Brand-new Google Toolbar PageRank Update – July 2011

pagerankupdateOn 18th of July, Google has updated once again the PageRank Toolbar values. We remind you that the previous update took place only 3 weeks ago, on 27th of June. From what we see, several websites were affected by this new update and many webmasters started to complain that their PageRank values dropped by 1 or 2 points.

If you want to check how your website was affected by the new update you can use our PageRank Check tool. Additionally we remind you that you can check the values from various Google Data Centers by using the Multi DC PageRank tool.

Why Google Updated the values so early?

As we discussed many times in the past, Google calculates the PageRank values constantly. Nevertheless they choose to publish the updates on the Toolbar only 3-4 times per year.

The new PageRank Toolbar values were calculated only few days after the previous update, that is between 12th and 15th of May.  As many of you noticed some of the PageRank values don’t make sense (high values on few fresh internal pages, dropped values on homepages etc) and thus one could expect that more minor changes are on the way.

I believe that 2 are the main reasons that lead to this early update: The first is the fact that Google.com received a PageRank 9 on the previous update and the second is that Twitter.com received a PageRank 0 due to technical issues (changes on the robots.txt and HTTP codes). The new update restored the PageRank 10 to Google’s Homepage and the PageRank 9 to Twitter’s Homepage. Last but not least we should note that Google has done early updates several times in the past, so this is not something that happens for the first time.

Did your website affected by the new Update? Did you spot any weird high values on internal pages? Leave your comment below!

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