This article might also be titled “The Day I Accidentally Wore a Black Hat.” In terms of computing, hacking, search engine optimisation and so on, a black hat refers to something illegal. A white hat refers to doing something the right way, and a grey hat refers to being in the middle somehow.
Over the last few years, Google seem to be updating their pagerank index about every six months. Earlier this year, the Google pagerank was update at the end of March. Given that Google seems to like to update half yearly, the next update is aticipated towards the end of September, about 7 or 8 weeks away now.
Page Rank is a unique score out of ten that Google gives to every web site on the internet. A high rank of 10 means a very important website - in fact only 9 websites in the world as of this moment have a rank of 10.
On the other hand, out of 240 million websites - the majority of them are page rank 0 and 1 is the mean score.
The higher your page rank, the better your site scores in search results for relevant keywords, so here is my very basic pagerank calculator. Each link to your site is worth a vote and some votes are more important than others. A link from a rank ten site automatically gives your site an 8. To get a ten from page rank 1 votes however requires almost an infinitesimal number of votes.