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Google Page Rank Update November 2007

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7:17 pm on Oct 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I see PR changes for my 5-6 sites. Some went down some went up.

Check on these datacentres.

72.14.217.104

72.14.221.99

209.85.135.102

My blog went from 3 to 5 PR. :)

[edited by: tedster at 7:35 pm (utc) on Nov. 1, 2007]

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When I see youtubes PR back up. I will believe that the PR 9 that Apple and Yahoo are showing is almost a drop across the board and MSN at 8.

Can anyone see and 10s apart from google.com? Looks like a new standard being released.

[edited by: Interent_Yogi at 9:31 am (utc) on Oct. 28, 2007]

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> Can anyone see and 10s apart from google.com?

Adobe.

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I guess they are not in competition with google .. YET
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usa.gov is 10, too.
sounds like politics =))
10:54 am on Oct 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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"New sites still have to build up a long term link base and I have seem several old sites gain in this update."

All it takes is one link a day before the cutoff date to get PR. When someone posts their new site went from PR0 to PR3, that had to come from somewhere.

With more sites competing for the pie, PR will inevitably go down for most sites. Some that get particularly more links will go up, but ten years from now when there are 1000 times as many pages on the Internet as their are now, the toolbar will obsolete itself as most everything non-spectacular will be PR2 or below.

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not really.....the visible tbr will most likely be scaled to say represent a percentage of your relative pr..so for example the top 3% may be pr10....top 90-70% pr9..and so on down the line...it would be easier for google then to have a tool that says something to the public while being less of a tool for webmasters looking for relative changes to guage a link getting session...in wotever form that may have been....
11:38 am on Oct 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The YouTube issue may be explainable - cananonicals.

www.youtube.com - PR3
youtube.com - PR3
www.youtube.com/index - PR2
youtube.com/index - PR2

No redirects. All the same page.

But

uk.youtube.com - PR7
uk.youtube.com/index - greyed out

11:51 am on Oct 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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"so for example the top 3% may be pr10"

In which case it would be something completely different than it is now, so there isn't much point in talking about that. PR is link power now, and a trillion new links is going to lower the link power of the vast majority of pages that were in existence prior to the creation of those trillion links.

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@Interent Yogi

w3.org is still PR10

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"so for example the top 3% may be pr10"

In which case it would be something completely different than it is now, so there isn't much point in talking about that.

and yet i was commenting on your assertion of the pr2 upper limit years from now. But that situation that doesnt refer to the near future had a place but an idea of what may replace it doesnt?

It would be the same as it is now, simply projected in a visually different way. relative merits would be unchanged which is what pr is. Relative link power.

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steveb wrote

With more sites competing for the pie, PR will inevitably go down for most sites.

I've been under the impression that all pages have, regardless of any other page linking to them, some initial PR 'voting' power, which is dampened with each link forward.

That would make the pie bigger, and not inevitable lead to slide in PR for most sites.

However, if that is not the case anymore, and PR comes from, say trusted seed sites (TrustRank), that would explain the downward adjustment in many cases as internal pages would count for less than they used to.

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Hunh, interesting. Most of my home pages stayed the same, but large increases on internal pages, which is good. However on my primary site, the internal page that held the highest pagerank for years seems to have completely dropped out of the index altogether. Weird. Hope it's a glitch. Another page which seems to have been 950'd the past couple weeks jumped from a 1 to a 4. Go figure.
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I've now got the same toolbar PR for a whole slew of index.html pages, including my home page. Granted, one might have a "green gauge" ranking of 5 because it's 5.99 and the other might show 6 because it's 6.01, but the fact that pages with vastly different numbers of internal and external backlinks are showing the same toolbar PR is interesting.

Mind you, I haven't seen any evidence that toolbar PR is critical to rankings--at least for the moment. My top-ranked competitor for one major keyphrase has the #1 spot with a PR3 page, while my PR5 (formerly PR6) index page for that topic is in the same #2 position where it's been for quite a while. (It's been #1, #2, or #3 for years.)

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Yea, I'm not noticing any ranking changes at all, good bad or indifferent.
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europeforvisitors

yes this has been the case since big daddy to my eyes....visible pr is pr mixed with some other factors....index pages being one and age another...its hard to pin it down but sometimes it seems theres even the old guess work going on as it did in the old days..when you were assigned an assumed pr..for example each directory would lose 1 pr from the base page in early updates and then be corrected over time for new pages...

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Something re new site n PR that puzzled me: launched a site a few months ago; had maybe handful of inbound links, yet promptly PR 5. Now PR 4.
Not scintillating in the SERPs tho. (Heck, even beaten for one major term by a PR 2 page on a free-to-create site I made some years ago: google results for this term not real impressive, so indeed seems there's more than PR that can be improved on).
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I've been under the impression that all pages have, regardless of any other page linking to them, some initial PR 'voting' power, which is dampened with each link forward.

That's not exactly the way PR is figured - although you do have some of the elements in there. First, let's discriminate between the process of calculating PR and the actual PR that is finally "awarded" to a url.

For calculation purposes (only), every url in the link graph is awarded some starting value. This value is completely arbitrary, because PR calculation is "iterative" - that is, the calculation goes through repeated cycles, around and around the link graph, changing every url's PageRank until the PR values stop changing at any significant level. For instance, a new full cyle through the link graph is only changing values at the 11th decimal place, or whatever level is important for ranking calculations. The "damping factor" in the PR equation ensures that the calculated PR values actually will close in on a limit.

But to be in on the calculation cycle, the url must be on the link graph in the first place - no backlinks? no PR!

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launched a site a few months ago; had maybe handful of inbound links, yet promptly PR 5. Now PR 4.

I've built a few small sites for friends and have seen the same thing. Matt Cutts once mentioned on his blog that there are factors in Google's total algo intended to help "mom and pop" sites - so that they aren't comletely buried by those with big money and large numbers of pages that a small mom-and-pop could never approach. I've always assumed that artifically high PR was at least part of that attmpt.

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But does the PR matter? No, forget it! If you are number 1 in the SERPS, you have achieved your goal even if PR is 1. If you are number 100 in the SERPS with a PR of 8, you have failed. End of story as far as I can see. PR is a total red herring.

It may of some technical interest why PR does not correspond to SERPS results, but it's all theoretical. I'm concentrating on my places in the SERPS at the total exclusion of PR. After all, all Joe Public understands is the SERPS; PR is a total mystery to the average search engine user. And quite rightly so.

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It may of some technical interest why PR does not correspond to SERPS results, but it's all theoretical.

Well, it isn't theoretical to the people who sell or buy links based on PageRank. :-)

For those of us who aren't into link selling or buying, the recent PR changes are intriguing or, in some cases, worrisome because of what they might imply about future rankings. (Disclaimer: Note the weasel word "might," which could just as easily be "might not" or "don't.")

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Its a mysterous to me as well, I can't understand how a site that has hijacked thousands and thousands of results is carrying a pr6 and many of there hijacked pages of other peoples content carrying pr4-5
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I've seen a few changes, although most pages remain the same PR as before.

However, I'm surprised (kind of) to see that a lot of the pages that are listed as not yet receiving Page Rank are still without page rank. This includes newly published pages, as well as others that were published years ago but were caught up in the -950 Penalty, but have since recovered.

I was hoping that some of these, showing as Not Yet Ranked in Webmaster Tools, would have gotten a ranking this time, as it's been quite a few months now since my site recovered from that insult.

I guess I'll wait to see what happens next round, traffic is up but still not where it was prior to when the site was hit a few years back. Despite fixing a slew of issues that weren't issues when the site was built, it would appear the amount of time to fully recover is based on the amount of time it was penalized to begin with.

So...I just have another 2-3 years to wait...

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When I investigate top rankings for highly competitive search terms, I can definitely see that PR is one factor involved in ranking - it's not the whole story by any means, but it's in there. If the search is not very competitive and/or not very frequently made, then the relationship may not be quite so obvious.

But I would definitely agree, watch rankings rather than PR. Or more to the point, watch your traffic. That's where success is made.

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"I've been under the impression that all pages have, regardless of any other page linking to them, some initial PR 'voting' power,"

No, unlinked pages are not born with PR. The only way to get PR is to get links from existing pages.

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"No, unlinked pages are not born with PR. The only way to get PR is to get links from existing pages. "

Or to hijack page as this pr update is going out of this way to reward.

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Bloody hell even seeing hijacked content getting higher pr than the original page. I was promised this update was another "florida" should be called "for florida". Its a #*$!ing disaster.
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My site lost 1 PR point site wide. I can't bother. I have never found any correlation between PR and the number of visitors my site attracts or how my users value my site. To me it's a meaningless figure.
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all my sites gained PR, one went from PR 5 to 8 the toolbar update is delayed image of what has been your PR for the last 6 months in most cases...
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Heh. My blog went from a greybar lasting 9 months to PR4.
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Interesting - we launched a new site around 5 months ago, using the same self proven site architecture to distribute internal PR that we use on other sites.

The site's have just displayed PR on the TBPR - home page has no PR , the internal pages have PR 4 / 3 and 2 right down to the deepest pages. All pages link back to the home page.

Any ideas on this, or are we just waiting for Google to complete it's routine?

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