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WMT: "page with the highest page rank" - is this accurate?



2:51 am on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I've got a news article on my site (one of many many news articles) which apparently according to google webmaster tools, was the "page with the highest pagerank" on my site in November.

The internal navigation and site structure are pretty good, and this page doesn't seem to have any pagerank now, and would otherwise only have a pagerank of "a few under my homepage"... It's a few levels underneath our homepage to say the least. It has only one decent external link into it, whereas the homepage has hundreds if not more.

I wonder if this is a mistake by Google, or if there is something going on that I should be addressing or getting concerned about. Has anyone else seen anything like this?


5:03 am on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I think this information is nonsense ... I have a PR7 and it shows low PR ... this makes no sense.


12:31 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Is this the general concensus - or do people see any value in this at all?


2:12 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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This happened to my site a year or so ago. I couldn't figure it out. One high powered site linked to an internal page on my site, and that was apparently enough to make that page the one with the highest rank. The only other links going to that page were internal links, and only about 4 or 5 of them.

I was experiencing other problems with this site at the time, (-950 penalty, lots of supplemental pages), so I figured the issues were all somehow related.

After about 3 months, WMT indicated my home page was the top ranked again. The site also came out of the -950 penalty as well, so I still don't know if the two were related or not.

I don't know if this will be of any help to you or not, but it's possible this could be an indication of other issues with your site, or possibly when a high ranking trusted site links to you, it shocks the Google algorhythm for a few weeks, and it takes time for things to settle down again.

No problems since on my site, other than my traffic is still just at 81% of its peak prior to all the problems.


2:14 pm on Jan 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

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also seeing a page shown at WMT as page with highest pagerank that just couldn't possibly be correct. A deep page within the site without external inbounds showing as highest rather than the homepage for November. October was showing the homepage as highest, and "Data not available at this time" for December.

There are some potential issues that have reduced the number of pages in the index dramatically during the time period, and we have made adjustments to hopefully fix this. Not a 950 penalty, as pages that are in the index are ranking fine.

Wondering how this "page with the highest pagerank" issue might be related to the indexing issues.


3:08 pm on Jan 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Interesting that other people are experiencing this. I'm pretty sure that I don't have any penalties and the number of pages in the index hasn't dropped. All in all - it looks like there are no other / related effects. That doesn't explain the phenomenon though..

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