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Easy trick to see a stable PageRank during the update...

 3:12 am on Nov 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

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: toolbarqueries.google.com

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.




 3:51 am on Nov 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Well here is an easy trick I came up to lock your PageRank results

This has been written many times before, but I'm glad somebody actually started a new topic for this, cause people just keep asking about it over and over.


 4:06 am on Nov 30, 2002 (gmt 0)


Thanks, Les. That was really useful. I'd had a quick glimpse of the new PR7 on my index page earlier today, but it subsequently vanished. It's nice to see that it was real and it wasn't just that I'd been overdoing the decaf.



 4:14 am on Nov 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

this is really great info... but is there a way to see if it works? i mean, my PR might not change, but how do i even know that i am reading the PR from my new host?


 4:18 am on Nov 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Anyone know where this file is in 98?


 4:25 am on Nov 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

just do a file search for "hosts". you will find it eventually.


 12:53 pm on Nov 30, 2002 (gmt 0)


I wonder whether it should be 102 rather than 100. Doing an nslookup on toolbarquery.google.com returns four IPs, all ending in 102, rather than 100 like the www's.

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