Does Google Conduct Minor Toolbar PageRank Updates Between Major Updates?

Jun 26, 2008 • 7:43 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

A WebmasterWorld thread asks a question most people who participate in search forums ask themselves. Does Google, on occasion, update the toolbar PageRank score of a particular web site between the major and mass toolbar PageRank updates we report?

Why do we ask this question? Well, if you visit enough forums, you are bound to see a thread or five with the title, "PageRank Update." These threads are fairly noticeable at DigitalPoint Forums but they are found at many other forums on a fairly recent basis.

Real Webmasters are noticing updates to their PageRank scores in the Google Toolbar. This happens all the time, and then they jump to the forums to be the first to announce the next PageRank update. But then you see a mass response of replies saying, "no PR update here."

So is it possible that what that Webmaster noticed was a true toolbar PageRank update for his site? Maybe. There are a few possibilities, the most likely is that he or she is hitting a different data center with different PageRank scores. But I would not rule it out that Google does push minor PageRank scores to the toolbar between major updates.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Rob Abdul

07/01/2008 09:20 pm

I say, it would be nice to see more of the green bar on my site.


07/05/2008 03:00 pm

This post just answered my question. I opened my browser today and noticed that my page had a PR6. I was really happy. My site had a PR4 until October, I guess, then it went down to 0. So when I saw that magic number 6 I thought that Google was updating. Well, too bad. Not this time. Thanks for the info :)


06/18/2010 04:23 am

It is clear and apparent that minor pagerank updates occur. It is also clear that even when Google does major Page Rank updates, they seem to cycle websites, meaning if my Page Rank was updated at the last full update, my PR will not usually be updated again for until the second full PR update.

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