It occurred to me that for a real look at which of the pages were truly valued by the Internet community, checking PR was the way to go. There are other methods for seeing which pages are visited the most, Google Analytics or Webmaster tools will do that, plus you can also see what links are going to the various pages or posts. But even so, just getting a list of all the posts on your blog or pages on your website indexed against their individual page rank was bound to give a great insight into which pages were being bookmarked and linked to, remembering page rank comes primarily from links to a ‘URL’. Plus there is only really one valid reason that is done and that is because the content is valued.
I thought it would be a no-brainer, bound to be a WordPress plugin that does that? Well if there is I couldn’t find it, but what I did find was an article describing how to go about doing exactly what I wanted. Funnily enough it was called How To: Check PageRank Of All Pages Within Site because it does exactly what it says on the tin. Here is the link to the one I created following the instructions provided, it’s called .. Page Rank Checker.. so if you can’t be bothered with figuring out exactly how to set your own up then you are welcome to use mine.
How times change, there is actually a plugin for doing page rank checking on all your blog posts now, it displays the page rank as a column within the postings list from your WordPress dashboard. Seems to work pretty well and you can download it from here Blog Post Page Rank Checker
So you don’t need to use the XML sitemap as a feed for this anymore, the plugin does it all for you. Doesn’t help for people with standard websites, but at least it takes care of the problem for WordPress blogs.
If you don’t have a sitemap for your website you can create one relatively easily, I wrote an articles on HubPages telling you exactly how to create a sitemap for submission to Google which you can crib from. Incidentally if you need links to your pages, creating articles on HubPages that have links to your pages is a great way to do it, there are a few rules to follow but they provide real Google juice once you have everything organised properly.
If you have a WordPress Blog, its even easier, you just use a plugin like Google XML Sitemaps to create a sitemap for the whole of your blog automatically and copy the URL from that. So as long as you know how to install a plugin, you have all the tools you need to check page rank right across your blog sites. Great tool I think, enjoy.