Google PageRank Update on New Year’s Eve

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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.
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  • Gyutae Park

    Well, to followup my Twitter message, I did notice that one page on my site ( now has a higher PR than my homepage. 5 vs 3. Interesting.

  • Lowes IS a CANCER

    wow. moved from a 0 to 1. Pagerank is like chasing a rainbow, you keep reaching for it but you just never quite get there.™

  • krishna

    Oh my god….The page rank of mine dropped by a point.

  • Articlesbook

    Dear All,

    My Blog ( It was a 1 Page Rank, Now it’s 2. Thanks to Loren Baker and Search Engine Journal for this Good News

  • Dennis Sievers

    FYI, Matt Cutts also just confirmed the update on twitter.

  • Car Hire South Africa

    We noticed the change on some of our sites too. You win some, you lose some. Thanks for the update.

  • garry egan

    confirmed. in progress…

  • Firas Steitiyeh

    I started to run less than a month ago and now its PR 1 which is pretty good and impressive for me and i hope i can move it to the next level ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Saad Kamal

    PR 3 here ….but some of my sub-pages has PR 4..

  • Garry Conn

    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.

  • garry egan

    @ 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.

  • garry egan

    Us two ‘R’d’ Garry’s got to stick together, man.

  • Firas Steitiyeh

    any ideas every when does google updates it PR?


  • garry egan

    @Firas This latest update tool 305 days. It’s the longest on record.

  • awzm

    I noticed that Facebook fell from an almighty 9 to 7.

  • James

    Page Rank is dead!

  • Geoff

    Mine have stayed the same, or gone up, so pretty happy about the updates..

  • Shirley

    Home page same, interior pages looking good.

  • Allnutri

    No update Same PR

  • Ryan Beale

    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. :)”

  • kiran

    As far as my openion.PR is not having importance in now a days.Keyword positions and traffic is the main importance.

  • Website Design Orange County

    PR stayed the same, but our inbound links dropped by almost half five days ago!

  • Nick Stamoulis

    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.

  • Tina Clarke

    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.

  • garry egan

    @kiran It’s obvious you don’t monetize your sites then. PR is everything. Try monetizing a PR1 site and let me know how much you get per link…

  • Leanne

    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.

  • Amit Nyamtabad

    My homepage is still on with PR1 but some of the internal pages got some PR, I think that the update is gradual and will take over a week to complete.

  • James Dechvy

    Who really cares about noise like PR updates. Focus on being better at making money online.


    Mine dropped by 1 rank. I think for most sites, ranks came down. Google must have changed their algorithm.

  • garry egan

    @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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Prajapati Vijay

    Hey Dude!

    I got 4 PR.


  • Binu

    Still on 3 ๐Ÿ™

  • Market Segmentation

    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

  • Jarkko

    Funny, my blog http://planegrazy is quite new site, only few months and my PR raised from zero to three. Is it even possible or am I doing my SEO right :))

  • dreamfree

    my blog got pr 3 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anna

    Oh that’s the reason why my blog got an update from PR zero to PR 3! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hooray!

  • Storm Chaser

    Went from a PR0 to a PR4. The site was very new, about 3 months old. I nice New Years Eve surprise!

  • Doug Heil

    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?

  • cohnsey

    My site went down from a 5 to a 4

  • garry egan

    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.

  • garry egan

    To all of the PR doubters:

    f**ck y*o.

  • McRaaN

    My site page rank remains the same as that of last time.

  • Photo Canvas Prints

    My site page rank is up by 1 i.e 2 to 3

  • Vern at AimforAwesome

    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.

  • Erin

    Yes, my main site,, went from a 5 to a 6. We’ll take it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Search Geek

    Yeah, a new sports website is showing a PR3 after only launching 1 month ago. Thank you googlebot.

  • zafir

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

  • Aleksandar Ratkovic

    I’ve found out about this PR update on Twitter, too.

  • Doug Heil

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    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.

  • Chat

    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.

  • Matty Byloos

    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?

  • garry egan

    @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.

  • garry egan

    @Doug Heil I got a little carried away there with that last post. Please accept my apologies.

  • Pravish Thomas

    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???

  • Louise

    Ossian Productions

  • Matthew Loop

    Just got bumped to a PR of 2 …. whoohoo! I’d like to be at 3 0r 4 in a few months, though.

    Is PR updated quarterly?

  • Mansheb

    My site dropped by one point, ๐Ÿ™

  • double glazing

    We noticed ours go from a 2 to 1 on our double glazing website.

  • Divyaprakash

    Thanks for your information. Please tell me how to increase traffic to my blog.

  • Search Engine Optimization Tutorial

    I have seen the changes in my site’s Google Page Rank as well as back links on 31st December, 2008

  • criticdust

    Not much change on mine new blog, some posts got a pr 0 from no pr though.

  • used travel trailers

    congrats on the pr update, mine has remained at 3, that’s a nice goal to have, you should get there, just keep posting good content.:)

  • Dichroic Jewelry

    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.

  • Page Rank

    My site PR 2 ๐Ÿ™

  • Diseรฑador

    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.


  • Razor electric bikes

    Hey, this is good news, but my blog is new.. so no PR right now.. but thanks for this information man…

  • matty

    Oh well…pagerank stayed the same…better luck next time.

  • Renato

    nice post, and my post is not to short

  • Cybex Exim

    Google updated the toolbar rank again.This time they filtered more back links. Previously i have around 70 now i have just 10 back links left for my site But site rank well on all top keywords.

  • Neetu Sharma


    Now after 3 months from 31st Dec 08, Google finally update my site’s PR as on 2nd April 09.

  • Karthick

    My Page Rank dropped 2 to 1

    what should I do?

  • Adi

    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??

  • Matt Prados

    nice page rank post thanks.

  • Christian Music

    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!

  • sem services

    today Google has updated PR for my website. Now It’s 1 to 2. Please do comment if your PR also updated.

  • Learn Guitar Fast

    My website’s PR got updated tonight, May 30, 2009!

  • outdoor living furniture

    I know this is an old post, but same here. I have two site that got to PR2 overnight at the end of May.

  • scorpio

    I heard about your blog through Google Search Engine and it is very nice to see this. I am also having some of blogs like this and I have a nice website for Indian Free Classifieds

    Indian Free Classifieds

    Shipping Directory

    Part Time Jobs

  • Data Entry Operator

    Good info thanks for sharing.

    My blog has got a PR 3 and i am trying now to make it 4

  • nike dunk

    sucha a good new. thanks for your info.

  • website. designer in mumbai

    Thanks a lot …. this will really be very helpful and the matter of the fact is the whole content fall so smoothly at place …. make it very readable …. appreciate the effort.

  • TheNutri

    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?

  • Agencija

    Are they some official dates from Google aboout PR update?

  • camping table

    Mine went up two PR positions when this happened but went back down by 1. PR from google is so confusing. Do you think the new caffeine will affect it?

  • Rohit


    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,

  • ganesh

    how to insert the website searchengine in google

  • Shekhar

    i need to put my website on google , yahoo and msn search engine with free osf cost. is it possible ?

    i need key words while people looking on search engine surfing on net trekking in himalayas, trekking in himalaya, trekking in indian etc..

    please can you help and short out this how to do and what to do ?


  • tina

    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.

  • Matt Web Development

    I see claims that Google updated it’s PageRank on 12/31/2009 but I have not seen any changes to any of our clients’ sites. Has anyone else noticed this recent change?



  • Gourav sharma

    Anyone knows the next PR update? in last update i got PR4 for my forum now i am looking to have PR juice for my new blog….

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