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Google Page Rank Gone?

Posted By Darren Rowse 29th of May 2005 Search Engine Optimization 14

Discussion forums around the web today are buzzing with talk of major problems (or are they just changes) at Google. Earlier in the day Google’s cache server was down and more recently people have started noticing Page Rank has disappeared on many sites – including Google itself.

Of course this has caused a lot of discussion and rumors – ranging from Google scrapping Page Rank, to Google having some sort of melt down, to changes about to be rolled out to Page Rank.

They say ‘no news is good news’ – but I’m suspecting that changes like these put the SEO industry into a spin as they try to work out what’s going on.

Stay tuned for future reports on this issue as they come to hand.

Update: It’s been over 24 hours now and some are starting to panic. Check out some of the following discussion forums for the latest speculation:

Webmaster World
SEO Chat
Cre8aSite
Search Engine World
Digital Point
Web Workshop
SEO Guy
SitePoint

Update II – PR seems to have returned today over two days after it went away. No news yet as to what the issue was.

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Comments
  1. D … I started noticing this last night.

    I think it’s hilarious. When Google sneezes thousands of us catch a cold.

  2. This just further confirms my belief that over the long term the best search engine traffic is achieved not by studying the alogrythms that search engines use for any particular week but instead by building the sort of pages that search engine developers actually want in their results.

    Stick to the basics, with a clear subject, heading that matches the topic etc. and no matter how the search engines change you should ride it out okay.

  3. I’m with Eoghann, I’ve always been big on giving the searchengines what they want to serve up to their users.

    On the PR thing… I think there’s an update in the works. I could be wrong but this last ‘Burbon’ update was a biggie and there may be a PR shakedown going on as well. It’s interesting to see how everyoue is reacting ;-)

  4. I just checked my PR, and it’s 70 (yes, seventy) out of 10. Clearly something is out of whack.

    fivecentnickel.com

  5. I too have no PR. Thats no big deal though, Google never sent me any traffic any way. I bet there are lots of other who are slightly more concerned though.

  6. I put up a brand new site last night [http://www.homeequityloannews.com] and after an hour live and a total of 1 story…we had a PR of 10. To quote my partner “I thought it was going to be tougher than that!”.

  7. this may be the problem..

    external link: http://www.pr10.darkseoteam.com/

  8. PR, what’s that? Just joking… I don’t worry about PR very often, not big enough of a site I guess.

  9. I thought it was just me. I have worked on different sites and could only manage a 2 or 3. Then I started a blog and on the first update it was a PR5, but doesn’t make anywhere near the money as my other sites with a lesser PR.

  10. According to GoogleGuy, PR should be back to normal in a few hours.

    http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum80/934-13-30.htm

  11. Take a look at your toolbar and you will find your lovely PageRank again. Damn it :)

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