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Google has updated it’s toolbar pagerank ‘scores’ for web pages – I see it on internal page 2 weeks old. To be honest I don’t use Toolbar pagerank as more than an at-a-glance metric, and I’ve long assumed while real pagerank is important to get as many of your USEFUL pages into Google’s main index, that’s about it. Pages with a lot of pagerank dont rank any better – they just rank.
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Some recent analysis I carried out seemed to suggest Google pagerank wasn’t a factor in ranking at all (other than get you “in”) and I actually had my pagerank toolbar turned off for the last 3 months – which was quite liberating and forces you to look at other factors when looking at links.
I did however see a pagerank penalty for a network of sites (I don’t own but was using for ranking ability) – I believe SEOIdiot might have been screwing about with too lol. That’s private stuff though ;)
The trusted network in question WAS NOT following Google’s advice about selling links on their site and Google have obviously responded by lowering their toolbar PR (probably in case the network was using pagerank as a selling tool). As I said I wasn’t using the network for toolbar pagerank.
The sites where trusted and the types of redirects they where using where transferring real pagerank & ranking ability from a trusted site to even brand new sites. On the surface the site looked as if it was following Google’s advice, but it wasn’t blocking the outbound banners they had sold using either nofollow or robots.txt, which was a nice side effect of buying sitewide banners on their sites. Tsk tsk.