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One of the reasons I write in this blog is transparency. 3 different people asked me today when will the next Google Pagerank update happen, and when I say they shouldn’t be concerned with this, there’s always a little surprise as there is so many people in forums discussing Google PR, Toolbar PR and it’s “update”.
Google exports a snapshot of toolbar PR data which in December was less than a month out of date (2 weeks?) and this data is a simplified version you can see using the free Google toolbar. People reported an update in February although I don’t think this was network wide like the December export.
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Real Toolbar PR is calculated constantly we are told, so the actual toolbar PR you see is ‘out of date’ and only an indication of your REAL PR. I think it takes @24 hours for a page to accrue real PR – as I measured it (which could be flawed of course but it does seem alarmingly accurate).
I think you only need a lot of pagerank if you have a lot of pages. I think a page only needs a smidgeon of real PR to rank. Pages have PR not domains as I understand it, although the PR you have you need to spread about your pages by linking to all the pages from pages that have PR.
I’m interested in Real PR, not toolbar pagerank. For me, the most useful aspect of the Toolbar Pagerank update is you can see a quick visualisation how your spreading your PR amongst your pages. That’s about it. Even then it’s buggy – why you should be using your own metrics. Perfectly good pages have white bar and grey bar PR. They still rank well, they have more PR than other pages on the site that do show Toolbar values.
One things for sure also in my opinion – if Google are using Pagerank these days, it’s not the same algorithm everybody cites – clearly Google tweaks this or at least the end results indicate such a change. You don’t need to know a thing about PR to make a quality site. All you need to ensure is your pages (especially important pages) are well linked to – Google will handle the rest.
Google Pagerank just doesn’t work the way it used to, it’s harder to manipulate, and results can be eratic. Google is clearly being meaner or selective with PR – links that once transferred PR now don’t (visibly at least). More a reason to forget about it especially if your site is otherwise healthy in terms of ranking and visitors.
Forget about the next Pagerank update and think about where your next link is coming from or what the next page on your website will be.
As I mentioned things change, if you’ve noticed anything of interest recently put it in the comments as I haven’t monitored it closely for months.
All link droppers that mention having a higher pr page to rank better in SERPS will be ridiculed in the comments (if not by me by someone else)…. and I will probably delete the link. Things are never equal enough for PR to be the ranking factor which you above a competitor (IMO).
PS – It’s worth noting that nobody really knows how Pagerank works these days. Not outside Google anyway.