Well, it has been a couple days since I gave up the page rank tool on the Google tool bar. No one told me how tough it would be! To begin with, I never knew how many times my eyes flicked up to that little button. When looking at a webpage, I find that my first reaction is to see how it ranks. I could even tell just by looking at it how the page ranked. I did not need to hover the mouse over it to get the more precise figure. Looking at page rank was partly professional interest, but I admit that I tended to respect a page more if it ranked well. Now that I don’t know, I have to take the information at face value.
The truth is, several times I have been tempted to put it back on, if only for a few minutes, just to check the page rank of a particular page. I sometimes will buy a domain, and for this purpose it is nice to know the page rank. But most of my domain shopping is just window shopping, so I have resisted the temptation.
Have I really missed the page rank tool? A confession – Once I did look up the page rank of a particular website with an online verification tool that I happened to have bookmarked. Other than this one little back-slide, I truly have not missed it, and my feelings of liberation go on unabated.