PageRank Inbound Link Estimation Chart

[This is part of the The Blogger’s Essential Guide to Search Engine Optimization Series.]

We’ve already covered in-depth what PageRank is and how one of the most simple ways of understanding it is the passing of value via links.

These inbound links count as “votes” for a site or blog and the quality and power of each vote is dependent on the quality of the origination.

Of course, there are some serious equations that people have come up with to attempt to calculate exactly how this works but it’s kept under some serious lock and key at Google headquarters and no one but the engineers know how it really works.

But there’s enough data to extrapolate and even a general model can help a blogger get a better sense of what they can expect (or what they need) their PageRank to be as they continue to grow their blog.

Here’s a very general table of how many inbound links you will need to achieve a specific PageRank value:

PageRank Inbound Link Estimator


Here’s how to interpret this chart:

  1. The low value represents the lowest number of inbound links required to achieve a particular PageRank value.
  2. The high value represents the highest number of inbound links required to keep a particular PageRank value before moving up a value.
  3. The median value is simply that – the median (which is actually the mean value as well in this case). (low + high) / 2

What you need to understand is that there is a range of the number of links that need to connected to your blog so as to achieve a particular PR value. In addition, this chart does not give any indication of the “power” of the particular links that are inbound. For example, 1 link to your blog from a PR1 is not the same thing as 1 link from a PR9 blog. Hence the range of low/high numbers.

Finally, you also need to understand that some blogs and sites barely qualify for their particular PageRank. For instance, this blog is a PR5 blog but I have no guarantee that it’s a “strong” PR5 or a “weak” PR5 (representative of the low/high number of links).

My hope, naturally, is that it’s a “strong” PR5 which might pull me into a PR6 range in the next update of PageRank but my hunch (and from my research) is that it’s not (at least for now).

The Bottom Line…

In the end you simply do not know (and will never know) where you stand in terms of your PageRank strength, and that’s a good thing. What I hope this chart can help you remember and spur you on to do are the following points:

  • PageRank matters a lot but not as much as your efforts to create unique and valuable content for your readers.
  • You need to create a blog that’s liked by readers and other bloggers who will link back to your blog often. This creates those inbound links!
  • There is no person or business that can tell you with certainty where you stand in Google’s PageRank system – if they say they can then run away fast!
  • My chart above is just an estimate and is not to be taken as Gospel Truth!
  • Google’s recent update for search and SERPs takes into account 200+ signals to provide the most accurate valuation of a blog and site – PageRank is just one of them!
  • My guess is as good as yours, even if mine might be a little more educated. Trust me on this – I don’t know much more than you!

Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

[This is part of the The Blogger’s Essential Guide to Search Engine Optimization Series.]