Cutts: Google PageRank Update Coming Soon

May 26, 2011 • 8:37 am | comments (72) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Google PageRankDuring the live Q&A with Matt yesterday, one of the questions bound to come up is when is Google updating Toolbar PageRank.

The last Toolbar PageRank update was in January and it has now been 5 months with no PageRank update.

Matt actually answered the question saying expect a PageRank update in the Toolbar really soon. He said likely within days or weeks.

I was a bit sad to hear this, I was hoping Google would continue to downplay PageRank going forward.

In any event, we get this question here at least a few times a day - so I figured I'd just cover it.

Forum discussion at Search Engine Roundtable Forums.

Update: Late June 2011 Google has updated PageRank. Details over here.

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05/26/2011 12:44 pm

PageRank has outlived it's usefulness absent a massive overhaul. Who really uses PageRank for anything, other than SEO types? By those standards Google ought to consider such a public failure and shutter PageRank, I think or alternatively create other ranking data views to help website owners determine rank and some reasoning for such.


05/26/2011 01:25 pm

Barry along with a Panda update is my guess. G has been scanning all the web this week, really old pages. 

Gavin Smith

05/26/2011 03:59 pm

Pagerank was also updated at the start of April. I have 4 sites that I started in February, that were all positively affected around the 13th April.


05/27/2011 05:25 am

Google should remove the page rank system ! Page rank system is over rated. Blogs with low traffic with high pagerank gets more guest posts than blogs with high traffic and low pagerank. This is clearly a discrimination !


05/27/2011 06:18 am

The PageRank update in the Toolbar really soon. He said likely within days or weeks it can be continuing to downplay page rank which is forward. social bookmarking


05/27/2011 11:26 am

Hello, Please let me know how i can increase my PR, current PR is 0/10


05/27/2011 11:40 am

Diappointing to hear Google are not continuing to downplay the toolbar PR - our clients and potential client still don't see the benefit of contextual them based linking they just wan to be on high PR sites and directories!


05/27/2011 03:05 pm

I have a page rank of 2 at the moment for my site I am hoping that goes up some when Google updates the rankings.


05/27/2011 03:26 pm

I'm disappointed as well. We continue to advise our subscriber base to view PageRank from a "novelty" standpoint only. We then share with them the list of PageRank 0 sites that rank at the top of Google all around the Internet.

Gary Hines

05/27/2011 04:26 pm

My website it is new yet. Anything will be better then PR0 , thats why for me it is good news.After panda update my site  serp rankings changed in a good way , hope the pagerank will be the same.Thanks for infos.

Water Ionizers

05/27/2011 09:56 pm

I agree with the majority on this! Page Rank is not accurate enough in my opinion and quality sites don't get the recognition they deserve

Katherine Tea

05/27/2011 10:54 pm

Although I also agree that PageRank is meaningless... I hope my PageRank increases with this update because PageRank is the only thing some advertisers look at. :(

Jon Henshaw

05/28/2011 01:35 am

PageRank is a turing test. If you care, you failed.


05/28/2011 11:53 am

Got a pagerank of 3 for Hope for an improvement with the new google update soon...


05/28/2011 12:27 pm

My web pr 4 it will be going down...i am hoping

mold removal

05/28/2011 01:42 pm

my website already Down PR3 to PR0 Last week! i can not understand Why?

Tech Crates

05/28/2011 01:57 pm

PR is of no use now-a-days.... So not much eager about the update 


05/29/2011 12:51 am

I'm waiting for the page rank update. I have started a bunch of URLs and been working on increasing the backlinks, but they clearly aren't set up SEO or key word wise and not responding. Once their PR gets off ZERO I can on sell them for somebody else to do something use full with them. PR is just one of the ways to prove value of a URL or site. Surely if you are trying to sell advertising, showing the actual traffic is better than quoting PR or number of back links? Anyone want to buy,, or PR should go up with the next update I promise!

Nikhil Raj

05/29/2011 05:00 pm

I was researching on Google PR and I came to conclusion that it was not that really important. But after reading this post I am confused about PR. This is my blog


05/29/2011 07:29 pm

I know, PageRank is generally over rated, but when it comes to sell and buy websites, then it's all down to Traffic, Alexa rank and PageRank.


05/29/2011 08:04 pm

Page Rank is like a Yeti. We all underestimate him, but he asks for it Kazy

Josh Knobel

05/29/2011 09:21 pm

Hoping for a pagerank of higher than pr0 for my site


05/30/2011 12:00 am

Crossed finger for positive results for dLook - 


05/30/2011 02:57 am

Hoping for a pagerank of higher than pr0 for my site


05/30/2011 10:05 am

hope for gooog results for -

Internet business

05/30/2011 10:10 am

Same hare :-(


05/30/2011 11:00 am

I need more Pagerank current PR 0

video marketing

05/30/2011 11:41 am

I hope good result my all sits.


05/30/2011 01:05 pm

Good for me, My site is just 5 months old and I have fantabulous traffic, my alexa rank is 94000 today (well, AR not acurate). I have page rank "0", may be this is because of my site is launched after last Google Page rank update, hping to get atleast page rank "2" as well as Google site links :), BTW thanks for the update Barry.

Jeff Yablon

05/30/2011 04:32 pm

Always a fun discussion, especially considering that your PR helps those you link to far more than it helps you.


05/30/2011 04:45 pm

Navin i visited your site and its rally great for 5 months old site. Alexa rank is nice and you have great AR but I know that you need more visitors. Youar AR is big only becouse your few visitors per day are webmasters using A Toolbar. For PR you will need more quality backlinks.

Wrz Tunnel

05/31/2011 01:41 pm

actually he said , PR update is coming soon , it may be few days/weeks/months :| Anyways , m expecting a PR for  :)


05/31/2011 02:04 pm

I'm expecting a PR for *spamming* not


05/31/2011 02:13 pm

I think I'll get at least PR for , and :D


05/31/2011 04:18 pm

I have huge traffic and I am excepting my site to be at least PR 4 + , let's see.. good luck every one.. :)


06/01/2011 09:28 am

actually he said , PR update is coming soon , it may be few days/weeks/months :| hope I will get a PR 2 ! for my sites and for

The SEO Expert

06/02/2011 12:42 am

Sorry... it double posted for some reason, there's an edit button but not a delete! :-(


06/03/2011 04:43 am

Great :D Going to hope for at least one level up from my current page rank for my site

Michael Blumberg

06/03/2011 02:18 pm

Good to hear that there will be a new pagerank update as the page rechtsanwälte und Notar Hundeshagen Göttingen is hosted on a new IP and will get a new pagerank this way

Dvmagic-SEO tools

06/06/2011 05:12 pm

if it concerns only PR, why do you worry, guys?


06/06/2011 06:22 pm

I know it appears that the google page rank is everyting, but the quality of your website and the value it brings to the end user is really the most important aspect. Lets face it, unless you're a webmaster, most people don't even know the meaning of a page rank. As long a your website is climbing in the search, then google is working properly in your best interest. Owner:           

David Eaves

06/07/2011 12:57 pm

There hasn't been a major update for about 2 years now.  I know it's only a bit of fun but I like to see how high our linkbaits score.

Nikhil Raj

06/07/2011 03:03 pm

It feels to me that inbound links quality, quantity and most importantly relevancy plays an important role in Google PageRank. I have written about it in my blog


06/08/2011 04:16 am

 Coming Soon dose not bounding to any time frame may be a month or few months.  


06/11/2011 04:40 am

How important is pagerank ? How hard is it to achieve a meaningful one? It seems like it has been months of being "right around the corner".


06/17/2011 10:42 am

I hope for a pagerank upgrade for my site as well.

İngilizce Kısaltmalar

06/18/2011 07:38 am

I expect 2 0r 3 from the update. I created my website in Dec 2010 and had quality backlinks since then. However, pagerank has a little role in search algorithm I think.  


06/20/2011 05:40 pm

hoping for a PR of 3 for the website

SEO Ranker

06/22/2011 05:15 am

expecting a PR for . June 27th?


06/23/2011 03:33 am went from a PR 4 and updated to a PR 5 during the previous update in January.

Anime Berlin

06/24/2011 11:40 am

Great! Finally will get the pagerank it deserves. Surely, the number of visitors will double the next day :D


06/24/2011 01:50 pm

Expecting a PR5 for Human Edited Directory

Imran Sarwar

06/24/2011 07:47 pm

i am expecting PR 2 for

linkway hosting

06/25/2011 03:39 am

Google also updated page rank in April and May 2011. But that was very small update.

Well Being

06/25/2011 02:05 pm

Linkway.. Can you provide more info or some source about this updates? In this time my site went from unrated to PR0 and other 2 pages which im visiting often moved on pagerank one down from Pr7 to Pr5 and another I saw from Pr3 to Pr4.


06/27/2011 12:27 pm

Update has taken place this morning in the Uk

Andrew Fishwick

06/27/2011 12:38 pm

expected PR for was 1 since its less than a year old, went to PR3!

Kimberly Rogers

06/27/2011 12:56 pm

U.S. sites PR's were affected overnight.....some increases, some decreases....


06/27/2011 01:31 pm

Crazy update that makes no sense. There are sites with 200 back links from decent quality resources with less pr than sites with 1 or 2....another Google cock up.

Hosted shopping cart

06/27/2011 01:39 pm

Google has updated the PR today on June 27th, my website got Pr 3, previously its pr is zero.


06/27/2011 02:10 pm

my website has gone from an under rated 4 to a PR6 jolly good

Antonio Coleman

06/27/2011 04:15 pm

I got mines today and it was a good one..guess my marketing efforts are paying off. "Black Seo Guy "Signing Off"

Robert Antwi

06/27/2011 09:55 pm

I happily achieved Google Pagerank (s) today as if Google spilled it all over my site and forgot to clean up - oh don't worry Google, i think just like you and will continue to implement what i have been implementing, which i also happily share on my blog. :)

Robert Antwi

06/27/2011 09:56 pm

Its not a cock up - think about it - think about what is happening between Google and Other big fishes and think about what Google must do to keep there Search Engine strong and then you'll understand what needs to always be implemented.

Robert Antwi

06/27/2011 09:57 pm

I only noticed mine a few minutes ago. I'm totally ecstatic :). My logic and what i have been implementing works and im so happy

filmovi sa prevodom

06/28/2011 03:48 am

how you did it?


06/28/2011 07:04 am

my website now PR2, lol


06/28/2011 10:15 am

 I did not get PR for my websites Thanks


06/30/2011 05:45 pm

Should we take into account the quality of the site in reciprocal links?


06/30/2011 05:48 pm  our site just went from a pr3 to a pr5. stoked.

SEO Positive

07/18/2011 09:24 pm

looks like google have re-updated their TBPR (tool bar page rank) lots of sites have changed PR again ove rthe past few days.

Miikka Suomi

03/28/2012 11:12 am

Google really scanning a lot of spamming by doing that thing.Well they are just doing there job and they also want to improve.

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