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PR experts opinions wanted
About Google PR checker tools and more

 12:04 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

could anybody suggest me a tool to accurately check the Google Page Rank? The toolbar seem not be frequently updated/accurate.
The many web sites around that include PR checker tools, are based on toolbar system or do they update as constantly as Google do?

In the recent few months I have increased the number of my Inbound links. They are links manually added on content websites with PR higher or equal to my website, but surprisingly my PR (checked through toolbar and some PR checker websites) has decreased from 5 to 4.
I'd love to know PR experts' opinions about that.




 6:35 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

You're right, Google only exports their internal PR data to the toolbar about four times a year - so toolbar PR (TBPR) is not ever in present time. Also no online or offline tool has a hotline to present time PR values.

Because PR is a measure that is relative to EVERY other url in the index, as the total number of urls goes up (which it does all the time) your PR can appear to go down even though you have more inbound links tha you did in the past -- it's a math thing.

There's lots more here:
Google PR - Page Rank FAQs [webmasterworld.com]


 6:53 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

How about in webmaster tools? The "crawl stats" that show pagerank in google? Is that up to date?


 9:40 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

You can see your PR when you look at your position in search results.


 10:31 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Try looking up your site in the Google Directory.

Do a search in the Google directory, then lookup your site within its particular category. This only works if your site is listed in DMOZ, which the Google directory pulls from.

I suspect that the PR data show on the left hand side is newer and fresher that what is displayed on the toolbar.

I could be wrong on that though.


 1:08 am on Nov 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

My experience is that the Directory PR usually lags behind even the toolbar, which still lags behind "real PR" that Google uses to calculate the SERPs. I suppose it's possible (but not likely) that Google would do a separate PR export when they update the Directory with a new data dump from DMOZ. But my guess is they would take the already exported toolbar number. I've never heard or seen otherwise

Bottom line is that Google will not show you current PR, not in any way by any publicly available means. And that current PR is being updated in a nearly continual fashion, all the time.

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