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7/17/2006
  What hath PageRank wrought?

PageRank™ - Google's original secret sauce has truly shaped the way the web looks. Now, people build whole domains to acquire PageRank - because it's very valuable stuff.

Take a look at this cool page: http://getelementsby.com. It's a domain dedicated to a single page that explains a common set of JavaScript functions.

The author of the page is probably just a hacker who thought it was a cool idea to create a whole domain as a mini-reference.

On the other hand, he includes a bunch of "digg this" type links at the bottom - great for acquiring PageRank. His domain currently has a PageRank of 5.

Eventually, this page could be useful for other SEO purposes. I wonder if that's partly why he built it.

As another example, look at Aaron Wall's SEO for Firefox extension. Aaron is doing a good thing for all the SEO's out there providing this free tool. And in return, he could increase his PageRank - or at least have better organic search rankings and acquire more traffic.

Since PageRank (or more accurately, Google's overall trust assigned to a page or domain) is easily monetized by SEO's, it creates an economy that shapes the web.

 


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