Google PR or PageRank matters a lot to the webmasters and online businesses. As per Google, the PR of a website decides it’s position in SERPs and counts on the authority of a page. People on web generally focus on increasing PageRank of their sites to do well in searches and attract advertisers.

What exactly is Google PageRank?

Google basically provides an authority to the indexed websites in form of PR, and the sites with higher PR are likely to appear on top results in Google searches for relevant topics.

How PageRank is distributed to the different websites and their webpages on the web? Is there any formula that is used in the whole process? Know the answers of more questions like this in PageRank wiki.

Expected date of next PR Update

As the sources and PR update history say, the next PR update is expected in the third or last week of July 2013. Google has not updated the PageRank for the sites as expected in May 2013, however a Panda update was released in the same month.

Google PageRank: a look on the History

  1. 6 December 2013
  2. 4 February 2013
  3. 7 November 2012
  4. 2 August 2012
  5. 2 May 2012
  6. 7 February 2012
  7. 7 November 2011
  8. 6-9 August 2011
  9. 16 July 2011
  10. 13 June 2011
  11. 3 January 2011
  12. 5 April 2010
  13. 31 Dec, 2009
  14. 30 October 2009
  15. 27-28 May 2009
  16. 29 June 2009
  17. 2 April 2009
  18. 30-31 December 2008
  19. 27 September 2008
  20. 26 July 2008
  21. 29 April 2008
  22. 9 January 2008
  23. 26 October 2007
  24. 28 April 2007

Is the PR of a site responsible for a site’s search rankings?

It’s not that a site with higher PR will always appear on top for a search query. As the Search algorithms have changed a lot with time and strategies of people there at Google, the rank of site in Google search results doesn’t completely depend on PR only. There are more parameters now to make a site rank well on Google such as relevancy, social media buzz, etc.

Is the PR of a website also responsible for it’s traffic volume?

Generally, the volume of traffic depends on the searches for the ranking terms (keywords) and appearance of the site on searches for those terms.

But I’ve noticed sometimes that a lot of sites without quality content but with high PR are ranking well and the sites with high quality content but low PR for the same query are nowhere on searches.

Same with low PR sites, generally with the blogspot or based blogs rank well with really cr@p, low-quality, badly written plagiarised content and bad SEO metrics. Similarly, sites with the high domain authority just like Blogger that allow users to post blogs and questions, such as HubSpot, Quora, StackExchange rule the searches without good enough content to rank well.

The conclusion drawn from all such observation and research is that nobody knows the truth except Google behind PR and good SERP position of a site. One should better concentrate on writing high quality content and links from good sites rather than over thinking the PageRank phenomena.