Why 3/10 is not bad

1 May

Google_links When our ‘PR and new media’ class began on 31 January, I knew I would have to allow a good three months for our student bloggers to find their feet and have some chance of achieving wider recognition. What I didn’t know was how accurate my prediction would be. (Google indexing has been getting even quicker, but PageRank has become a cruder measure according to commentators). Yesterday, 30 April, Google registered some of these blogs (scroll to end) with a PageRank of 3/10. Only 30%? That’s poor in university assessment terms, but not bad for novice bloggers.

PageRank may not be recalculated for another three months by which time I fear that most of these blogs will be untended. But here’s another prediction: a few will keep going, and may creep up to 4/10 or 5/10 (this blog’s modest PageRank). The scale is logarithmic so each step up the scale requires something like a doubling of inbound links.

Does any of this matter? Well, I’m assessing the blogs in another two weeks and I’ve decided to use a mix of hard and soft measures. PageRank is just one of these ‘hard’ measures; numbers of posts, numbers of comments, inbound and outbound links are others.

More important, student blogs are living CVs (resumes). If you want to provide PR or marketing on a commercial basis, then practise promoting and protecting your personal brand first. We know employers are searching.

4 Responses to “Why 3/10 is not bad”

  1. Sherrilynne Starkie 01/05/2008 at 8:24 am #

    Indeed, 3/10 is not bad at all when you consider the Google home page is 8/10. Well done to you students, I say. Glad you are not using Technorati though, I find it misses one in five links.

  2. Elif Esiyok 01/05/2008 at 11:59 am #

    I think 3/10 is a success for us, because as you mentioned we started to run blogs 3 months ago, every day we are gaining skills and learning new things. Aim is to see 5/7 or 6/10 why not 🙂
    I tottaly agree that they are living resume’s. I already put it on my CV and I started to collect its fruits.

  3. Lukman 04/05/2008 at 7:40 pm #

    Ya mr. Bailey, to be honest, Thank You to introduce Blog to me. At the beginning I did not know anything about blog, but after I make my own blog, I felt this is quite useful, and it makes me want to use more about social networking such as blog, multiply, facebook, etc.

  4. Cillian Naughton 06/05/2008 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi Richard,
    I was Delighted with the 3/10 ranking considering i am only a ‘newbie’ to this blogging business.
    I was getting worried as i had forgotten that it took some time for them to be compiled and i thought all the efforts i had made to get the ranking were just not working!!

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