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Lost my PR when i change my hoster.

 10:07 am on Sep 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi guys

Just moved my site to a new hoster and only managed to keep the PR on my index page.

It seems that the rest of the other pages have lost their PR.

Why is tht so?



 10:19 am on Sep 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

you didn't change the filenames did you?


 3:41 pm on Sep 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

That should NOT have happened, has nothing to do with it UNLESS you changed filenames etc...


 3:45 pm on Sep 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

It happend to us as well .. although we didnt' change hosters we swapped to a dedicated server with our same hosting company.. we got a new IP address and were only down 2 hours in the swap over. We lost two PR points back in January and haven't gotten them back yet.


 3:52 pm on Sep 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just moved my site to a new host

If the move was pretty smooth - and the new host is sound, then you should recover equally quickly; you may have missed a round of spidering. Few experience even a dip.

If the problem is prolonged, while I cannot say 'it's NOT the host change', history says that really is MOST unlikely.

I'd seriously suggest either a faulty setup with the new host/server - or an unfortunate coincidence.

If the move involved serious site rebuilding or navigation changes, that's a different story.

Either way, start from the premise "This Should Not Be Happening" - and look very carefully at any other possibility.

[added:] First thing to check for is that the new host has any necessary 301s in place, such as non-www to www. Check also any long forgotten redirects that may have been useful. Do check your navigation - xenu is your friend.

[edited by: Quadrille at 3:58 pm (utc) on Sep. 20, 2006]


 3:54 pm on Sep 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi Guys

Yup.. i didnt change the file name at all.

However, my old script was using pure html. This time i save my data into database and even got the programmer to use back to filename.html instead of .php

Could this be the reason?


 3:57 pm on Sep 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Depends how it was done; check it works as promised, work out if it will look any different to the SEs.

To Search Engines, a renamed file is no different to deleting one and placing a new one. So how it looks to SEs matters a lot.


 4:06 pm on Sep 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Triple-check that everything about the URL is identical. Even a change of capitalization or going from "domain.com" to "www.domain.com" can be significant.


 7:42 pm on Sep 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

PR is only about links and thetarget urls they link to -- nothing else. The rest of your ranking on any search is calculated by using a complex algorithm with scores of factors -- but PR has nothing to do with any of those factors, and certainly not your IP address. I think you are seeing a coincidence. If your domain name and page name sty the same, then the full urls stays the same and so does PR unless more links come into the picture somewhere.

When Google first rolled out their new infrastructure (Big Daddy) early this year, there were some major oddities in how toolbar PR was calculated. The scale they used was not comparable to the previous scale, and PR anomlies were all over the place -- internal pages with no inbound links that still were 2 or 3 PR points higher than the domain root. Crazy stuff.

Over the next few months the PR numbers jiggled around and settled out a bit, but we still hear about PR strangeness a lot.

If your traffic and your rankings on the search results are not affected, I say give this concern no more energy.

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