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Monday, May 5, 2008

Major Google PageRank Update!

Posted by @ 5:10 pm

Over the past few days, many webmasters and business owners have reported seeing an update in the PageRank of their websites; as displayed in the Google toolbar. I can also confirm an update has taken place with some of our newer pages registering a PageRank for the first time.

This PageRank update has created a huge stir amongst the search marketing industry, with many reporting that it’s the largest PR update we’ve had for some time. There are a whole bunch of threads going on right now as well as conversion on Twitter about how the update has impacted various websites.

According to reports so far, the update doesn’t appear to have impacted rankings too much, just the PageRank value shown in the toolbar. It’s important to remember that while this value can give a good indication of your sites progress, the values from toolbar PageRank can be around a month or so old. Google uses real time PageRank values when calculating search results which it releases to the public a month or so later.

Many webmasters, who have had their sites penalized to a PR 0 in previous updates, are reporting small gains of 1-2 points with this latest update. If you’ve recently launched a new website it also might be a good idea to see how you fared. One of our new sites launched in early March got a PageRank for the first time, so the update must have pulled data from after this point.

As always share your PageRank changes via our blog comments!

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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Discussion (9 - comments)

We think that Pr it’s losing effect in our google positions.

Probably , other parameters as location and domain lifetime are more important to raise positions.

By KIM - May 6, 2008

It seems the update from Google is more frequent than most people think.

I had a quite recent experience that one of my pages,
originally a PR2 for several months and suddenly dropped to PR0 a couple of weeks ago, and I made some changes in internal linking, then it went back to PR2 for several days, and today, I checked this page again, it goes back to PR0!

Please enlighten me.

By Rel Adviser - May 6, 2008

My link directory went from PR3 to PR0. Its almost 4 years old. I do not sell links and I never got a dime for a link. This must be a big Google mistake? My other link directory still has PR3. My ranking went from 5 way down to 70 +. Whats going on?

By Anonymous - May 6, 2008

There is some corrolation between PR and SERPS, but nothing to get excited about, unless you sell link or advertising space, why get uptight by the green bar?

By Jim - May 9, 2008

I think Google is still trying to repair damage caused by the dec/jan update. Well I hope so anyway!

By SEO - May 9, 2008

We have noticed a raise in PR from 5 to 6 on our site

But haven’t noticed traffic raise or drop recently.

Btw, do you know if google uses only 10 grades of page rank for the search engine placements or more?

For example, when we see the rank of 6, maybe it is in fact 5.9 ? Or 6.3? What do you think?

By Serhiy - May 24, 2008


We have developed so many sites and now we are waiting for google page rank update. Hope we will get a good page ranks to all our websites.

Do you have any idea when google will update the page rank of sites ?


Best Regards,

By Search Engine Optimization India (Esenzendya) - September 25, 2009

Balboa and 23rd Avenue in the Richmond District. ,

By Red77 - October 22, 2009

Today Google has updated PR. – 2 to 3

By sem services - October 30, 2009

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