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Recently, in one of my client website, few of the inner page got grayed PR. Earlier they used to have a good PR (5). When I checked the cache of the web page itís not showing.
But surprisingly when I gave the company name search in Google, the inner page appeared in SERPs & showing cache dated as 10th May.
My question is that is this some sort of Penalty....
I have never posted my site in any of the directories nor in forums... Then why it got grayed...
SEO Gurus please help.
I feel it is a PR bug, nothing else.
That's my feeling too. With the last TBPR update, I had a bunch of new pages that got PR for the first time, and several hundred existing pages show greyed out PR as well. My traffic is way up, I'm still getting lots of referrals on those greyed out pages, and they're still ranking #1 in the SERPS - I just think it's not being reported properly. I also don't have any PR info for May in my GWT account either, so it's probably all part and parcel of the same thing.
As I know there is no solution to fix it for the time being, you just have to wait until Google perform next PR update.
In fact you will definitely get your PR back but not sure whether it will be the same as before or less.
Back to lurking,
I agree with you. IN ADDITION, while other factors may have something to do with this its nnot just a bug and has something to do with link exchanges and relevancy. I have researched this as well. Furthermore, if you look at some of the other posts & discussion about the Yo-Yo effect that this is direclty related to those sites as well.
I bet the sites that are shuffling in and out of ranks as of late have a greyed PR for at least 1 or more innner pages.
When your pages still rank, when the page is still cached, when you do a snippet search and the page shows up... it means it's not penalized. This is not a reflection of anything happening with the algo. Just like with the white bar incident a few weeks ago, this is strictly a toolbar glitch.
>>>I think some of the factors that I've mentioned have something to do with it...
I'm very certain that none of those factors have anything to do with it simply because it's not an algo thing, it's a toolbar glitch.
Adding content, changing your links or file names etc. won't help because those actions relate to the algo and it's established that this is not an algo issue. There is nothing to fix on your end. It's on Google's end. Nothing to do but wait for the next update or for Google to fix the glitch.
I'm happy to ask some of my colleagues to check into the issues that have been raised here.
In the meantime, though, I'd like to assure you that any negative shifts you see in tb PR are not likely to signal either very-recent or impending problems with your site. We update the tb PR semi-regularly, but not on a basis in which you'd want to use it for real-time forecasting and analysis ;)
In other words, this isn't the way we communicate that your site is violating our guidelines (unlike our Webmaster Tools, where Webmasters of penalized sites can often find a warning/status message).
And another recent post [webmasterworld.com] of Adam Lasnik which mightbe also of great relevance:
If you've seen your PR adjusted to a non-zero number OR you've lost significant traffic, this thread does not really apply to you.
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; while admittedly alarming at first site, it's nothing to worry about. The tail does not wag the dog in these circumstances :)
With that said, I'll be chatting with some colleagues again today to hash out what might be occurring, and I'll report back here with any news.
Have a good week everyone.
There's been a drastic change in proportion of the number of pages that are primary or supplemental on the affected sites, and I suspect there's a connection.