Friday, October 20, 2006

PageRank and PageRankr

My fellow member of "My Way, The Entrepreneur Network", Dharmesh Shah, has some useful thoughts on the importance of Google's PageRank for Web 2.0 startups:

If you’re running a web-based startup that in any way depends on web traffic and high volume user acquisition, you need to be tracking your Google PageRank. It’s ugly, coarse and infrequently updated – but it’s important. All things being equal, a startup with a higher PageRank is worth more than one with a lower one.

I could agree more. Last night, I was at the Advisory Board/Shareholder's Meeting for one of my investments, and the management team had determined that they were getting about 1.5 million pageviews per month directly from from search engines!

To find out your PageRank, I use a nifty little site that a friend of mine created called PageRankr ( I can put in a domain name and get back the PageRank, Alexa Rank, number of indexed pages, and number of incoming links. If you're trying to sell your site, it also includes a little widget you can use to display your PageRank on your site.

PageRankr is one of those sites that is clearly a feature, not a product, but since it's so cheap to run Web sites these days, I'll bet the proprietor is still making some beer money. As I often say, thank goodness for the Internet!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

CrackSpace: The Urban MySpace

Back in 1999, I used to joke about new business models crawling out of the primordial ooze every couple of minutes. One of my friends said he could probably raise money for "the eBay of garbage collection."

I'm not even going to bother joking about this one, other than to say it is soooooo wrong on so many levels:

Urban MySpace/YouTube Hybrid,, Set to Launch Nov. 1 with Unreleased Content from Ludacris, Diddy, T.I., Lloyd Banks and More

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Book Summaries: Learned Optimism and 21 Others

Inspired by this summary of Learned Optimism (thanks for the pointer, Ben), I decided that I should let me readers in on my personal collection of book summaries, including my summary of Learned Optimism.

My new Book Outlines wiki contains 22 different book summaries (21 of my personal summaries, plus one from another writer) in categories ranging from Business to Parenting to Psychology and Writing.

Enjoy, and feel free to add your own!