Lucky Webmaster Buys PageRank 10 Site

Apr 9, 2008 • 8:09 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

I have been tracking a thread at WebmasterWorld where this webmaster is shocked to learn that the site he just acquired now has a PageRank score of 10. Before buying the site, it had no PageRank score at all but soon after, it jumped up to a 10 out of 10!

Lucky Webmaster!

Well, not really. My first impression was that someone was spoofing the PageRank, which it turned out to be. So, someone was showing's PageRank value when you visited the site. There are many tools that check a site's true PageRank, so it is best to go with one of those tools in these cases.

The webmaster confirmed the issue and expressed his confusion:

OK, thanks very much to Miamacs here on WebmasterWorld for catching that some previous design of the site did the 'nasty fake redirect to' trick to get PR 10.

What I'm still confused about is why it didn't show up until they switched to the new site. Still, I'll be extremely pissed if it comes back to bite them... because, as their current provider, it'll be up to us to fix it.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Jaan Kanellis

04/09/2008 12:37 pm

PR 1 or PR 10, who cares if the website doesnt have traffic and rankings?

Barrie Adams

04/09/2008 12:44 pm

I still use Page Rank as a guide to a websites health and history, generally it works to filter out the good from the bad, however thats about as deep as its gets for me, its nice to have high PR sites though, good for marketing to show your high PR even if it means nothing to most webmasters.

Andrew the Giant

04/09/2008 12:44 pm

I care because the algorithm uses inbound linking to determine ranking. Higher PR will help you get a higher ranking and a higher ranking will help you get more clicks.


04/09/2008 01:29 pm

Andrew the Giant, where have you been? PR means nothing of the sort these days. Only a couple of months back many sites went to PR0 but their search rankings and traffic either remained the same or improved. PR means nothing these days. The sooner Google is rid of it the better.

Family First

06/07/2013 06:32 pm

Now, I think Facebook and Youtube is pr 10 too.

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