June 2009 Google PageRank Update: Kind Of Early

Jun 24, 2009 • 8:20 am | comments (21) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

There are hundreds of reports across the web about a Google PageRank update. Most of you know, I am not a fan of the PageRank score displayed in the Google Toolbar, but I report it anyway, because I report what SEOs care about, which I determine by looking at threads in the forums.

What is interesting about this PageRank update is that it comes less than a month from the last PageRank update. The May 2009 PageRank update took place on May 27th/28th. This one started last night on June 23rd.

Normally, toolbar PageRank updates happen about every three months. So to see a widespread update like this just a month later, is interesting. Outside of that, I don't have much more to add.

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06/24/2009 12:44 pm

Would it be paranoid to think it was around this whole "nofollow" is not allowed then partly allowed issue brought up at SMX Advanced?

Barry Schwartz

06/24/2009 01:17 pm

Yea, cause as Matt said, this nofollow change happened several months ago.


06/24/2009 01:37 pm

Since the last Toolbar PR update we have seen it regularly updated, not just with this monthly burst as you report - Google seems to have decided to keep it much more up to date. In my view this makes the Toolbar PR more useful, as one of the main criticisms levelled against it was its infrequent updates.

Jim Gaudet

06/24/2009 06:49 pm

Maybe this is part of the "speeding up the web" deal Google is doing now. I would like to see updates more, if only to see if I am being penalized for anything..


06/24/2009 10:52 pm

lovin it, +1 a month ago, +1 today


06/25/2009 07:14 am

I agree with Jaamit - it's nice to see the toolbar being updated more frequently. From my view Google appears to be doing a lot of strange things since the first of the year. I'm not sure about the nofollow issue because to tell you the truth I've not seen much of an effect one way or the other with the attribute. A little over blown IMHO.


06/25/2009 10:32 am

jaamit is probably correct they seem to have decided to update more frequently, perhaps even due to people wanting the toolbar to be fresher. and personally I'm glad to see them updating more frequently, though nothing has changed for my site.

Doug Heil

06/25/2009 12:51 pm

Hi Barry; You say you don't look at the PR toolbar, which is a good thing, but then you say you report what forums are talking about. We understand what forums you look at, so it's understandable why you think this pagerank toolbar crap is something the industry cares about. Why not try to teach about why it is NOT important instead of spreading the crap like these other forums do daily? I have not cared about the PR toolbar in years and don't even have the darn thing loaded. Why this industry keeps spreading bad information is beyond my comprehension. ya; so I said it. sure did. someone has to.

Barry Schwartz

06/25/2009 01:21 pm

Doug, I did several times here. Here is just one of those posts http://www.seroundtable.com/archives/007336.html


06/25/2009 02:28 pm

I have to disagree with a lot of SEOs who think Toolbar PR is a load of crap and 'for entertainment purposes only'. For a start, the whole 'entertainment purposes only' comment from a Googler was justified by the fact that it's only updated every few months: http://www.seroundtable.com/archives/001214.html. Well now that reason has gone, or at least diminished. To my mind the Toolbar PR is useful AS LONG AS you don't make it more important than it is. As long as you bear in mind that (a) it's only an approximation of the real PR score that only Google knows; (b) PR is only a measure of relative IMPORTANCE based on quality/quantity of inbound links and far from the only factor in calculating rankings - it doesnt say anything about RELEVANCE, and (increasingly important) TRUST. Finally Toolbar PR is Google's way of communicating penalties and 'slaps on the wrist' to webmasters - a sudden PR drop and you know you've been caught. So Toolbar PR still tells you something and is useful if you dont misunderstand it. To wish it didn't exist or ignore it completely is a bit silly, IMO.

No Name

06/26/2009 04:08 am

It sure would be interesting if the updates happened every month.

Doug Heil

06/26/2009 01:33 pm

Jaamit; In one word.... nope.

John in Faro

06/28/2009 06:47 pm

I would appreciate monthly PR updates as it would be easier to work out whaich changes were having a positive or negative impact


07/01/2009 12:16 am

Why PageRank is given on the blog that never updates? I still blog PageRank 1, while creating a new blog even directly PageRank 3.


07/01/2009 12:19 am

When actual schedule update Google PageRank? to find out where it?


07/02/2009 07:07 am

is the latest page rank update happnd in India also? m not able to see any changes on my websites :(


07/06/2009 07:24 am

I'm satisfy with Jaamit, google decided to keep the web more updated.


07/08/2009 03:07 am

When is the july 09 supposed to happen. Does google give PR to new sites?


07/10/2009 11:30 pm

I just noticed today, July 10, that my PR has changed.


08/01/2009 09:05 am

Yes, it is very good, from may and june, pagerank may be update frequently. But till now, we have not found any evidence to show whether google would update PR in July.


09/26/2009 07:07 am

Hello, We have developed so many sites and now we are waiting for google page rank update. Hope we will get a good page ranks to all our websites. Do you have any idea when google will update the page rank of sites ? Thanks, Best Regards, Rohit

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