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widgets.com has 5 main content pages
widgets.com and widgets.com/index.html have PR 2
widgets.com/stuff1-5 have PR 5.
widgets.com was until xmas 05 widgets.net. Since the change to .com, lost 80% G traffic and the url and index PR dropped from 5 to 2.
All has been done with sitemaps, .htaccess, etc.
6 months later, its the same. G Traffic only seems to get works, and more and more inner pages have higher PR then widgets.com (about 60 pages have PR 3 and 150 something PR 2)
All content is unique.
Another poor guy hit by G randomness?
I'm guessing BOTh are the problem, unless you have a heap of deep links to the other pages.
Either way, this is not a randomn google problem, your site must have a problem
That was historically. The reports we've been hearing are from people who know of no deep IBLs to their site, or at least very few. So I don't think we can use historical standards to understand this current phenomenon, which just became widespread when toolbar PR was updated right after the Big Daddy roll-out was finished. There were lots of PR anomalies reported at that time.
At any rate, these newly discovered high PR pages do not seem to show any results in terms of ranking and Google search traffic. So the general feeling among people I talk to is that something is off, or non-standard, about the way toolbar PR is currently being reported. In some cases (such as this one) it may be that home page PR is calculated one way and other pages are seeing their PR calculated in a "new" and perhaps unintended manner.
It is always traffic that matters. So if a higher PR isn't generating traffic, then what good is it? Well, as long as it lasts, it might help attract more links from those people who worry about PR before they link. So that's at least one silver lining, even if it is a thin one.
I would suggest checking for canonical problems (of the "www" and "index.html" type) and making sure that the domain root resolves as is, with no redirects.
Inspite of this great PR in my site, I'm not getting any traffic from Google. MSN has far outshined both Google and Yahoo for me.