Google Slowly Dropping PageRank From The Toolbar?

Nov 4, 2008 • 7:56 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

A WebmasterWorld thread has discussion around how Google seems to not be promoting the PageRank indicator on the latest version of their toolbar.

In fact, no longer is Google showing the PageRank score in the marketing image used on the Toolbar page. Plus, it seems like Google is making it harder for users to turn on the PageRank indicator within the toolbar itself.

Google Toolbar, No PageRank

Does this surprise anyone? Well, we know a few things. We know Matt Cutts of Google, a very influential person at Google, has wanted Google to remove PageRank from the toolbar for a while now. We know Adam Lasnik of Google followed up on that, and asked for feedback on removing PageRank from the toolbar. We also know, many SEOs want the toolbar PageRank to go away. So it comes to no surprise that Google is slowly 'hiding' it from the average user.

The WebmasterWorld cites legal issues with having the PageRank score in the toolbar. I won't get into that point.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Andy Beard

11/04/2008 02:18 pm

They still haven't changed this wording "Wondering whether a new website is worth your time? Use the Toolbar's PageRank™ display to tell you how Google assesses the importance of the page you're viewing." As we know that TBPR can be manually fudged, notably this esteemed site, and that Google has a high regard for this site based upon search engine rankings, the description of what the TBPR indicator shows is false and has been that way for just over a year.

Marius Mailat

11/04/2008 02:41 pm

Just checked and seems you are wrong. The only difference is that you have an option at install which says: "Enable Google PageRank". In the toolbar you still have the option to "enable google pagerank" (really big button). An d this is in the last version of toolbar. So a false positive :))

No Name

11/04/2008 04:55 pm

It's easy to tell they are going that way. Google Chrome doesn't have a PR indicator

James Poole

11/04/2008 08:40 pm

I think people are starting to realise more and more than the toolbar PR means pretty much nothing, the only thing it seems to be useful for is DP members selling links

Vijay Kumar

11/06/2008 04:34 am

Yes, even Chrome from Google doesn't have a PR indicator


01/16/2010 05:28 am

how can we rate a website now,without pagerank.

No Name

06/15/2010 06:28 am

Yes i agree with the view of tvn, how can we rate or rank a website.and also how can we analyze

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