|the worst is that my traffic dropped beginning yesterday about 30% |
The two events are not likely to be connected, Christi. The Toolbar PR update was calculated a while ago, and it only reflects a "snapshot" at any rate. Real PR is being continually calculated and updated every day, so any ranking changes related to PR would have already been affecting your site and your friend's.
tedster, although I agree with your statement that the two events are not connected in Christi's case, but I highly doubt that this is a regular snapshot of the already calculated real PR.
In my case it is highly unlikely that having my PR6 site banned and having the TBPR update in the same time is just a coincidence.
Thanks for clarifying that, Tedster. I'm much less concerned about the PR ranking, because it had all been up a notch for a couple months. The gut-wrenching part is the loss of traffic and previously held #1 spots on certain keyphrases.
Moftary, your case doesn't seem like a coincidence to my eye either.
I'm pretty sure that Google takes an initial snapshot of the PR data and then runs it through some extra processing and filtering. Only then do they send the data to the toolbar for public eyes. So it's possible that a new factor for your website might hit just at that moment and be reflected in a gray bar or something.
PR is a really weak metric for website health, even weaker than rankings - and rankings are getting weaker in usefulness all the time. For me, PR is a minor diagnostic tool once in a while, and that's about it.
Traffic is the metric that is worth watching IMO, and I understand being upset about a big drop in traffic from Google Search, especially if your previous traffic was well targetted. This isn't the thread to dissect those kinds of issues - but there is plenty of food for thought in the Hot Topics area [webmasterworld.com], which is always pinned to the top of this forum's index page.
So I propose we consider Page Rank watching as a kind of entertainment, like those personality tests that show up in pop culture magazines from time to time. If you get a bad score on one of those but your friends and family haven't complained or left, then you just shrug it off.
But if everyone finds a reason to leave the room whenever you walk in, then you probably want to investigate further, but not because of some pop test in a magazine.
Here is some comfort from Matt Cutts to those sites not showing much PageRank (posted today on a thread on Sphinn [sphinn.com]):
Even if you don't show much PageRank, Google still has 200+ other signals we use in our ranking. It's definitely common to see lower-PageRank sites ranking above higher-PageRank sites--which tends confuses the people who obsess too much about PageRank and who don't focus on other factors that search engines might use to rank pages.
Well I been trying to figure out what this update was about but I came to a conclusion that it was definately an attack against paid links. I checked out all of backlinks.com pages and noticed all most all of there pr6 links they have went down to a pr0 or 1 or NA, last week the toolbar showed almost all there links to be accurate. Now there entire invetory has gone to nothing. All my links that came from legit websites stayed up. If anyone knows what this update was about or has any feedback please POST! My site went from a pr4 to pr3 and we were expecting to move to a pr5.
|we were expecting to move to a pr5 |
You really can't "expect" these things. You may be stuck at a pr3 for a year no matter what kind of seemingly high-PR links you may acquire. Sometimes they don't count and you can't really know for sure. Look at some of the earlier posts about how little PageRank really matters when it comes to rankings (Tedster et al.)
Just some friendly advice and don't obsess over it. :)
|but I highly doubt that this is a regular snapshot of the already calculated real PR. |
Page Rank is like a photo taken in the past. Just like Tedster says, it is simply a snapshot of what the page rank of any given page was at that time when the data was collected for export.
Page Rank is about effect and not cause. A diverse set of quality links pointed at the site creates page rank, not the other way around.
|how little PageRank really matters when it comes to rankings |
Agreed, but if it doesn’t have much to do with ranking, then what role does it play, or more directly what is it supposed to tell us about the site? What exactly is the PR of a site supposed to reflect? Over time tool bar displayed PR and rankings have become further and further separated. Fundamentally PR is a reflection of links, and back links is an element of ranking which we continue to see as the dominant factor.
Mr. Cutts is telling us;
|Google still has 200+ other signals we use in our ranking. It's definitely common to see lower-PageRank sites ranking above higher-PageRank sites--which tends confuses the people who obsess too much about PageRank and who don't focus on other factors that search engines might use to rank pages. |
He’s right, but generally speaking sites ranking higher have better looking back link profiles, which should be reflected in higher PR. No?
Once again when we thought we were making gains Google busts our chops and drops our PR back down to 2. This sucks.
has anyone noticed what pattern or change they did to there algorithm
Or know where I can go to find that info.
|He’s right, but generally speaking sites ranking higher have better looking back link profiles, which should be reflected in higher PR. No? |
Higher ranking websites don't always have better looking link profiles. Some sites that rank high have good looking profiles, but also have a combination of top notch attributes which meet Google ranking metrics better than a website with, let's say, what we would deem a 'better' link profile. This is why overall page rank, as Matt explains it, is only part of the picture.
More and more, it seems that other metrics will begin to take parallel precedence in terms of priority in ranking.
However, I do believe that for large websites with many pages, high page rank is an absolutely necessity in order to propagate to the inner page and keep them both fresh and out of the stale index.
my new 1-month-old site jumps from 0 to 4....
moftary, check your site with different levels of the content filter in preferences/options. It seems to be rather sensitive, even with sites that don't intentionally publish questionable content. If one page hits the filter, it seems like the whole site gets put under the filter. So it's worth checking, if the site is being designated as having been included in the index.
webmasterworld.com went to a 6 unless I got it wrong. Very weird
It seems everyone's "Green Bar Addiction" is alive and well. When is Brett going to introduce his "12 Step TBPR Program"? ;-) If your PageRank went down, no need to panic. Tedster gives great advice. It is all about traffic and conversion. Concentrate on those areas as that's what puts food on the table, not PR.
There's no doubt a problem for anyone who's been page stuffing, adding pages with file names and global anchor text for every possible keyword phrase combination, permutation and variation under the sun.
Think phrase-based indexing was nothing more than Google Kool-Aid served up as a taste-tempting webmaster refreshment?
i have 6-years-old site, with major canonical issues.
in first three year i had page rank 5
in second three year i had page rank 6
but now, in just 2 month, it goes down from 6 to 5 and know to 4 !
I'm really disappointed.
I realize pr is not that important. Still its interesting to see what g is thinking about these days. So with that can people post about their sites and what happened so we can see what g is doing.
My site dropped a point. Backlinks have been going up. No paid links at all (Im cheap). The only theory I have is g is discounting site wide links (I got a few of those).
Someone posted something about pagestuffing. I thought that might affect ranking but why would it affect pr. I thought pr was only about backlinks. But maybe something has changed.
Also I am seeing a lot of people go from 0 to whatever. But people that were at 4 5 or 6 seem to be going down more often than up. Is this what other people see?
A lot more downs than ups - probably to do with the fact that original content as a percentage of total content is on a continual decline and PR getting spread thinner as a result.
Im seeing more sites down that up, older links getting devalued. This decline seems to be effecting commercial only sites mostly. I notice the same PR or increase for active blogs steadly gaining new links.
For trivia, i could only find 2 PR10 sites: Google and US.gov. The others, W3C, Apple, Wikipedia, Adobe and others gone to PR9.
|If one page hits the filter, it seems like the whole site gets put under the filter. |
Marcia, It's only a "coming soon" page with nothing but the company name in the title. The site is not penalized or under specific filter, it's totally banned.
Isn't this the typical quarterly PR update? You know, the whole recalculation bit where PR has to be spread across more or less domains, etc?
Try this, uninstall your Google Toolbar for 30 days. I did and you know what, it really didn't have that much of an effect on me. In fact, the only time I really look at that thing is when people start talk about updates. ;)
So tell me, what happens when you come across a quality site but it only has PR1 or PR2? Or wait, what if it had PR0. What's that tell you? ;)
The home page for our main site just went from 4 to 5. Our one page blog hosted on Wordpress just went from 3 to 4.
The strangest thing is two months ago I started a wordpress blog when I was diagnosed as being diabetic so that I could log blood sugar levels together with food and drink consumed so that I can track the effect of foods on my blood sugar levels.
I maintain this almost everyday. I haven't linked any sites to it from anywhere and haven't noticed any sites linking to it. Usually one or two people find it somehow by searching Wordpress. I logged in today and it's a PR3.
I know that PR probably doesn't account for much these days, but is Google giving it away for free now?
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|I know that PR probably doesn't account for much these days, but is Google giving it away for free now? |
I've seen that kind of thing a good bit on what you might call "backwater" web sites - and not just with this recent PR update, either. Google takes a few different actions to help the "little site" have a chance to show up in the SERPs.
I manage a site which has been linked to from a pr7 page on an 'authority site' in the IT sector, yet the site I manage has fallen from pr6 to pr5 which doesn't make any sense. The link from the pr7 page was put there many months ago without my knowledge and the site has been benefitting from the pr transfer ever since. The 'authority site' is still pr7 - any ideas?
A couple of ideas on that, helen:
1) the value of backlinks can decline with age
2) more links may have been added to the authority page, and that brings the value of each link down
3) your page may have been just over the edge of PR6, and with more pages on the web, it's now just below the dicinding line.
helensimons, I would like to think of PR as a mixed number.
In your case the authority site might went down from PR7.99 to PR7.01, toolbar would still show it as PR7, so the PR juice passed to your site would be less.
As for dropping from PR6 to PR5 it might confirm my opinion for the web going minus one (or, again, a fraction of one) PR because of the usual stretching and flexing of total PR as the web grows as tedster mentioned.
So the thing that I am most confused about is "original content as a percentage of total content is on a continual decline" does on page content effect pr?
I thought pr was purely a number that dealt with backlinks to a site. The more backlinks the higher the pr.
Is that no longer true (or was it never true). How is a backwater blog with no incoming links getting a pr3. Is internal linking doing that or is g saying you have great original content here is a pr 3 for your work?
I would think g instead would rank that site high in the serps but not give them a high pr.
|I thought pr was purely a number that dealt with backlinks to a site. The more backlinks the higher the pr. |
has been always the case, why would you think otherwise?
|How is a backwater blog with no incoming links getting a pr3? |
Are you checking using google link: operator?
It only gives a sample of links so you can safely assume that the site has some PR3-PR4 inbound links.
|Is internal linking doing that or is g saying you have great original content here is a pr 3 for your work? |
*** The more backlinks the higher the PR ***
No longer just "more". Now, some links don't count for much, some don't count at all, maybe even some count against you?
There are probably several dozen factors that influence this, none of them the pure "number"; relevance, age, history, changes, all play a part.
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