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Where does this toolbar PR come from?

unused name, PR7

1:25 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've worked hard at building my web sites over the past 10 years and the best I've ever mustered was a PR6 homepage.

Tonight I pulled a previously unused domain name out of my private stash, and as soom as I set up the new web site, the G toolbar shows it as a PR7.

The link: and site: commands shows no listings, and the wayback machine shows no previous web sites. The name had been pointing to a server that showed the IIS default "Under Construction" page for the past 6 months, and it had not been previously registered when I registered the name 6 months ago.

Is this just a fluke that I should try not to pay any attention to or is there reproducable reason why this site shows PR7? Is there anything else that I can look at to try to determine what caused this?

Thanks for your suggestions....

9:00 am on Nov 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have a similar situation:

I recently bought a few sites and domain names from someone. A lot of the names don't really have any development value in them for me at the moment, but they came along as part of the package. You know the type of deal.

Anyway. The Toolbar pagerank indicator tells me that one particular (undeveloped) domain (widgets.net) is a PR 7. There's no way this site (it's never been developed, to my knowledge) could legitimately get any PR.

Now I know that toolbar PR means very little indeed, but this is, to me, a very odd thing.

On investigation in a G search for "link:www.widgets.net", I get links to a completely different site - one I have never heard of before, and certainly one I've never had any dealings with ("www.differentwidgets.net"). If I attempt to do any more searching using the quick links that G supplies, it then begins searching for, (e.g.) "site:www.differentwidgets.net".

Any thoughts anyone?


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