January 2011 Google Toolbar PageRank Update

Jan 20, 2011 • 10:02 am | comments (101) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

pagerankExcited? Upset? Sad? Angry? Yes, Google has updated the PageRank you see in the Google Toolbar.

We have several reports at WebmasterWorld and DigitalPoint Forums. Plus there are lots of tweets from webmasters on the topic.

Earlier this month, there were some sporadic reports of a PR update but it wasn't as wide spread at these reports.

As I said then, "Google keeps telling them not to worry about PageRank but SEOs don't hear or listen. They think SEO is all about PageRank, when you and I know it has very little to do with PageRank. Especially Toolbar PageRank which is a fictional character used by Google's marketing department."

Anyway, I hope your PageRank in the Toolbar went up or remained the same. Although it has no immediate impact on rankings and is way out of date, many webmasters and SEOs take pride in their Toolbar PageRank.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld and DigitalPoint Forums.

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David Odenthal

01/20/2011 03:40 pm

Hey, in Germany i don't can see anything of the Page Rank Update. Anyway i hope that this won't be anything.


01/20/2011 03:46 pm

I have seem some great jumps in pagerank across my network of sites, and none dropping. Although this doesn´t really affect my traffic, it is still nice to see the little green bar!


01/20/2011 03:58 pm

Some people don't know anything about PR. One webmaster who got a drop said he expected it because he linked out to many sites since the last update. PR has nothing to do with the number of outgoing links (unless they are to spam sites) but all to do with the number of high-quality incoming links. Some people will never learn and keep spreading misinformation.

Thomas Rosenstand

01/20/2011 04:57 pm

In Denmark PR has been updated too. But really: Who cares?


01/20/2011 05:06 pm

Yes, there is a update to my blog too, it increased to PR2.

Simon Serrano

01/20/2011 05:49 pm

Barry, I don't get it... if we all want SEOs to stop caring about PR so much, why do we keep making it big news every time Google updates it?

Barry Schwartz

01/20/2011 05:53 pm

Good question… Because I cover what the SEOs in forums talk about. And they are talking about this.

Simon Serrano

01/20/2011 05:56 pm

Hey Henry, where did you hear that outbound links are not part of the PageRank calculation? According to all of the published versions of the PageRank calculation (to my knowledge), # outbound links of a page have always been a part of the calculation. quoted from http://infolab.stanford.edu/~backrub/google.html: "We assume page A has pages T1...Tn which point to it (i.e., are citations). The parameter d is a damping factor which can be set between 0 and 1. We usually set d to 0.85. There are more details about d in the next section. Also C(A) is defined as the number of links going out of page A. The PageRank of a page A is given as follows: PR(A) = (1-d) + d (PR(T1)/C(T1) + ... + PR(Tn)/C(Tn)) Note that the PageRanks form a probability distribution over web pages, so the sum of all web pages' PageRanks will be one."


01/20/2011 06:28 pm

Nice to see it around after a long time... I too saw it being updated for few of my blogs.

Rob Woods

01/20/2011 06:40 pm

More than SEOs, CEOs seem to take pride in the TBPR. No matter how many times I said it was fictional. I always had to have the same discussion every time it changed.... Having said that the only changes I've seen are some brand new sites of mine changing from n/a to zero.


01/20/2011 07:03 pm

Yep, mine just went from 0 to 1.

Review Horizon

01/20/2011 07:05 pm

Mine jumped from 0 to 3


01/20/2011 09:49 pm

We can see it here in India as well. Seems this time Google was a bit stingy in granting PR. We have got PR upgrades all across the board but very marginal.


01/20/2011 09:59 pm

I went from 0 to 0! Woohoo!


01/20/2011 11:10 pm

Sad because mine went down to 2/10


01/20/2011 11:11 pm



01/21/2011 03:06 am

Thanks for this post


01/21/2011 03:21 am

My blog's PR updated to 7 http://www.techlineinfo.com


01/21/2011 03:54 am

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Curt Crispin

01/21/2011 03:59 am

My site gone down PR1 to 0. How it possible? i done good seo. But I was not get improve PR for our website.


01/21/2011 04:35 am

Its shocking to hear about it. I feel for you buddy

Bankruptcy Attorney

01/21/2011 04:37 am


Steward John

01/21/2011 05:32 am

Wow.. my jumped from 0 to 3..

Amit Verma

01/21/2011 05:51 am

Webmasters are still running after PageRank because Google stated in their corporate tech page "Today we use more than 200 signals, including PageRank, to order websites, and we update these algorithms on a weekly basis."


01/21/2011 06:55 am

Well, mine went from a 3 to a 2... I appreciate this post, but it still sucks! :(

Anup @ HackTutors

01/21/2011 06:59 am

Wow! My blog jumped up to PR 3 from 0 :D

iPhone Application Development

01/21/2011 07:23 am

still 1 one day remaining for PR update i thought...


01/21/2011 07:33 am

mine is still the same.. its 3.. huh :(


01/21/2011 08:02 am

from zero to 3.. pretty impressive for me.yeah that a pride for webmaster

Tanveer Ahmad

01/21/2011 09:58 am

Wow.. my jumped from 4 to 5 !!!!!

Sunny Ujjawal

01/21/2011 10:57 am

But mine for http://www.feelthemusic.in is same


01/21/2011 11:18 am

Steady progress! From PR3 to 4. Incidently, number of links have gone down by 90% since update to 3. Must be doing something right!


01/21/2011 12:09 pm

just noticed you have the pr slap back barry

Barry Schwartz

01/21/2011 12:11 pm

It goes back several years. Currently doing it to make a point.

SEO India

01/21/2011 12:17 pm

Thanks for your update.. I have checked for my site and found minor changes for our all pages. Inner pages PR improve from 2 to 3. But its great improvement in all our inside pages..

Naeem Dollie

01/21/2011 12:28 pm

My blog's page rank STAYS AT 4. But I don't give a rats ass! I still rank in the top 3 in Google (1 in my country) for my main terms 'hardstyle' and 'hardstyle music'. I hate 'page rank'. If you're call yourself an SEO - YOU SHOULDN'T CARE!!!!

Puppet SEO

01/21/2011 12:55 pm

You've got one website and you are giving advice to SEOs? Buwah hah hah


01/21/2011 02:14 pm

I have about 30 different blogs and websites I manage, and noticed some very weird PR changes this time around, see post: http://www.blogtips.org/google-pagerank-update-january-2011/ 1. none of my new blogs ( up to 6 months old) got ranked 2. some existing blogs got quite a jump 3. good content does not seem to be king, with this new PR cycle... "Content" updates seem to matter more. P

Jean-Luc A

01/21/2011 02:29 pm

My one year old blog stayed at 0. Not doing any SEO on it though. My other sites stayed with the same PR.

Jean-Luc A

01/21/2011 02:30 pm

My one year old blog stayed at 0. Not doing any SEO on it though. My other sites PR did not change.


01/21/2011 05:29 pm

i moved from page rank 0 to page rank 1 , wohoooo :)


01/21/2011 06:08 pm

They take pride only because they make a S*&t load of money selling links..............no one would care otherwise.


01/21/2011 06:11 pm

The tell tail sign of a novice is them touting off about how useless PR is. They blab while others make 10k/mo off sites with no traffic or ranking..............just powerful BL.

Kevin D Stroud

01/21/2011 06:15 pm

Cool blog!


01/21/2011 09:09 pm

My pr is still the same...

home alarms

01/21/2011 09:25 pm

one of the site I am working on http://www.safetechalarms.com says on PR4 for years, but yesterday went down to PR3 . I wish someone to explain me this downgrade ...

Digital TV

01/21/2011 11:21 pm

Does anyone know why my website http://www.digitalswitchover.co.uk remains at PR0 for two years (since it has been live) while http://www.uconi.com is not being updated for a year and has gone up from PR1 -> PR2? Appreciate your expert advice of how to improve the PR as quite some effort is going into it :-)


01/22/2011 07:11 am

My first website got PR1


01/22/2011 11:01 am

I have got 0 -1 and now 1

Bud N' Mary's Marina

01/23/2011 02:55 am

My website went from 4 down to 3... http://www.budnmarys.com though I've been doing much more link building, forum posting, and blog posting this last 2 months than I ever have... why the drop?

Attentive Holiday

01/23/2011 07:35 am

My website

Attentive Holiday

01/23/2011 07:40 am

My website went 1 - 0 http://www.attentiveholiday.com


01/23/2011 08:38 am

My website went from 2 to 3 http://www.perfectview.ro


01/23/2011 01:10 pm

Excited. Our website got PR 4 (Previously 3).... www.seorankingexpert.com


01/23/2011 04:21 pm

Out of 38 websites only one was updated. New sites that were created about 9 months ago are all still at zero. I have one site that went from 150 pages to almost 900 pages since the last pagerank update and the pagerank is still the same (pagerank 2). I also get tired of hearing how pagerank doesn't matter because it does. In reality, it really doesn't matter, but sites with no or low pagerank often have trouble getting links from other sites because most webmasters believe pagerank is important and won't link to low pagerank sites. So, even if pagerank really doesn't matter, the behavior of many webmasters causes pagerank to matter. I hope this makes sense.

SEO Consultancy

01/24/2011 06:25 am

Thanks for letting me know. That is why I subscribe to your feed so that I can get the latest update of what is happening around me. I have not seen any changes yet. I hope that it will be upward.

Babylon download

01/24/2011 10:11 am

My website went from 3 to 0

Live Chat Software

01/24/2011 12:13 pm

Its was a long awaited update in the history of Google. I am happty get a long jump from P3 to PR 6 for my site http://www.morecoloringpages.com . I worked hard on http://imo.live2support.com but stil it has PR0. I think reason is sub domain. Next update may be helpful.


01/24/2011 02:36 pm

Mine went from 0-1 http://www.pstc.ca

Promote Greenchillies

01/25/2011 08:42 am

I am amazed that people still follow this pattern . I do not go much on the Page Rank Good traffic can be generated from the website which is low in Page Rank. Top rankings can bring up the business but the PR is just a term which needs to be maintained in the long Run. Website like http://www.green-chillies.com has less PR but the lead conversion ration for them is really high.

Gordon Pryra

01/25/2011 08:46 am

Henry "PR has nothing to do with the number of outgoing links" No no no no no no Pagerank is a pure calculation giving a score for a webpage. This calculation is fed by incoming links and external links are a drain. There is very little that you can put a definite figure on in SEO, but pagerank is a quantifiable absolute. We have the means to work out what it will be (admittedly with old algorithms, but close enough)


01/25/2011 09:01 am

My website got PR 2


01/25/2011 02:09 pm

Our website went from 1 to 4. Not just the home page, I think 30-50 pages gets page rant at http://www.naravisajt.com/ . Maybe it was google error before


01/26/2011 02:51 pm

Hi, last week my website www.bailame.com.ar changes its PR from 2 to 1 :(

Catch Ravi143

01/27/2011 09:24 am


Anil Gupta

01/31/2011 04:36 pm

SEO's, change your ideas to adapt for the new things happening on the Web and ignore this update. It is a tool, nothing more no use!


02/06/2011 12:53 am

My page ranks fell but most positions and traffic increased. The page rank in the toolbar just takes up unnecessary space.

SEO Freelancer

02/08/2011 04:19 am

Glad to hear that. There were times that my inner pages change their page rank constantly.


02/08/2011 10:28 am

We saw a couple of client pages drop in TB Rank, but on deeper investigation their main category pages actually went up. While we're well aware that PR obsession isn't very useful, it is a tangible for clients don't have time to investigate deeper.

Andres Martin

02/08/2011 04:27 pm

Well, I've stayed as it was, but my site is very young expecting an increase, but could not ser.Tendremos to wait for a new revision. Even if you've noticed an increase in the positions of search for my niche market, but I'm still far from my goals. http://www.tuereseljefe.ws , ;)

SEO Services

02/15/2011 07:03 am

Thanks for the informative details and I am Glad to hear that There were times that my inner pages change their page rank constantly.


02/18/2011 12:22 pm

Hi My site is registered in October 2010 and did not updated page rank, why may be it happen so? Does my site look like a new one? http://searscreditcardonline.net


02/21/2011 06:07 pm

my page rank is still 0 http://www.startcompany.sk


02/23/2011 10:57 pm

I went from 0-1 - great feeling! Now I have to go higher! :)

EcoFuelBox Ethanl Kits

03/02/2011 11:30 pm

I' agree. We also have few websites whiwh are more than 12 month old, and PR sill at zero. Here is the example: http://www.ecofuelbox.com this site is quite well referenced and get google 1-10 place for most importantand relevant keywords. However google PR doesn't move up. But another website which is only few month old have PR2 now. Kinda strange

Waleed Raza

03/14/2011 05:48 am

The update does not effect SEO at all as PageRank snapshot is only a historical value taken some six months back by the looks of it. http://vfrankz.blogspot.com


03/27/2011 12:59 pm

mine too no PR :( http://www.alsayeghmedia.com/


04/09/2011 03:36 pm

http://www.madhursangam.com got PR 2 from 0 :)


04/14/2011 02:23 pm

Still a 0 hope to get to a 4pr www.scvagent.com www.scvagent.net

Custom Facebook Application

04/18/2011 01:11 pm

Any one tell me about Google Page Rank Policy.When google updated Page Rank?

prashant rohilla

05/12/2011 01:34 pm

When is the next page rank update after the January One ?


05/20/2011 06:51 am

 got a PR2... :D Jan ALDAX MOULDS


05/28/2011 01:25 pm

I own an ecommerce website, but I'm not worrying about Pagerank anymore. Since the goal of search engines is to find exactly what someone is looking for, I'm really concentrating on "original content" more than anything else. New posts to my blog, which has no PR, usually show up pretty high in organic search results.


05/29/2011 10:57 pm

Interesting, Have anybody noticed the correlation between Google page speed and PR update. Last time PR update was taking place Google failed to update webmaster Page Speed report for about 2 weeks. Guess what? Its starting all over again, Google haven't update its Page Speed since 15th of May. We assume PR update is around the corner (within 1-2 weeks)

Web Directory

05/30/2011 07:56 am

Yeah paul very possible it will update in june

Web Directory

05/30/2011 07:57 am

Go to matt's blog he explained it very well http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/more-info-on-pagerank/

Nikhil Raj

06/07/2011 02:59 pm

I think Google pagerank is based on the relevancy of inbound links, their quality and also quantity I have made it clear in my blog http://thedofollowblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/google-pagerank-relevancy-quality-and.html


06/09/2011 09:54 am


pramod kumar

06/17/2011 05:15 am

My website www.mnatives.com still i m waiting to PR but not updated. any one tell me what's going on.


06/27/2011 11:00 am

Page rank updated today. www.truetraveller.com has just gone from PR0 to PR3


06/27/2011 11:32 am

No luck for my site : www.eukhost.com . I doubt whether they have rolled it all over, have they ? Though I haven't checked the internal pages thoroughly.

Live Chat Software

06/29/2011 10:35 am

 I got PR 5 for my new website http://www.cdmessenger.com

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07/01/2011 12:29 pm

www.azhark.com just gone PR0 to PR2 :) thanks! google .


07/19/2011 11:50 am

Hi, Your website had PR 2 now! :)


07/19/2011 11:51 am

Hi, your website has PR 1.


07/19/2011 11:52 am

Your PR is 2. :)

iPhone Application Developer

07/22/2011 01:23 pm

Google Page Rank updated 


07/23/2011 09:57 pm

Seems like PR has been updated again in the last few days. 


07/28/2011 05:45 am

My website  with PR0 up to PR1 on June 2011, and now July no PR at all.


08/13/2011 08:47 pm

Update will take place very soon right around the end of september!


02/17/2012 09:53 pm

 I got to 4 then back down to a 2

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