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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Google Removes PageRank from Webmaster Tools

Posted by @ 11:49 pm

Google has dropped their PageRank values from the Crawl stats section in Google Webmaster Tools. According to Googler Susan Moskwa, Google have removed the feature because they don’t want webmasters focusing on their PageRank values:

We’ve been telling people for a long time that they shouldn’t focus on PageRank so much; many site owners seem to think it’s the most important metric for them to track, which is simply not true. We removed it because we felt it was silly to tell people not to think about it, but then to show them the data, implying that they should look at it.

In case you missed it, Webmaster Tools used to provide you with a Low/Medium/High ranking of your pages and also show the page which received the highest PageRank. Here’s an example from search engine roundtable:


While Google have removed the values from Webmaster Tools, it’s not dead completely. You can still monitor your PageRank through the Google toolbar or any number of third party applications.

Personally, I’m not sure if this will have any impact on webmasters who are still closely monitoring their PageRank values. There are still many other ways to check your PageRank, so if they want to reduce reliance on this metric they will have to remove it from here too.

What are your thoughts? Do you still closely monitor the PageRank of your pages?

Matthew Elshaw Matt is a marketing professional at, an international search marketing firm. Matt's passion for online marketing began at university and has proved invaluable in steering product development and marketing initiatives at the company. Matt is a regular contributor to the ineedhits search marketing blog.

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By Tweets that mention Google Removes PageRank from Webmaster Tools | ineedhits -- - October 19, 2009

Every aspect of SEO, be it link exchange, blog submission/commenting, article submission, etc. depends on Page Rank and the DoFollow/NoFollow tags of links. PR is hindsight, but no other LIVE result for a web page’s health is available. PR still rules in our books.

By - October 20, 2009

Pagerank is a complete joke and I can’t believe anyone still pays any attention to it. I run three sites that rank #1 in Google for dozens of keywords and phrases, yet none has a pagerank higher than 3. (The one above actually has a zero, even though it gets the most traffic and ranks the best in the search engines. And as far as I can tell there are no violations of big brother’s terms of service.) Meanwhile, I run two other low-traffic sites that have a PR of 5. I find Alexa to be far more useful in measuring popularity.

By - October 20, 2009

Hi all

Page rank is a strange thing and actualy has nothing to do with traffic to your site. Page rank is related to how neat and tidy your tags are, but has nothing to do with your visitor rate of flow or what your ROI (Return on invetsment) is

Page rank is just for those who want to brag about something that has no vakue to you, and so your time is wated listening to something that will not change what your site does or who knows about your latest pages.

This is obvious as why was it removed ?

simple answer is GOOGLE has lost the plot around this one and we as users have taken things the wrong way and misunderstood their intentions relating to the use and value of page rank.

find a new pet peeve !

If you know the real purpose and intention of page rank let us all know….

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By Google Removes PageRank from Webmaster Tools | ineedhits Webmaster World - October 23, 2009

Google should hv its own purpose establish the pagerank.
Google might hv found out that the pagerank does not function properly than expected; therefore, Google remove it from Google Webmaster.

By Hendra Subrata - November 8, 2009

I personally liked the small section on WMT to see how my site was doing, but i’ve grown to love google analytics even more.

By Greg - November 9, 2009

Considering PR as a small part of a bigger picture is sound advice.

By - November 10, 2009

i think what google do is right :
reason :many people using SE but they not get the information that their need

By erfiz - November 11, 2009

content is king

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