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It seems we were right, as our toolbar PR increased in the April 22, 2005 update. We have now eclipsed the competitors in our space, and are having strong SERP results (and have for the last few months). All is good. Except the directory.
On the same day that our toolbar PR went up, our directory PR seems to have dropped, and we've fallen from first to third in our category, after competitors with lower toolbar PR. Does this make sense? I can understand one being a more recent refresh of "true PR" than the other, but they changed on the same day. How can this be?
Now our site is just coming out of a "Sand Box" too, been almost 7 months since we switched domains and have been slowly watching our site come up in the rankings and then on the 12th of April, we went totally missing, but yet our PR on our pages skyrocketed. And of course now I am getting asked for a status report from our CEO.
Now I have seen this before, its almost like they put our site in a holding tank for a week or two, and we'll pop up into the ranks again, but reassurance or any insight would be appreciated.