Google Toolbar PageRank Works But Not On 3rd Party Tools

Oct 6, 2011 • 8:41 am | comments (31) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Google PageRankThere are tons of complaints in the forums that the Google PageRank went missing in action and is no longer working.

The issue is not with Toolbar PageRank, but rather how 3rd party tools lookup the PR values. Google did make a change, they changed the lookup URL for the PageRank value.

There are dozens of complaints at DigitalPoint Forums, WebmasterWorld and Google Webmaster Help.

The issue, as explained well by David Naylor is that they changed the lookup URL.



So if you really want to check your toolbar PageRank, use Internet Explorer and it should work.

For the rest of us, back to work.

Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums, WebmasterWorld and Google Webmaster Help.

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10/06/2011 12:49 pm

There's a little more to it than [URLHERE] because the ch parameter must be calculated for each URL. If you have existing code that works though, just changing the path from /search to /tbr is all you need to do to fix it. The change occurred at 3:45am BST today.

Önder 'Vincent' Koç

10/06/2011 12:56 pm We also reported this the same time arround David Naylor, seems though PR is there but is hitting n/a


10/06/2011 04:10 pm

I can't get it to work... no page rank for me :-(


10/06/2011 05:15 pm

This explains a lot. I wondered why I was having issues while writing my page rank article today

SEO Expert In Uk

10/06/2011 08:07 pm

I have some serious issues because I just put together my two tools which show up the page rank. Now they show nothing so I am stuck on how to fix it in the code from the back end perhaps someone will be able to enlighten me or something as I have two useless scripts right now...

Amassine Omar

10/07/2011 12:10 am

thank you for this update


10/07/2011 12:15 am

Works for me, thank you!!!

En Noticias

10/07/2011 12:17 am

Thank  for

Graham Ginsberg

10/07/2011 01:23 am [NAME]=Google pagerank[TITLE]=PR[URL_R]={gchecksum}&features=Rank&q=info:{url|encode}[REGEXP]=Rank_.*?:.*?:(\d+)

James Junior

10/07/2011 02:24 am

I used the new URL in the example below to fix the Firefox Webrank Toolbar at

Green Tea Wonders

10/07/2011 06:05 am

This is a big relief! It worked fine for me. Thank you.


10/07/2011 06:15 am

No, Pagerank is not dead, it's just changed URL (in french : Non le Pagerank n'est pas mort, c'est juste qu'il a changé un peu de syntaxe) You also can see your pagerank site on :


10/07/2011 10:22 am

new url works for me. thanks for sharing. 


10/07/2011 05:23 pm

Thanks for this post. I've updated the new URL. If you need free non-OCR PR checker server with PR  icon generation:

Hasan Agh96

10/07/2011 09:03 pm

it worked here thx a bunch


10/08/2011 03:47 am

I tried the new url and it worked!

Essex Boy

10/08/2011 08:22 am

So does this mean all plugin / addons need updating too before it works? I use a Chrome plugin, noticed that was not working anymore.


10/10/2011 01:33 am

Let's just hope that the 'tbr' in the new URL "" doesn't stand for "to be removed"... with toolbar PR to be gone soon?


10/11/2011 01:21 pm

Another challenge and back to the drawing board.

Essex Boy

10/11/2011 02:43 pm

Well, PageRank Status (Chrome plugin) is working again. I did not update it, so I guess something changed again?


10/11/2011 04:48 pm

It lok likes "tbr?client=navclient-auto&features..." do not work anymore.

Anand Meena

10/12/2011 10:10 am

Thanks for updating me, it is working for me.

Cindy Cloughly

10/14/2011 01:12 am

I'm on Firefox, and Pagerank isn't working on my GOOGLE toolbar.  What gives???

Essex Boy

10/14/2011 01:28 am

SEOBook's Toolbar PR works. Give that a whirl?


10/17/2011 11:56 pm

You'll also need to update your code on your websites. Updated code can be found here:


10/29/2011 05:30 pm

Google probably done it becuase they were getting to many automated 3rd partys looking up page rank they dont seem to like third party people with page rank atall

Douglas W. Palme

03/05/2012 10:16 am

Why would I want to use an inferior, virus susceptible browser just to do a page rank lookup, especially when page rank no longer holds the value it once did.  With Pandora, PR is not considered that important of a factor and even Google says to ignore it.

Vic Corner

07/08/2013 09:08 pm

We also making PR reports

Du Lich Campuchia

10/02/2013 04:24 pm

Please ask me why my website down up from 3 to N/A. I don't Known Why


11/11/2013 03:53 pm

still working page rank checker


01/16/2014 08:25 am

Hi, The both url is not working, Because hash key has to change every time. Now you can check your agerank detail quickly without any captcha from

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