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4:53 pm on May 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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hello,

I have a PR 9 in my profile page.
What if I link some sites from here?

8:27 pm on May 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi specter,

I think you're seeing what I would call "inherited" toolbar PageRank. Sub-pages of sites often see this effect - they "inherit" the toolbar value from a higher-level page, instead of being based on a calculation of that URL's actual value.

I don't think it's any indication of how much value your profile page is likely to pass to pages it links to. But then, this is broadly true of all toolbar PR data, IMO.

Still, you could always test it yourself by linking to something using desirable keywords and seeing whether you get PR9-style link strength. Uninitiated link builders might give you a fair price too ;)

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Coincidentally, I see that both my Facebook home and profile pages are PR9 too. Maybe we should all exchange links. ;)

Actually, I see that it depends on what toolbar I'm using and what route I've taken to get to the page in question. With one route in, the Google Toolbar gives me a PR9 on my FB home page and a grey bar on my profile page.

But if I navigate around a bit, the Google Toolbar in IE shows a grey bar on both my home and profile pages, whereas at least one toolbar in Firefox continues to show PR9 on both pages.

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 5:15 am (utc) on May 7, 2009]

4:06 pm on May 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Kind of an interesting question. Twitter profile pages seem to carry their own (not inherited) PR. I checked a few celebrities. A popular TV personality has a mere PR3 profile despite a high six-figure follower group, while a celebrity blogger has a PR7 profile. Perhaps it's no coincidence that the celebrity and blogger both have PR7 sites, but the blogger has a home page link to his Twitter profile. I'm sure that the blogger, who has been on Twitter for a much longer time, also has many more third party links to his profile from other blogs, etc.

The linkage opportunity is quite limited, though, with the current profile page design.

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I don't agree at all with "inherit" thesis.
To me, facebook home page gets a lower PR.
It gets PR 8, while profile page gets PR 9.
I would not really link many sites, but only my own blog if this could help.
Anyway it's a weird issue: my profile page is pretty new, and I have no friends. So,there is no reason to get high PR.
There would be another explaination, but I miss it...
3:00 am on May 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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As Robert pointed out, it changes on how I got there. I went to my page, had a PR9, checked the cache page, only to be shown a mobile login screen for Facebook, hit the back button, and now it's gray.

err i mean, "selling a link from a PR9 page for only $50 a month!" heeh, any takers? j/k

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So,there is no reason to get high PR.

The point is that it doesn't have high PR - it is simply based on a connection with high PR pages on the same site, that the toolbar misinterprets - hence my use of the word "inherit". It hasn't actually "inherited" anything - just an issue with the way the toolbar green bar works (and there is no connection with behind the scnes PR - which is about the real link value of a page).

It's a similar effect to the various methods of "faking" toolbar PR for a given URL that have worked over time. The toolbar is at best indicative and at worst totally inaccurate.

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Most of the times this can be seen in Firefox as it updates the TBPR after the page is downloaded on the browser and sometimes does not refreshes (probably long time taken to page download) and continues with the PR of the previous page.

However, I have never seen such an issue with IE where the TBPR is queried before page is downloaded.

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so, it's just a toolbar bug...

...and what does it mean grey bar (when shown)?

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no PR,
or no toolbar PR,
or another bug.
9:42 pm on May 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It's not just a "?" URL, it's a "#" URL.

It doesn't mean anything. It's the PR for [facebook.com...]

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?...
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As in...

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=12....34&ref=profile

See...

URL's with pound signs (the hash mark #)
[webmasterworld.com...]