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Pages not getting PR passed on
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msg:3960379
 4:43 pm on Jul 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have a problem with one of my sites that runs on a custom made CMS and its driving me nuts.

The homepage has a steady PR3 and around 140 internal links, most of them category pages. Yet, aside from the index, only a handful of the category pages carry any PR (for months now). Being there for over a year now, shouldn't those pages show at least a grey PR bar (PR0)?

Anyone has any experiences with that? What can cause such selective PR passing. I know I shouldn't be too focused on PR but when more than 90% of the sites are "unranked" (not even PR0) and also not ranking well, I start to worry and wonder what could possibly be wrong.
Any ideas?

 

tedster




msg:3960748
 3:26 am on Jul 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

Since you say "at least a gray bar", I assume that you are seeing a white bar. A white bar means that the page has PR above 0 and less than 1. Only a gray bar means no data. So you're doing BETTER than a gray bar.

Splitting a PageRank vote of 3 across 140 links could very well give each of those target pages a PageRank of "less than 1".

[edited by: tedster at 8:33 am (utc) on July 28, 2009]

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msg:3960846
 8:20 am on Jul 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

I meant at least a white bar, sorry.

tedster




msg:3960871
 8:35 am on Jul 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

Ah, the infamous gray bar problem. I don't know anyone who has mastered the understanding of what Google is up to with that. Are you getting any direct search traffic to those internal pages?

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msg:3960876
 8:49 am on Jul 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

not really no... but quite a few have decent rankings on yahoo which is what confuses me a bit.

since you imply nobody knows what up with what google wants to tell me with the gray bar, are you aware of people recovering? adjusting things to impose change?

tedster




msg:3960889
 9:03 am on Jul 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

Nobody knows the WHOLE story - but some things do seem clear. Pages that are essentially collections of links, or very thin on content (stub pages) seem to get gray-barred. Pages that sell links sometimes get gray-barred. Sometimes on web directories, even the top shelf variety, you see internal pages get gray-barred. And yet those pages still seem to help the urls that they link to. Clear evidence to me that gray-bar doesn't mean zero - it just means "we've got no data we will share right now."

I don't know of any specific tactics that have resulted in the removal of a gray bar - but they do come and go anyway. I find it frustrating, but not worth a lot of direct attention. I just keep building more value into the site and make sure that I get the word out.

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