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9:20 pm on Jul 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have just noticed that one of internal pages which has gained PR in the PR update of 24th of June has lost PR. So I went to check and run <a tool that I use> against internal links on the home page and compared this with the same data I have taken on 24th of July.

Well, there have been some changes again. Not as many as in the June 24th update, but I have seen changes on a few sites I am watching.

The interesting thing is that this time all PR changes I am seeing are for a page jumping from a gray bar --> some PR or from some PR --> gray bar, whereas in June there were also changes where a page would go from some PR to a different PR.

So, according to the data I have, there have been at least 5 PR changes since beginning of May, and the dates I have are:

8th May, 19th May, 28th May, 24th June, 2nd July

There could have been other changes in PR in between that I have not spotted.

[edited by: tedster at 9:33 pm (utc) on July 2, 2009]

9:35 pm on July 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I've been seeing the same thing with gray bar PageRank flickering in and out. I think that process is independent of the process that changes one actual number to another.

[edited by: tedster at 2:54 am (utc) on July 3, 2009]

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Google is killing me!
But I hope/think this is a temporary rollback update and another one is coming.
Seriously, they either should stop this PR export to TB or just discontinue their TB at all. With their current games or whatever they are doing they bother webmasters and not being of any use to users.
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Note this July 2nd post [google.com] from JohnMu in the Google Webmaster Help forums:

As far as I can tell, it looks like the change in Toolbar PageRank for your site is only due to some technical quirk and not something that you need to worry about.

Thanks to SERoundtable [seroundtable.com] for spotting it!

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Thanks for the head up.

I was about to comment earlier on some thread here regarding the gray-barred disease when you mentioned that Google seems to have some "mysterious formula". To me, it looks like PR/TB is too buggy to be released for public. No conspiracy theories, no vague theories, no mysterious formula, nothing but a buggy behavior.

Since when they do export PR data to TB three times in one month (according to the OP, five times!) when in the old days it used to be typically every three months and then recently every three months followed by another "fix" update. It's getting from worse to worst.

It looks like after PR being replaced by site trust or domain authority, a lot of TB bugs, the recent "michael jackson" search issue, WMT weird data and many other issues, they are begging for Bing to take the lead of the market share in 2010.

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Huh, I got TBPR on a page which I created 2 weeks ago.
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Yet another report of a PR update has come in - let's take the discussion over to that thread:

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