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How Does Your Blog Rank?

posted Monday, September 22nd 2008 by Jonathan Drain
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The true measure of a blog is the quality of its content, but the computers at Google have their own popularity measurement called PageRank. It’s not the only factor that determines how high your blog or website appears on web searches, but when yours increases it’s something to celebrate.

I’ve checked up the PageRank of some of the more popular D&D sites and blogs out there. This blog‘s PageRank is a respectable 4/10, where ten is the highest. You can check PageRank using the Google Toolbar.

Also at four are Chatty DM, Dungeon Mastering, Gnome Stew, Jeff’s Gameblog, Kobold Quarterly and Stupid Ranger. By internet terms, these are all fairly established sites.

At five are the long-time Roleplaying Tips and the 9rules network member Treasure Tables. At the lofty heights of 6 are community ENWorld and the Wizards of the Coast official D&D website.

PageRank is slow to index, so a few newer blogs have received no rating yet despite their popularity. This includes Critical Hits, Mike Mearls’ Keep on the Gaming Lands and RPG Bloggers.

All of the above sites come highly recommended. If you run a roleplaying games site or blog, how does yours fare?


  1. Alex Schröder

    September 22nd, 2008

    According to some webpage I found the pagerank for my blog is a whooping five. I’m assuming that’s because of the main site at emacswiki.org has a mind bending seven, however. My RPG category has a page rank of nil, nada, zero. :)

    All URLs removed because I think they trigger the spam filter.

  2. Bartoneus

    September 22nd, 2008

    Wait, new blog? Critical Hits? We used to be at google PR 4/10 but were penalized (and dropped to 0) at some point in the last two years. I thought we were back up to 3/10 but I’ll have to check, thanks for the link!

  3. Bob

    September 22nd, 2008

    My blog is relatively new. In fact it’s that new I haven’t actually bought a domain yet so it’s running off a subdomain of my personal blog at the moment.

    I do know however that if I’m very lucky it’ll maybe jump to a PR1 at the next update purely on it’s link from the RPG network. It’s never going to get very high however as I’m never going to have the time or the writing skills to get it into the Same league as the big guns :)

  4. Dave T. Game

    September 22nd, 2008

    Yeah man, according to the archives, we’ve been doing this rpg blogging thing longer than you have :)

  5. Micah

    September 22nd, 2008

    IMHO, PR values are not as important as your association with particular keywords. Choose the words and phrases you want and make sure they’re in your page text, in the title tag, and used by others when linking to you.

    For example, we (Obsidian Portal) have the phrase “Obsidian Portal” locked down. Duh. However, we would like to show up for phrases like “D&D campaign website”, which happens to show this blog very prominently, even though both this blog and Obsidian Portal have PageRank of 4.

    So, focus on identifying your keywords and making sure they appear prominently in your site. That will work much better than trying to brute-force increase your PR score.

  6. Jonathan Drain

    September 22nd, 2008

    My bad, Bart and Dave!

    The published PageRank figures take quite a while to update, so a site’s true PageRank may not be shown if it’s changed in the past few months.

    Micah: This is true, PageRank is only one measurement. I’m on the first page of Google for “Chaotic Evil” with a page that ranks only PR2, but Dungeon Mastering is on page 19 for “Dungeons & Dragons” and D20 Source doesn’t show up at all.

  7. VlogHog

    October 25th, 2008

    Is there a guide that shows the value of PageRank? For instance, a PageRank of 1 = such and such or PageRank of 3= such and such.

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