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From my observations, I have not seen the usual PR updates that usually occur. Only Pr's going from PR5, PR6, and PR7's to Zero's. Some coming back and some staying there.
Mind that I am tracking domains that I work with, as well as very popular domains.
I have a domain that had over 11,000 backlinks and a PR8, and the links have dropped to under 1,000 and the PR still remains an 8. It was previously a PR6 before that backlink campaign.
So this leads me to think that something drastic is going to happen and when it hits, it will hit hard on many different sites.
There are already many out there with PR0's and no real answer to why. Usually when you got a PR0, you knew why and it was usually related to spammy, cloaky reasoning. This time around, the question is BIG, and people aren't sure.
Some are relating it to too many backlinks from specific directories saying they may now be categorized as link farms, and then others are simply lost.
I would be interested to hear other people's theory on what is up with the Google PR and what you think may happen in the very near future.
With minimal PR updates for about 3 full months, and many backlink updates, something is bound to happen soon.
Let me know your thoughts
It's not a great parallel but before Florida Google was relying absurdly on mere volume of anchor text. Up till today anyway, Google again has been much more geared to sheer volume of anchor text than at any time since Florida. Since volume of anchor text is the ultimate in simplistic algorithm, it makes a bit of sense to see that when the results are in a "holding pattern".
Hopefully (a kinder, gentler, slightly smarter) Florida will appear soon.
<I definitelty don't think the current update is "it". A bit of change on the lag time stuff, but still a lot of completely implausible rankings for newer stuff.>
I think it is impossible for google to remove the pagerank or not to show the correct pagerank becasue google writes in their guidelines that you should not trade links with bad neighbourhoods (something like this) but without the green pagerank bar it would be impossible to know if this is a good neighbourhood or not. :)
yeah - that would mean google might penalize people actively looking to optimize their sites. they would never do that...
Googlebot (Google) 13409+59 3.91 GB 23 Sep 2004
As you can see, it has spidered 3.91 gigs this month so far, last month it spidered 4.16 gigs. I don't understand what happened to my PR because if I was banned they wouldn't continue to spider it.
Click the link and the search your visitor did to find your site will be replicated. Page forward and backwards through the results and you will probably find your website listed in the search results.
I hope this was helpful.
My site has at least 200 legitimate backlinks and it dropped again, at least today. I'm lucky if I maybe get 100 people from google today. 2 months ago, I was getting 3-4000.