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Internal linking issue? No PageRank sent to other pages.

10:42 am on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi there,

I've been analyzing a website and trying to work out why although the homepage has a PR of 4, every other page has a PR of n/a.

The site is written in asp.net

Here's what I've been thinking might be the problem:

Almost all internal links point to urls such as "../someword"
This is NOT pointing to a folder called someword, it appears to be the CMS performing a URL re-write. All of these pages have a PR of n/a.

The only pages that have a PR of 0 (not of n/a) are the contact us/about us pages linked from the homepage. These links point directly to the pages themselves without any rewrite going on.

So it seems as if the URL rewrite is screwing the PR system up. Is this what's happening? or could it be something else?

How would I go about fixing the problem so that the homepage passes on PR to the pages it links to?

Thanks for reading this, and thanks in advance for any help!

Kind regards,
Henry Carless.

[edited by: tedster at 3:08 pm (utc) on Nov. 19, 2007]
[edit reason] Removed specifics [/edit]

4:22 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing this same kind of thing for many sites right now - and I do mean MANY! My hunch is that toolbar PageRank reports are even more buggy than usual. I just blew my mind looking at internal PR reports for a PR8 domain and seeing the same kind of thing. So I checked a few other domains I'm familiar with and it looks a lot like this.

Just make sure the links are spiderable and the linking architecture is on the money - and turn off the PR checker. That's what I think.

[edited by: tedster at 8:19 pm (utc) on Nov. 19, 2007]

8:10 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I can vouch for the PR reporting being a bit glitchy currently. There are several internal URLs and IPs at my workplace that have pageranks now, one of which is suddenly PR 4.
12:16 am on Dec 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I don't know about it being just a toolbar PR glitch. My site's url rewrite feature does the same thing, for example:

Home page:
mysite.com/ vs. mysite.com/index.html
mysite.com/photos/category/ vs. mysite.com/photos/category.html
mysite.com/photos/category/pagetitle/ vs. mysite.com/photos/category/pagetitle.html

Internal PR has never been passed down to pages the way it should be. I see many sites with lower PR where each page has PR, and they use the .html file extension. I don't see any problems with my site architecture, nor does Xenu report any broken links. My home page is a PR5, and my 2nd level category pages have a PR of 3-4. Has anyone else had experience with changing urls from one type to the other and seeing better PR circulation?


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