Ah, that wonderful time of the season in which Google updates their displayed Page Rank. For some, it’s a great time. Filled with rejoice as their Page Rank increases by one or two points. For others it can be terrible if they lose a number or two, decreasing advertising profits, traffic, and egos as Google tells them to “suck it.”
Want to jump ahead of the others and see what your Page Rank will be during the upcoming update? Visit PageRank Predictor. It’s a tool by iWebTool.com, which any webmaster or SEO’er should visit frequently.
After running my sites and a few others, I was a little disappointed by the results. I decided to see how accurate it was, so I checked out Google.com and Yahoo.com, both of which have the coveted PageRank 10. To my surprise, these were the results:
Either Google and Yahoo are losing their touch, or something is inaccurate in the PageRank Predictor. I’ll assume the latter. Does this mean all the tests are inaccurate? By no means. Considering the enormous amount of power of Google and Yahoo, it’s probably difficult to assume a Page Rank prediction just from back-links, which I believe is the only thing this tool uses.
In other words, use this tool all you want, but don’t assume it’s right. If you see your predicted page rank as higher than the current rank, it probably will be. If you see it fall, it might. Have you been slacking? The predictor might be right.
Kevin from BloggingTips.com did a few tests of his own and will compare the results to the real update in about a month. We’ll see how accurate this tool really is.