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PR update followed by increased Google traffic

     
7:11 am on Jul 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

Every since PR update in which one of my website went from N/A PR to 4 is receiving double the amount of traffic from Google.
Previously it was getting around 40-50 users per day and now since July 28 when PR was updated the traffic has gone to 100-120 users per day!

Anybody else noticed it?

And this brings us to statement which every body says that "PR has no effect on traffic from SE or SERPs" but I am seeing the opposite!

7:45 am on July 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have seen this also, It depends also on the competition of the keywords you are targeting. some pages without pagerank can rank well or not depending on the competition of that phrase.
8:19 am on July 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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A PR update is only a roll-out of data to the toolbar - it's not connected to the ranking algorithm. Your actual PR is being re-calculated continually. If you see traffic or ranking changes right after the toolbar PR update, that's just a coincidence in timing. You didn't really "just get" higher PR - it's been there for a while, already working for you.
8:24 am on July 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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yes tedster is right, PR gets updated continually, its only that the PR bar on Google toolbar is painted once in 3 months (generally). :D

So i dont see its direct effect on the increase traffic...!

8:55 am on July 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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and other sites that lost pr also had an increase in traffic.
9:09 am on July 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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it usually happens when more of your site's pages get indexed.
12:48 pm on July 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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A couple of years ago, I deleted the content of some subdomains, moving the content to folders on the main site, and setting up appropriate 301s.

A few months ago, I deleted the subdomains entirely; this time, each of the 'folder indexes' has gone up one PR point. The domain's PR is unchanged.

Is it conceivable that 301s are entered into the PR calculations?

I should add that this is an entirely stable site, with gently evolving content, and very stable readership. I've made no other significant changes, nor done any link hunting.

Note for the PR fetishists: ;)
I neither received - nor would have expected - any noticeable change in referrals over the past few months. This is an entirely academic issue!

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Is it conceivable that 301s are entered into the PR calculations?

They are, in most cases. 301 redirects will usually pass on most of the link juice values (PR, anchor test, etc) - but only after they pass some trust checks. However, a chain of redirects eventually stops passing on any value at all.

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yeah PR putting redirection 301 on a page passes all the things whether good or bad, if it has some good credit or PR that wud b passed, but if it has a bad credit in search engines, even that wud b passed on to the redirected page..

cuz redirection in layman terms shows that the previous page or content is available at this(redirected) new location...!

also all the back links wud b passed,, thought this do not happens instantly after putting the 301 redirection,, it takes time,, and yeah sometimes the credit check is also done. :)