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My client, a brick-and-mortor retailer, used to have a very poorly designed site. One of the reasons they agreed to redesign with us is our promise to improve their search engine rankings (they had literally no pages indexed in Google, so it was something we could actually guarantee). Of course, no black hat was involved -- just good design, navigation and layout.
They launched the new site late Sunday, and this morning had 10 pages indexed (out of maybe 100 total), #2 result for their company's name (where they had no results previously)... and the real shocker.... page rank 10 for the home page.
Has anyone seen or experienced this before? I certainly haven't. I'm not playing it up at all with the client because it's too ridiculously good to be true.
Comments?! I'm flabbergasted.
Definitely a glitch. If it were PR10, chances are high many of us would have known the website.
[edited by: McMohan at 4:35 am (utc) on April 8, 2008]
I'm positive it's a glitch, but how long will it last? :)
To answer netmeg, the old site, prior to the switchover Sunday, had TBPR zero (white bar).
[ETA: Their site, in some incarnation or another, has been online since 1998.]
[edited by: Cheeser at 3:13 pm (utc) on April 8, 2008]
What I'm still confused about is why it didn't show up until they switched to the new site. Still, I'll be extremely pissed if it comes back to bite them... because, as their current provider, it'll be up to us to fix it.
some previous design of the site did the 'nasty fake redirect to Google.com' trick to get PR 10... I'll be extremely pissed if it comes back to bite them
I'm glad that Miamacs spotted that one for you. I doubt that it will cause a problem with Google. It didn't affect search results at all - and any way, you removed it.