|Easy trick to see a stable PageRank during the update...|
Because the replication of the new Google database to the different data centers around the world takes a while (i.e. the dance), and lots of folks (including myself) are bummed out that they can't see a stable new PageRank in the new database. Unfortnately, until the dance is done, you get get erratice results due to DNS round robining to all the different data centers. They do this to spread the load out. So normally you can't really tell if your pages are up or down, unless you know your old rank, or wait until everything is stable.
Well here is an easy trick I came up to lock your PageRank results on to the web-ex.google.com version of the database (I presume this is co-location at Exodus in Santa Clara), which I beleive is the root of the new database being replicated out.
If you are a Windows NT/2000/XP users, then add the following line to your TCP/IPhosts file:
This file is usually in the following directory:
For other operating systems, you have to look around for this file, but the format is the same.
You can leave it this way all the time if you like, it just means that your PageRank scores will always come from Google's data center in Santa Clara.