TheMadScientist - 7:23 pm on Apr 4, 2010 (gmt 0)
@BillyS That may be what they're talking about, but if PR influences the decision making process then even exchanging links is not natural because of it...
Also, it's really good to hear some others talking about not giving the TBFR any credit, so thanks for sharing.
Removed the toolbar a few days ago, very liberating:)
Been feeling the way you do for a year and a half, and the only time I even think about it is when the topic comes up here. I honestly don't even wonder what the PR of a page I'm working on, linking to or visiting is, but used to. It's not SiteRank... IMO no one has a PR 5 site, unless it's tiny.
* I'm not making the emphasis for you at all, but for readers who still are led to believe a PR 5 on the home page means you have a PR 5 site, because there's all different pages people could have higher PR on than the home page, but people are sooooo mislead and confused they think there's something wrong with the site they have to fix if that happens... Grrrrrrrr.
HUGE THANKS to all the FudFactory Employees who have totally skewed the way sites and the web are linked. You're GREAT!
Some of my competitors have PR5 sites
You mean they have PR 5 page(s) on their site, right?
And, you know the number is rounded, and they could have a 'barely rounds up to 5' on their home page and you could have a 'barely rounds down to 4' on your home page and if they place 25 links to different pages on their home page and you place only 15 links to different pages on your home page your 15 sub-level pages will probably receive a higher amount of PR from your 'barely rounds down to 4' home page than their 25 sub-level pages receive from their 'barely rounds up to 5' home page, right?
You also know you could have 'groups' of inner pages with higher PR than would be from 'cascaded down', because you get PR from inbound links? I've actually had people tell me it's bad to have inner pages with higher PR than my home page, even though those were the pages I wanted to rank for the terms, I'm guessing because they keep thinking of it in terms of 'site' which is not what it is.
I honestly had a 5 on some inner pages and a 4 on the home page (this was before I stopped looking at it or caring) so would you say I have a PR 5 site or not and who's site do you think would have more pages rank better? The one with the 5 on the home page or mine with the 5 on the sub-pages...
If you want a cure for your obsessing and just can't bring yourself to uninstall the FudRank from the toolbar, then all you have to do is remove enough links from your internal pages so more weight is passed back to the home page, rather than spread through your site, then you should be able to say you have a PR 5 site when they roll out another update. Just make sure you link predominantly to your home page from through out your site and 'sculpt' your PR there... You should be able to do it fairly easily IMO. What it would probably do to your rankings is another story, but you would probably feel better when looking at the tool bar.