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speculation is about "downweighing" of recips and director listings
Similar idea here. Last month Matt Cutts talked about changes in the way backlinks were "being weighted". This is the first toolbar PR update since then, so the first chance of seeing what that might mean. Now "being weighted" could also be talking about other kinds of backlink infulence and not specifically PR, but I still think it's a good guess.
I also find that some sites that kept their PR value are certainly not the most trusted in the industry - many have backlinks from paid textlinks or simply from their own network of websites.
I was hoping more realistic PR values someday, apparently GG doesn't agree - is there a point keeping the toolbar PR at all? Is this only to fool webmasters, I seriously start to believe so.
In a way, if GG is playing around with toolbar PR values while keeping real values for themselves they will prevent the whole link scheme from affecting their SERP AND at the same time they don't have to tell us that's just a random value on our toolbar.
So is the first wave removing PR value then the 2nd wave dropping competitors? ...not all at once otherwise people will notice :)
Ok maybe I am paranoid, but seriously I've seen lawsuits for less than that :P
my SERP ranks leapt immediately after the PR update propagated - anyone have any thoughts / comments?
...just a follow up to my comment above (yesterday) and Tedster's reply - you were spot on Tedster, no change in ranks due to the TBPR update - just the visibility on the Toolbar. (but with a 4 --> 6 jump, and a bunch of other nice improvements on interior pages, I do have a big smile on my face haha). Tks.
many people (not only here at WebmasterWorld, actually) are noticing a -1 drop in TBPR.
well, there are at least 3 possible causes for this, imho:
1) pages linking to ours have less pagerank, so there's less pagerank to transmit.
2) pages linking to ours have more links in it, so a smaller portion of pagerank is transmitted to every single linked page.
3) pages didn't really lose pagerank. just other websites gained more.
remember real pagerank is not 0-10, but 0-infinite...
Yes PR Final Update Finished this morning.
Which PR update? :-)
Honestly I'm in a big doubt now that there has been a real TBPR update..
- The PR values we see at present on the Toolbar might be inaccurate. Our kind fellow member Adam Lasnik wrote yesterday [webmasterworld.com]:
...If, however, your PR has dropped to zero AND you've not seen any significant loss in traffic from Google, rest assured that this is most likely a PR-reporting (PR on Toolbar) error; ...
Which could means that the changes we see at present on the TBPR values might be not accurate.
- Though we have noticed the start of changes on TBPR for 4 days ago, there hasn't been yet any confirmation from Google that a TBPR update has started or has taken place.
- We might have been witnessing a Bad Data Push in an attempt to update TBPR.
Page Rank can be understood as a probability distribution - the probability that a "randomly clicking surfer" beginning on any arbitrary web page will end up on the page in question. The toolbar gives us integers from 0 to 10 as a convenience - but really, just like any probability, the highest PR is actually "1". It's as though real PR is multiplied by ten and then the trailing decimals are truncated to give the user-friendly, simple integers that we see on the toolbar.
[edited by: tedster at 6:47 pm (utc) on May 1, 2007]
pr is a measure of your share of the 'power' of the internet where a share is decided by your share of the total number of links....to my understanding for any given iteration the number of pages on the internet is finite..therefore pr cannot be infinite since it cannot exceed the sum of the total...that total sum is a fixed number..if that number was infinite everyones pr would be infinite...
thats how i understand it anyway! :)
even by your own explanation you state the total as being one....if the total is one how can the pr be infinite when the total of everyones pr must be 1
I admit it hurts to see a 3 but I know the reason why and feel PR is just something we look at and a small part of the overall picture....I quit chasing the bar and now focus on quality content to bring a customer back for information.
tedster..interested in how you make pr infinite...
I wasn't saying that, soapy. Guess I wasn't clear enough. Calculating to an infinite number of decimal places still gives a finite number.
Possibly the confusion is coming in between maximum total PR on the web and maximum possible PR for a given page. The maximum possible PR for any one page is 1 (turned into 10 on the toolbar). There is no maximum for possible total PR on the web -- but at any given time, as you say, it is always a finite number.
Sorry for going off-topic again. Now back to the regularly scheduled PR Update thread...
I believe that Google has completely changed the way they used to give weight to the inbound links.
Links from all pages like resources, links, etc..etc... were disrespected
Links coming in from Blogs, Articles, Forums got cached in Google Index
Google disqualified links below PR 2
Many more awaiting :(
2 major SEO sites and one major Keyword Tool site have gone from PR7 to PR6...anyone notice other sites in SEO industry loose PR?
I have been having a SEO company work with on one of my sites and their PR went from 5 to 6. Looks like they are doing something right. Hopefully, mine will shift as well.
No changes in SERPS, and traffic is way up, if anything.
Is it some sort of paidlink filter discounted too many natural links? Anyone has similar ideas?
Is it me or are pages with the most outgoing links the one without TBPR right now?