Following on the Web Dragon’s book review post.
Smashing Magazine has an article on how Google’s PageRank (currently) works. It’s a summary of the things that are known about Google’s PageRank algorithm.
It’s good to see a discussion of PageRank that reminds the reader the PR is a measure of quality/authority of a page and is not a test for relevance. PR is established independent of your search; it’s used after the search results are gathered to help in the ranking of the results.
The article is made up mostly of quotes that illustrate aspects of how PageRank is calculated and used. Every quote includes a link to it’s source so you are free to explore further if something catches your eye. There’s a small section with references to a selection of papers and article for those curious about the heavy lifting and complex mathematics involved in the algorithm.
If you have your own websites and are curious about their PageRanks you can use one of several tools listed in the Tools and Services section. Be aware that these are links directly to the tools and the descriptions won’t help you choose a best tool for the job.
Well worth the 20- to 30 minutes that it will take you to read it. Definitely something to bookmark for the collection of links. If you don’t like to screen read longer articles they have promised a PDF in the near future. I’ll add it’s link to this post when I get it.