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within past 2 days if i search on google with one search term, click the link and go to the home page the PR is still 4 (same as past month or so since page launched)
if i search on google under different search term, i am on 2nd page, but when i click the link which goes to the same home page, the PR shows gray bar
both searches point to same url www.myname.com
is this normal?
i am new to this, so i read more than participate, but this situation confused me as i thought PR was for a site/page, not related to the search terms
any clarification will be appreciated :)
There is a "sort of" fix for this. By declaring which datacenter you want the toolbar to use, you can force the PR to settle down. But this is reminiscent of the old aphorism, "Never go to sea with two clocks, take only one, or three." If you have three clocks, and one goes wrong, toss two of the clocks overboard - one bad and one good. Otherwise if one of your two remaining good clocks goes bad, you won't know which one, so it's better to have only one and stick with it. This comes from the old days of reckoning longitude by using clocks and transits... I hope you can see the point.
If you are on a Windows box, find your hosts file - Usually under c:\Windows\hosts
There is no file extension for the hosts file. It is often accompanied by another file, hosts.sam, which is a sample file, and you can try searching for that one if you can't spot your hosts file immediately.
Open your hosts file, and add the following line down near the bottom:
This will force the toolbar to always use the same server to get PR data. You will no longer see it jumping around, but you'll never know if you are seeing the "right" PR, either.
I suggest you set the permissions on hosts to read-only when finished modifying it - A common scumware exploit is to add bogus hosts entries for popular web destinations (such as Google, Yahoo, etc.) and the effect is to redirect you to their sites and serve you junk, or to add their junk pop-ups to reputable sites. In most out-of-the-box systems, hosts contains only comment lines or the single entry: