner Ads On Your Blog =-.

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Adam

Thanks for the tip John! Im currently using a plugin for firefox from SEO Book – sounds very similar to the one youre talking about. It gives me PR data for every site i visit :-)
.-= Adam @ Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Electric Scooter´s last blog ..Razor Euro Style Scooter =-.

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Amber

Thank you for the page rank checker resources above. I’ve kind of gotten away from checking page rank lately; I know it has some importance in the overall mix of things but I’m really not sure how much. There seems to be so much variation in opinions on the topic that I’m just not sure who to listen to anymore.

Has anyone read the latest SEO report from SEOmoz? It’s a good read and definite food for thought.

John, you know your crazy, right? Luv your blog. :wink:
.-= Amber@electric scooter razor´s last blog ..Razor E100 Scooter =-.

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Extreme John
Twitter:

@Amber@electric scooter razor, I haven’t checked out the article yet I will do so here shortly thank you for the recommendation :)

I personally try not to listen to any specific authority on the Page Rank thing, I like it and enjoy the challenge of trying to make it move :) I use that as my motivation I guess, it makes it much less stressful and I don’t waste as much time reading others opinions, instead I just focus on mine.

Happy to hear that you like the blog I hope you come back through often and leave a few comments, they are appreciated and I always respond.

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eSINess

I’ve never put too much thought into it. Looks to me like learning spanish or any other language. I’d have to really study it to get what your saying completely. I’ll subscribe though, it’s interesting.

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eSINess

Scratch that subscription, I’m still lost. Give me time

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patrick

page rank is a mystery .. just google and god knows how it works :laughat:

and john i have bookmarked your site.. why? because your crazy and i like you :laughat: :lol:
.-= patrick@makingmoneyonline´s last blog ..4 reasons why Squidoo is better than Ezine Articles =-.

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Extreme John
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@patrick@makingmoneyonline, haha well thanks for bookmarking Patrick I appreciate it.

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Tom Horton

Hi
Increasing my page rank is what I’m concentrating on at the moment. Thanks for the info, great post

Tom Horton
http://www.Increase-SignUps.co.uk
.-= Tom Horton @ StartOutOnline´s last blog ..Keep Tabs On Yoru Resources With Social Bookmarking =-.

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debouchage

There is a difference between site with .com and others with .gov for exemple ?

I suppose PR for .gov must be more important, because it’s.. more official than a .com.
But in application, is it case ?

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yanikc

I also use Firefox’s SEOQuake toolbar. Firfefox is very good :d
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