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I still feel like we've been thrown some pennies to distract us.
[edited by: Atomic at 5:25 am (utc) on July 14, 2006]
I hope this info is helpful to someone.
Right on target. Maybe others have been affected NOW but from what I see...nothing really changed serps wise as they should have changed for us given we previously had PR 0's across everything but our home page until now. We did experience a little bump some time ago which looked as if we got some rank back while nothing other than PR 0's was displayed across the site. Too me this is just a display of something that actually occured in the recent past.
There are some other issues we need to clear up in order to see us climb in the results to more "natural" positions. Right now it is nice to confirm what we suspected as well as bring new hope for our business.
I did run across GoogleGuy, so there is a good chance he is listening in. Maybe he could clarify for us that this is in fact new or just a display.
Our homepage finally went to #1 for our unique domain name early this year. Later we seen PR update to a PR of 5. But was some time after this happened. Later still we seen some pages actually start to rank for terms but the toolbar said a big fat 0. With a PR of 0 we shouldn't have ranked at all. Now we can see why we started to rank with this visible PR update.
All the Best
Some of the other posters in here are right, the new page rank did NOT change our positions at all. I have one site with a PR 4 and it is TOP across ALL terms and one with PR 6 that comes up #33, etc.
Starts at the high pr pages, 10,9,8 etc... and works its way down.
My site has a very clear demonstation of the BD PR problem. I'll explain it here in case the Google people care to follow what's going on...
--My site went live in Nov. 2005.
--On the Feb 2006 PR update (the last pre BD update). My hompepage was assigned a PR2 and second level were assigned PR1. This seemed fair as at that time I really hadn't started a full scale link building campaign. So all was good...
--The April 4 2006 update is when things got ugly (just happens to be the first BD update?). All of my new pages were assigned rank, which seemed to be grossly inflated. PR4 and PR5 were all over my site. Problem was the original PR2 homepage and PR1 second level pages PR did not change, even though new second level pages very similar to the old now had PR5. So I bitched... and waited...
--The July 13 PR update seems to have corrected my grossly overinflated ranks on innner pages... But the PR2 homepage and original PR1 second level pages still linger.
In summary, there is no way my site is a PR2. It's full of great content, I have a significant number of quality inbounds, I have no link exchange spam going on and Matt Cutts himself has told me there is 'absolutely' no penalty in place. He said the reason for my problem getting pages indexed and non supplemental was solely due to PR. I now feel like i'm in a 9 month endless loop. Google is broke!