I was doing a little surfing over the weekend and nearly got attacked by a shark! It looked to be a great white, and by my estimation, it was around 5 meters (17 feet) in length. Yikes!
Okay, so that's not really entirely true. Now, I was indeed surfing...but there was no shark. In fact, there wasn't any water, either. Yes, you guessed it! I was surfing the Internet, not the mighty ocean waves.
Anyway, while I was surfing I came across a pretty neat site called SmartPageRank, which allows you to very quickly check your Google PageRank™. It also gives you some other useful information about your blog or website as well.
SmartPageRank is really simple to use. When you run a domain name through the PageRank analysis tool, it'll give you the following (and very useful) information about your site:
This section gives you your actual Google PageRank. It also gives you the option to get PageRank updates via email, so whenever your PageRank changes, you'll know about it right away.
As you can see, since Google hasn't done their PageRank update in a long time, I'm still sitting at a big, fat goose egg! I used to have a Google PageRank of 3, but when I moved this blog over to the aaroncook.com domain name back in April, I of course lost that PageRank.
Age Of Domain
The second section tells you when and how long ago a domain name was registered - right down to the number of days.
I do notice that this only provides the date information on a domain based on its current registrant. For example, the aaroncook.com domain name had actually been online for many years before I was finally able to snag it.
The third section gives you a live look your site traffic according to Alexa. This section provides you with an Alexa Traffic History Graph and also links that traffic graph right to the Alexa page for your site. Pretty cool.
The fourth section simply lets you know whether or not your website is listed in DMOZ or the Yahoo! Directory. So far, every blog I checked on wasn't listed in either of them, with the exceptions being Darren Rowse of Problogger and Matt Cutts.
Btw, what's up with Matt's site traffic? Yikes, talk about a steady decline. I guess he's been too busy lately working at Google as head of their Webspam team and traveling around the country giving talks on white hat SEO to keep up with his blog like he used to.
The backlinks section is a really neat and useful section. Basically, it lists the total number of webpages that link to your domain.
And SmartPageRank's new Backlinks Analyzer is really cool. It lists all the sites and individual webpages that link to you, along with their PageRank. To see it in action, you can get a live look at the Backlinks Analyzer for my blog right here.
The indexed pages section gives you a look at the current number of pages of your website that are indexed in the major search engines: Google, Yahoo!, MSN, AltaVista and AllTheWeb.
You'll notice that the totals will vary greatly from search engine to search engine. This is because the figures shown represent the number of links that are crawled by each search engine (which varies because of the difference in size of their databases).
This section gives you a calculation of the estimated monetary value of a website.
As stated by SmartPageRank, "This value is represents the approximate value of the website entered. Of course, this value does NOT include the worth of the company behind the website but rather is an estimated value of the website itself. Some of these valuation factors include: PageRank, traffic, backlinks, age of the domain, directory listings, and other items not shown in the summary above."
I think it's more for fun than anything else. So I decided to have a little fun with it and run some of my favorite blogs through the PageRank analyzer just to see where we all landed. Here are the results, listed in alphabetical order:
Aaron Cook Dot Com: $1,604
Brown Thoughts: $542
Bush Mackel: $1,929 (jerk) :P
Five 4 All: $407
Ordinary Folk: $1,032
Anyway, I really like the SmartPageRank site and will continue to monitor my blog's PR, backlinks and indexed pages with it.
UPDATE: (Oct. 26th) Google just completed their PageRank update and I'm happy to report that Aaron Cook Dot Com™ has moved up to a PR of 4. Happy times!