BOTW just raised their prices a fair bit last month. Just noticed that a lot of their inner pages have lost pagerank. Anyone else sensing a manual-adjustment-message from Google with paid directories? ;)
You know: "let's see how popular you are if we take away the green bars" sort of thing?
BOTW has for years had pages that did not show PageRank, and many pages still show PageRank. No change.
They also have almost 9 million pages indexed. Take a look at the backlinks behind BOTW, that tells a clearer story.
If you knew anything about the toolbar (and you should since you've been here long enough) then you would already know that Google manipulated the toolbar about five years ago to not show PR on certain kinds of web pages. At first it was rough and it showed white bars on pages like IBM's corporate partners page, then they refined it to only show on links pages. This was initially done to manipulate webmasters into slowing down reciprocal link exchanging, which at the time had gotten out of hand.
The green bar is a toy. I agree it used to be a useful took but now Google simply provide a glimps of out-dated date. The sad part is people still view it as useful when it has very little bearing on a sites importance.
I was just looking at a directory today, and they have PR 6 on the homepage, and PR 4 for most of the categories. It's easy to say that this is something limited to directories, but I've seen lots of forums where you could say the same thing. Getting that visible pagerank throughout the site is a result of building a quality resource.
[edited by: tedster at 9:07 pm (utc) on May 5, 2010]