Google Toolbar PageRank Update? Probably a Fluke

Sep 16, 2008 • 8:13 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

I cannot tell you how many times we see threads that are either reporting or questioning if there is a Google PageRank update. We try to document all "real" toolbar PageRank updates here, but often, very often, there are smaller updates or not updates at all, of the PageRank bar, reported in the forums.

I figured I highlight one such thread, because Google's JohnMu adds some insight into why people might see a PageRank 0 or update before its time.

A Google Groups thread has one member worried that his PageRank dropped from a 4 to a 0. John, from Google came in to ease this webmaster's concern. He said:

Keeping in mind that we only update PageRank for the Toolbar a few times a year, it might be that there was just some "fluke" with regards to your site right when we updated it. For example, it could be that at that moment, the www- or non-www version was more relevant, now that other version is. At any rate, I don't think you need to worry too much about that :). Two things that you could do are setting a preferred domain name in Webmaster Tools if you haven't done so already and setting up a canonical redirect to that preferred version.

In summary:

  • Toolbar PageRank is updated every few months
  • Other updates are likely flukes due to canonical issues or issues contacting Google's servers.

Forum discussion at Google Groups.

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09/29/2008 05:14 pm

I can confirm that Google did in fact update the tool bar PR ast of Sept. 28th 2008!! Man to think I just launched my website, back in the middle of July 2008. I remember reading about the PR updates that were taking place at the end of the July, that's when I was thinking to myself, man 3-6 months before the next update. But when I check my Alexa stat this evening I noticed something else. I just now finally had an update to my PR, From PR0 to PR3! It's a simple website based on CSS and XHTML validated web projects I have in my portfolio, non the less, I am very happy about this update to my first ever SEO efforts in web. I'd love to see examples and reports on how your current SEO efforts are going and possible results from from the latest Google PR update, please share your updates with us? Thanks, Curtis


05/13/2009 11:42 pm

Google Toolbar Pagerank must be a joke... apparently my modem config page has PR3?!?!?!? lol

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