Google PageRank Update on New Year’s Eve

Google has updated their Google Toolbar Pagerank as of about 1 hour ago, marking a New Year’s Eve PageRank update which should have a whole lot of web publishers and bloggers discussing their changes in PageRank over the New Year holiday.

Search Engine Journal’s Google PageRank stayed the same at PR 6, but we noticed immediately that Google Toolbar PageRank is now a PageRank 4 (up from a PR 0 since it’s a relatively new site).

Sure, the PageRank which is shown on the Google Toolbar is not an accurate indicator of how Gogole ranks or values a site, and is only on of many factors which goes into a live and real Google PageRank, but it’s still some sort of indicator, and will always be so while it’s still around.

Webmasters are weighing in already on the change via Twitter :

  • @gyutae crap… google just updated PageRank… went down from a 4 to 3.. and lost site links
  • @JustinLoans: Google Pagerank updated today!! Anybody went up? 3 out of 4 of my sites went up woohoo
  • @dragonblogger: Just found out my Poetry Blog received a Google PageRank of 2 today. Ironic since it has 1/10th as much traffic as my other 2 blogs

More Twitter conversation on the Google PageRank Update New Years 2009.

Did you notice the little green bar change for your site?

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
Loren Baker

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92 thoughts on “Google PageRank Update on New Year’s Eve

  1. What is PageRank? I have been using Google Chrome so I have been oblivious of PageRank lately. LOL

    Thanks for the update Loran, I checked my blog and back to a PR5 again… I am happy with that, but I often wonder if PageRank really has much value? Don’t get me wrong, I love having a PR5 but it just makes me wonder.

    I was PR5 earlier in 2008, then went to PR4 and I couldn’t really see any difference. Today I am back to PR5.

  2. @ Garry Conn
    PageRank is only an indicator of the ‘strength’ ofthe page and is updated every once in awhile. Your SERPs will flux often as your page moves up in the ranks. PR is not a real-time ‘score’. You’ll get properly ranked in real-time as your site’s progress improves.

  3. Thanks for the article. It explains my Twitter post: “ went from a GOOGLE Page Rank 0 to 4 over night! Not bad for a website that was launched 3 weeks ago. :)”

  4. I agree Page Rank is not important at all these days…if you are looking for a measurement for your SEO efforts, look at visitors (and sales) generated to your website.

  5. Weirdly before the update my STANDING went from up and down on the second page to second place on the first page for and first for for keywords expression web but my pr (which has dropped over the past months) remained the same. Frankly Standing is more important than ranking. I admit my updates have been more frequent over the past month than the rest of the year. Which just goes to show new content is a must. Found this via twitter btw… which i prefer over blogs as there is less to think about when posting.

  6. As soon as I monetized, I lost PR. Ridiculous double edged sword. I was a PR6 at the beginning of 2007, started 2008 with a PR3 and start 2009 with a PR2. I have yet to advertise on the main pages of my site. Wish PR was related to search results – seems awfully off-kilter to me.

  7. @Lowes IS a CANCER Ted “Unibomber” Kaz called and he wants his rant style back.

    @James Dechvy Because PR is often related to the amount you can charge for ads on your website. That’s why PR is important.

    @awzm Incorrect! Facebook is a PR9 (as it should be)

    @James So, is your brain. :)

  8. Thanks for getting this information out. Because mine didn’t change, I wouldn’t have noticed if you hadn’t told me.

    This is the third update where mine didn’t change. It’s frustration because I’ve worked so much on my blog during that time.

    I do comments on dofollow blogs and write articles that link back to mine.

    My search traffic has increased much during that time. I guess that’s what really matters.


    Linda P. Morton

  9. Why are you contributing to this PR craze Loren? You know that Google loves this stuff as it gets people to talk about it, but why does this really mean anything in the large scheme of things? Does it? I don’t think so. Only Google knows the real PR for any page. The only real reason they bother to do any updates at all is for all the PR (public relations) they receive for doing so.

    The question I have for all the posters above and those on Twitter is this: How’s your referrals from Google? Have they changed at all because of what the green bar shows? If not, why do you care about it?

  10. For all the PR haters, ask yourself this question:

    “Would the owner of this eBay auction be able to charge as much if the PR was 4?

    NO WAY.

    PR is a heavy factor is determining the value of a website based on a neutral 3rd party. People trust Googz and trust their methods (even though it can be a headache sometimes for SEO professionals.)

    The only people who whine about PR are those who don’t have it.

  11. Finally my main blog hit PR4. Hope it stays. On a much more positive note another site I have hit PR6 and the blog for that site hit PR5. Other blogs and sites increased – no decreases which is nice.

    Good luck to everyone that cares about PR! I think it’s a good indicator of what’s going on.

  12. Yeah search geek – it will drop pretty soon. Just wait and see. If PR is nothing – then what are we talking about??

  13. Hi garry egan; Your has one bid on ebay….. is that bid from you? lol

    Let me explain; the PR of that site has zero to do with one bid on ebay. I’m thinking your posts must be a joke. :)

    To all others; keep having your wishful thoughts about pagerank toolbar stuff. It simply shows the extreme lack of knowledge and the BS surrounding the SEO industry. It’s what keeps others thinking that the industry is a bunch of idiots.

  14. PageRank has become an obsession with webmasters and developers. Having a good site does not equate to a higher number in some cases. The frustration of being an actual web site developer is that someone that just writes words and posts it on wordpress can get a higher pagerank than someone that just spent the better part of a year developing a site from scratch using the latest development tools and years of college education. Really quite sad yet the reality of the world. Words translate to dollars.

  15. I started a brand new site just for my name, and after only a month or two, with some links and some content, I went from a 0 to a 4. Maybe there’s some consideration for how limited your keywords are?

  16. @Doug Heil You obviously haven’t monetized your sites then if you think PR is a joke. Try monetizing a PR1 site and let me know how much you get per link. “…the industry is a bunch of idiots”

    Nope, just you. The only people who claim PR is worthless is people who can’t seem to get it right and try and discount it.

    Please don’t stop your thinking. It leaves more room for the pros who monetize sites for a living.

  17. Hey Loren,

    I did see my blog updated which in no Pr 2 though i don’t get time to update it neither link build it lol,,,,

    The real Page Rank how to check for that one buddy???

  18. My site used to be a PR5, then dropped to a 4 then to a 3 and now we are back to a PR of 4. During that time my SERPs have only improved & my traffic has increased. I used to get upset with the PR updates and then realized for sites like mine that do not sell advertisement space, PR is of little consequence if your keywords rank in the top 5.

  19. I do not know if Google updates the pagerank, but I already has over 1 years with a PR4, every time Google does not put it more difficult to attract visitors to our site, Google wants all the web traffic for them, is not just be left to compete and I am trying to get by with Google Adsense.Pero really earn a pittance if you have it 5 to attract more visitors.


  20. I just given PR2 in the last update
    But now when I check it on some PR checker site it shows 0
    Anybody knows what’s going on??

  21. Thanks for the info. Being a multi-Billion dollar corporation, I can’t understand why Google doesn’t update on a regular basis. Like, every quarter. Updates in three months, then 6 months, then two months, then 10 months is ridiculous!

  22. Thanks for providing this updated information…yeah i saw a fabulous update from Google Page Rank. Many sites which have PR-3 now they are PR-4, I noticed the PR effects not only the smaller sites but also the giant sites…like it is now PR-9. But I think is a new site which takes sometime to get some good Page Rank. what do you think?

  23. Hello,

    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 know when will google update the next page ranks ?


    Best Regards,

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  25. Does anyone knows when the next Google PR will be? Our website, my site is currently ranked PR3 but we hope we can get it to 5. How does this reflect on our SEO activities?
    Many thanks for your suggestions.

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