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Looking up historical PageRank scores

Ever wonder how your home page’s Google PageRank score has changed over the past couple years in comparison to your competitors? There’s a way to go back in time and check, assuming you’ve been listed in the Google Directory for a while. Just use the Wayback Machine and dig up archived versions of your category page in the Google Directory. For example, if your site is listed under Shopping: General Merchandise: Major Retailers, simply type into the Wayback Machine the URL “directory.google.com/ Top/Shopping/General_Merchandise/Major_Retailers/” (view the archives of this page here). This isn’t just useful for checking the actual PageRank scores. Since the sites listed on the Google Directory are sorted by PageRank score, you can also review your movement relative to the other sites in your category for smaller incremental PageRank changes. For example, did your site climb to the 5th position in that category even though your integer score didn’t change?

Don’t rely on the Internet Archive to capture these Google Directory pages with any sort of regularity. Going into the future, you should ideally be monitoring and recording the PageRank scores of you and your competitors on a regular basis.

6 comments for Looking up historical PageRank scores »

  1. MyAvatars 0.2

    Hi Chris,

    Gotta love it when I search “historical pagerank” on Google and your site is #1 on organic. Nice work!
    -Bill

    Comment by Bill — 1/22/2007 @ 8:51 am


  2. MyAvatars 0.2

    Stephan’s article – so the credit for this keyword search goes to him!

    Comment by Chris Silver Smith — 1/22/2007 @ 12:22 pm


  3. MyAvatars 0.2

    What about pages not in the google directory ?

    Comment by Eyal — 4/8/2008 @ 10:47 am


  4. MyAvatars 0.2

    any solutions to that ?

    Comment by Loan — 4/8/2008 @ 10:47 am


  5. MyAvatars 0.2

    Great point, thank you just looking for this information for a tweet request…

    Comment by David — 7/3/2009 @ 12:53 am


  6. MyAvatars 0.2

    I am trying to find out what a site’s natural ranking for certain search terms was in the past. I must be using this tool wrong because all I can find is old versions of the site. Any advice?

    Comment by Bill — 10/15/2009 @ 4:50 am


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