Google Toolbar PageRank Update!

A new Google pagerank update happened and the Google toolbar is reflecting pagerank change information for millions of websites. If you recall Google has not been refreshing pagerank for over 10 months now and several SEO experts thought that pagerank would be discontinued altogether.


Google  PageRank Update!

Google pagerank has been an important indicator for website importance in eyes of Google and top sites often get a PR9 or PR10 ranking. SEO firms often try to buy backlinks and try tactics to game pagerank to showcase higher pagerank for their clients. But with so many Google penalties being pushed across last 2 years, Google failed to refresh the pagerank data, encouraging webmasters to concentrate more on make sites better, rather than try to get better pagerank by blackhat SEO.

Remember how Google used to penalize websites engaged in buying /selling links by reducing pageranks. Still several toxic link detection tools evaluate parameters to find PR0 or PR grayed out websites, which could be bad neighborhoods to link to.

Google did push a PR update – Matt Cutts confirms this PR update and says that a PR push was done while fixing a backend service that handles ‘dupes and equivalent names’, and pagerank still continues to be less of a priority for Google.

So what happened to our pagerank? Well it seems to be still stable at PR5 , though we removed 1.7 million backlinks!

pagerank update

How to check your toolbar pagerank? You can download the Google toobar on IE, or grab PR Checker Chrome extensions and check pagerank of any page.

Has your pagerank changed?

27 thoughts on “Google Toolbar PageRank Update!”

  1. I remember when everyone’s focus was on PR and I was one of the those people. I hadn’t been told that buying links and other, what I now know as BlackHat, methods wouldn’t help me out at all, and even hinder my website’s progress.

    It is nice to know that Google, while not taking PR serious per se, are actually paying some attention to the system while still focusing on removing cheaters.

    Do you still see PR as a valid measurement of a website’s authority? If not, why?

  2. I have expected for some time. While experimenting I realized that the rank was changed. It also has a very significant weight to go up in the SERP

  3. Hi,

    Thank you for providing this great post! I do agree, that focusing on creating the best possible website will help you gain a higher page rank! At the end of the day your focus should be creating a great site because the page rank will come after that for sure. :-)

  4. I think this time.. the PR update sucks.. it has down graded many good site.. and in my case it n/a .. but still i will be working hard to improve my blog visibility..

  5. I am quite dissatisfied with the latest PR update as the site I manage has dropped with 2 with no logical reason. Yet as long as readers like the content that is what really matters

  6. The Update is somehow refreshing because it obviously would help webmasters concentrate better at tactics that would increase their page rank. However, the idea that ” pagerank still continues to be less of a priority for Google” needs to be clarified by the search engine.

  7. I think pagerank is dead. shoutmeloud has a pg of 3, but their traffic is way bigger than most with pg 5. including my own blog.

    I guess matt was right, it is better to focus on quality articles people wanna share on social networks.

  8. Wow my PR is also improved, just knew after reading this article. Thanks for this news. Keep posting such informative updates.


  9. HI,This is a great post,Always i want to learn new updates,i Agree that Quality of website will get good page rank,Based on hard work will get HIGH PR,Thanks for sharing………

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