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Another question is how soon after good links are added do the websites pick up on these and raise the score?
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Up until 4 or 5 months ago, they all had PR. When I first noticed this I thought it was a penalty of some kind, but all the pages continued to rank OK and are still regularly spidered.
I did a bit of searching a while back and couldn't find a single .cgi page that was also located in a /cgi-bin/ directory on the 'net with any PR. I even found a .cgi page with a PR8 backlink that was also PR-less (I did check robots.txt too).
Given that all my pages show up OK in the index and they all rank OK, I can only guess that it's perhaps some kind of bug with the toolbar. I find it hard to believe that all the .cgi pages I randomly stumbled across on the 'net had been penalised. Or maybe Google just disapproves of .cgi pages for some reason. For me, it started around the time Google appeared to stop 'guesstimating' PR - so it could be related to that.
From what I can tell, just changing the extension to .pl should work. Mod Rewrite might also be an option.
Other people may have different experiences. It's been a while since I tried searching for .cgi pages with PR.
I think I've seen some cgi pages since which show PR in the toolbar, but personally I've changed all the cgi scripts on my site to look like /cgi-bin/something.cgi/quack.html.
Even without any parameters, a .cgi page always seems to attract PR0 though. Just from a quick search of Google right now, I can find quite a few .php and .asp pages *with * parameters that show PR.
I just stumbled across:
If you search the backlinks for that page, you'll get about 30 odd links returned (some of which are PR5). Therefore, if .php and .asp pages with parameters show PR, I think it's odd that it shows a PR0.