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ProBlogger – PageRank 4

Wow – this is an interesting one.

ProBlogger’s page rank is currently at a 4 – and so is Digital Photography School.

I’d heard blogs had been penalized in their page rank recently for selling text links – bizarre thing is that neither of these two blogs sell links. I’ve never sold text links at DPS and haven’t on ProBlogger for months now – perhaps I was penalized for taking them off!

Both had page ranks of 6 yesterday and previously ProBlogger was a 7. Even jobs.problogger.net has been hit and it’s on a subdomain. Looks like something’s going on over at the Googleplex – is anyone else noticing changes today or did someone over there take offense at something I said? Maybe they don’t like that I took AdSense off ProBlogger (joking).

PS: just noticed Copyblogger is a 4 now too – hmmmm.

UpdateAndy Beard and Daniel Scocco are compiling lists of blogs and other sites impacted by this PageRank ‘update’.

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Comments

  1. Swing Sets says:

    I have heard that selling text links hurts PR also but I have also seen that many directories will not even list your site if it sells links.

  2. saqib says:

    hi my name is saqib i have two backlinks with pr8 but i get pagerank of only 1. my site name is
    http://www.saqistation.zxq.net

  3. Ross says:

    Hello people did a quick search in googles built in Definitions for Page Rank and this is what it said:

    Devised by Google, it measures not only how many links point to a website, but the “quality” of the sites providing the links.

    By the looks of it PR is gained by backlinks from sites that are relevant to yours inceasing your popularity which in turn increases your keywords ranking in google.

  4. WD Milner says:

    My personal sites – no paid links in sight all dropped, from 4′s to 3′s and even a 2. No rhyme or reason. Oh well.

  5. najeen says:

    hi dear friends i have a site of downloads, and i have two backlinks on sites of pr 4 and one on pr 5 but i can still get 0 page rank. what is this?

  6. The pagerank on some of my sites jump about from time to time

  7. Page rank is a very strange thing to get used to unless you read into it. i have found that having a high PR does not always means your going to get the visitors, and lets agree its the visits or hits we need.

  8. SEO Genius says:

    That could of just been Google doing a little wiggle or a “Google dance” good to see it back at 7 now.

  9. I have sites that have page rank drops all the time but it doesn’t seem to hurt the amount of traffic.

  10. Google PR is confusing, but as long as the traffic count is up, that’s all that matters. Still, it would be nice to have a higher Google PR. Hopefully that will happen fairly soon.

  11. Rachael says:

    Does anybody know when google might be doing the next PR update?

    Rach x

  12. My site page rank went from 3 to 2 , what could be reason ?

  13. My primary business of search engine submission went from google page rank 2 to google page rank 3 then a couple of months ago it went back down to 2. I don’t know why they did that but it got me upset. I don’t know how many people actually check the google page rank but I am pretty sure that people that use search engine optimization will look at your website for an example and your alexa traffic rank.

  14. Jay Skinner says:

    It seems that Google is penalizing blogs even if it follows Google standards. I know several people that are complaining that their blogs are now ranking less for no reason. Does anyone has an explanation for this?

  15. nice man…mines only a pr 2 but its coming along nicely

  16. istanto says:

    I doesnt care about pagerank again!! who care?? hit mine to 0 or even minus this is my web so I can put everything I want everything I like to write, who care about you google??

  17. Pagerank isn’t really that important. It’s only a reflection of your PAST. I’ve seen pages go from PR 4 to 1 and also pages go from PR 0 to 4 in one update. It doesn’t really mean anything on your rankings with google.

  18. Hitesh says:

    Algorithm criteria google had used this time to update the PR does any one know?

    My PR had gone down from 4 to 3.

  19. Tom Bro-KAW says:

    I’ve seen some stability with the PR of our website. We’ve been at a 3 for the longest time and now moved to 4. It’s taken some work. I know a lot of people in the community don’t give PR worth, but it’s nice to see it move in the right direction.

  20. St. George says:

    What influence, if any does the age of a website have on page ranks. Does an older page (like 1998) allow a website to garner a higher PR quicker?

  21. mikerambling says:

    hi,
    i am new here and this post really interest me as i wanted to work on the PR of my site. Though i know it takes a lot of hard work, i am sure it will worth it one day.

  22. Eco says:

    It’s totally understandable that google doesn’t want to tell us what makes up a good pr ranking but it would be nice if they offiicially told us all what not to do.

  23. I wanted to CRY today when I saw our PR6 had dropped to a PR5. We have been a PR 6 for over two years. I NEVER imagined it dropping.

  24. My blog drop from PR3 to zero after changing domain name even I’m updating it actively everydays.

  25. eli says:

    Our website has been a PR5 for probably 8 years, dropped to a PR 4 recently have no idea why. I believe that the higher the PR ranking the more often they spider your site for more content and it gets indexed faster onto google.

  26. MK Tile Saw says:

    Guys, don’t worry about the pagerank. It’s only a reflection of what your PAST performance was and doesn’t mean that your site will be crawled more or less. If you want to be crawled every day then you need new content every day.

  27. I don’t think that page rank has anything to do with your rankings or traffic. I have seen sites with PR 4 and barely get any traffic…

  28. Acid Cigars says:

    Yea, it doesn’t have anything to do with really ranking because if your site is new and the PR hasn’t updated yet but you have a lot of links you will still rank good. It just depends on the google algorithm, which no one really knows the answer to!

  29. Tempurpedic says:

    PR is not related to how many links you have, it is more related to the quality of links you have and so is your rankings ..

  30. I have two sites PR 3 & PR 4 . and my PR 3 sites gets 5 times more traffic than the PR 4..

  31. TMS says:

    I beleive there is a honeymoon period for Page Ranking which can diminish over time, caused by a page not being updated regularly.

  32. film izle says:

    What influence, if any does the age of a website have on page ranks. Does an older page (like 1998) allow a website to garner a higher PR quicker?

  33. Tony Novoa says:

    Congratulations to you.
    But not to me…… until yesterday i had pr 4 but today pr 0,i have another site and happen the same yesterday pr 3 today 0 ??? does somebody know whats happening ,but affortunatly my visits are ok normally 30.000 uniche visits a day and growing,traffic appears unaffected.

  34. online film says:

    My blog drop from PR3 to zero after changing domain name even I’m updating it actively everydays.

  35. Free gadgets says:

    Page rank is a funny thing, strange how you lose it so quickly but it takes ages to gain. Thanks for sharing this.

  36. film izle says:

    Algorithm criteria google had used this time to update the PR does any one know?

    My PR had gone down from 4 to 3.

  37. Web Design says:

    I think that having a good pagerank is important. It gives your site more stability, and shows the overall importance of your Web Design. It is definatley not the be all and end all, as there are other ways of getting people to your website, however lets not forget it is a huge contributing factor to represent our web sites performance!

  38. film izle says:

    Man in four months i got page rank 3 i dont believe it )

  39. Ardent says:

    Its sad how much google has control over us. I really wish Live and Yahoo would even things up, but they can never make any progress.

  40. Free Wii says:

    Page rank is so unpredictable, its about as constant as the weather…
    Thanks for this, hope your site recovers.

  41. dizi izle says:

    My blog drop from PR3 to zero after changing domain name even I’m updating it actively everydays

  42. yemen says:

    Page rank is a funny thing, strange how you lose it so quickly but it takes ages to gain. Thanks for sharing this.

  43. scales says:

    Pagerank is overrated. Ignore it. Flat out it’s only a snapshot of how you were doing when google updated last go-round. It’s really not that important.

  44. e-okul says:

    P.S. Selling links is a lot more profitable, sustainable, and dependable, than Google Adsense and Google Referrals, especially when Google mucks around with pageranks.

    Also, my site is about web hosting, advertising, affiliate networks, referrrals, and making money. Almost any link is relevant, but Google (or it’s pagerank algorithm) is not smart enough to realize that fact.

  45. a couple of months ago it went back down to 2. I don’t know why they did that but it got me upset. I don’t know how many people actually check the google page rank but I am pretty sure that people that use search engine optimization will look at your website for an example and your alexa traffic rank.
    http://www.roomfurniturechina.com

  46. Page rank is a funny thing, strange how you lose it so quickly but it takes ages to gain. Thanks for sharing this…..

  47. Jane says:

    Google PR is not the only criteria that determines the worth of your blog. Its true many have lost business because of the PR drop. I now have become a fan of problogger!

  48. I do agree with Jane “Google PR is not the only criteria that determines the worth of your blog”. To get business the SERP is the ultimate thing. not the PR. What if a site has pr 8 and no sale takes place ?

  49. There’s no sense in worrying about pagerank. If you’re doing SEO properly your pagerank will be fine.

  50. I myself think that its a good idea to penalize those who sell links and those who buy them. Otherwise those companys or people with a lot of money will get the top rank in google. Do you think thats fair? This way the small guy at least has a chance of getting a good rank.