If a page isn't ranking where you expect, and you deliberately don't look at the toolbar, then you are self-destructively wasting your time.
That's absolutely funny.
I'm self-destructively wasting my time by not looking at something that only tells me a 3 to 6 month out of date, rounded, estimated number to try and figure out why a page isn't ranking where it should... LMAO. That's totally funny.
I'll start looking at it real closely from now on, because it will definitely give me a clue as to why my page that ranked yesterday doesn't rank today, right?
It's only updated once every 3 months and even then it's estimated and prior to 'now' or 'today' by the time we see it... Come on, please...
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Actually, in thinking about it you're right...
I would not 'waste' anywhere near as much of my time working if I told clients and prospective clients they were going to have to wait for the next PageRank update for me to be able to see why their page isn't ranking where it should any more.
I can hear the conversation:
Prospective Client: "Hey our page dropped down in the rankings, can you help us out?"
Me: "Sure, wait until July and I'll know if your ToolBar PageRank dropped or not, then I'll know what to do. I would do something now, but it's really a waste of my time before PR is updated again because I need to know what it is and if it changed before I can help you out effectively and efficiently... BTW: It's $250 for the consultation... Your invoice is on the way."
LOL. Thanks for the laugh steveb.
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Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings.
Don't participate in link schemes designed to increase your site's ranking or PageRank.
Isn't deciding where to link based on the TBFR of a page doing at least one of the preceding?
Isn't the easiest way to eliminate it to remove TBFR from displaying?
People don't link where they normally would because if the page does not meet their 'threshold' for PageRank they don't link to it, which seems to be a 'trick' to improve their search engine rankings...
Isn't it? If there's not another reason to not link to a page, except the PR why wouldn't people link to it, except as an attempt to improve their search engine rankings?
IMO if Google really cared about which pages were the most important they would not tell us which pages are most important, the same as your boss would not tell you the answer or what they thought before you answered if they wanted your true opinion without 'brown nosing' being a possibility...
IMO the reality is Google is more set on the data they get from the TBFR display than anything else, because, again IMO, if they were really concerned with the pages we, the Webmasters, SEOs, Site Builders thought were the most important they wouldn't show us anything to determine which pages they perceive as the most important except the rankings and they would let the linking on the web happen completely naturally without the any influence based on their perceived importance of a page being able to be a factor in the decision we all have to make on whether to link to a specific page or not.
IMO they're definitely smart enough to have thought of all the arguments I can make against it, and have no issue with impacting the way the web is linked, even to the detriment of being able to rank the most important content first, because they're really more concerned with the data they gain from the ToolBar with FR visible than keeping the web linked naturally and without their influence.
IOW: IMO, you can only see the TBFR because they want the information they get from you based on the 'extra agreement', not because they think showing it is a benefit to you or the web itself. It's all about the data collection...