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PageRank 5?

The weirdest thing happened last night when I was messing around with my blog. I looked down to my trusty pagerank toolbar in firefox and saw that the pagerank for was a 5! How did that happen? What is pagerank? Here is a definition:

Google’s patented method for measuring page importance on a scale from 0 – 10, where 10 is the highest. The PageRank algorithm analyzes the quality and quantity of links that point to a page.

So without doing any work, advertising, linking, or even commenting on other blogs (some people do this because you can link back to your own blog, thus building pagerank), I have reached a pagerank level of some blogs I read who have monthly viewership in the 100,000s. How can this be? Is it because my blog is written in blogger (owned by google)? Well, I checked out a few other blogs and found that most blogs on blogger did not have a pagerank, or had a pr of 1 or 2. In the 10 random blogs I checked, none of them had a PR of 5. Not that this really means anything, other than I’d like to figure out how I did it so I can do it again.

Update: After some snooping on google, I think I may have found the source of my PageRank. Back in August, I sent a note to the Business 2.0 blog about being able to use Google’s VPN in Columbus. They put my post up on their blog (a PageRank 5) along with a link to So by being connected with a well known, trusted link in Google’s eyes, they have rewarded me with a PR 5. Weird how this stuff works.

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