Confirmed: Google PageRank Update in Progress

By Daniel Scocco

It looks like the PageRank drops that we reported a couple of days ago (read Google Changing the PageRank Algorithm?) were indeed penalties being distributed to specific blogs.

The reason for the penalties it not totally clear yet, but Darren said that he got confirmations from two sources at Google that the penalties were being given exclusively for paid links, and not for cross-linking inside blog networks.

That would explain why many blogs recovered from the drop, including Problogger itself. Supposedly these blogs were wrongly associated with paid links, and Google reversed their PageRank to the normal level after realizing that.

The Google datacenters are still reporting scattered data, so it is difficult to know what will be the PageRank of some sites involved in the previous penalties (Andy Beard is trying to keep track of them).

The good thing is that most websites are actually seeing the PageRank update now, and many are going up. My other blog Daily Writing Tips went from PR0 to PR5, while Daily Blog Tips stayed PR5.

What about your blog, has it gained PageRank?


60 Responses to “Confirmed: Google PageRank Update in Progress”

  • Ankur Jain

    Yes I have also seen an increase in my PR from 0 to 2 on mySoftware Testing Blog. Here i would like to mention that I have never participated in any kind of link exchange/submissions and have just allowed the PR algo to take its own course through my content

  • Health

    my body and spirit blog has moved form no PR to 4 (first PR update for the blog)

  • Marko Novak

    Novak’s blog pagerank increased from PR0 to PR4.

  • Health

    there is something strange about this PR update-I made a blog just to own the domain and use it later,I haven`t made any link building or anything and yet it has a PR5

  • Shankar Ganesh

    My blog jumped from PR 0 to PR 5. Thank God I didn’t sell any links on my blog. Learning from this entire episode, I don’t think I’ll be selling links in the future either.

  • redwall_hp

    Cool! I think I may have been the first to notice this.

    By the way, my blog’s PageRank went from a solid “1” (which it had been for a long time) to a “3” now. It had been a three because of the way I was utilizing my domain before I started blogging (it was just a big list of useful websites…with barely any link backs). I installed WordPress on the domain instead about 5 months ago and have been blogging there since (I’ve been blogging for about 11 months, and I’ve been a webmaster for 3 years).

  • Raj

    Thanks Daniel, it’s all your guidance on blogging.

    My blog, MT Herald Dot Com, jumped to PR4 within 3 months of inception.

  • Daniel

    Raj, I am pretty sure that is your hard work and not my guidance :).

  • Raj

    I wasn’t knowing anything about blogging a few months ago until I landed on your blog accidentally. It was all your pepups and guidances that made me march. Keep up the good work and we are there to follow you.

  • Ben

    This page rank stuff is weird. My wordpress powered blog is now rated higher by page rank then my Blogger powered blog. The Blogger powered blog gets at least 10 times more traffic and has many posts in the top10 for Google search. Go fiqure. Guess I’ll just write content and let the SEO geeks worry about page rank.

  • Eli

    Mine went up one point.. though Google still owes me 1 more from its previous penalties…

  • Zybron

    Pleasantly so, from 0 to 4. Of course, that hasn’t changed the traffic visiting my site, nor do I expect it will. The one thing that I’ve learned from the pagerank hullabaloo is that it doesn’t really seem to matter at all.

  • Fahmishah

    I went from 3/10 to 4/10.yes!

  • precious

    My teenage cousin’s went up from 0 to 5, then dropped back to 2. Mine went from 0 to 3 and stayed there.

  • Mike Panic

    Randomn3ss has dropped to a PR3 from PR4, I sold one text link, once, for one month, back in March I think. O well. I’m so over page rank this and Technorati that – I’ll focus on creating content, driving traffic in and getting other sites to link to me more.

  • Jeremy Steele

    Mines up to PR 4 it seems. Not like it really matters though.

  • Bitten

    One of my blogs went from pr 3 to pr 2 and I wonder why: I certainly haven’t been selling links or anything like that.

    My other blog went from zero to pr 4. That was quite nice surprise.

  • Sean P. Aune

    I’ve gone from PR3 to PR4. Not sure how I did it, but I did.

  • Tejvan Pettinger

    Mine went from PR0 to PR3. A little disappointed because I’d hoped for PR 4.

    This has made me remove my banner ads for text link ads and linkworth text link ads – even though I haven’t sold any text links on the blog.

    Now I will have to find some new advertising – Maybe google adsense 🙁

  • Crenk

    I have seen my site go from a PR1 to a PR2. I think I am still wrongly getting penalised by Google for either text links or link farms, but not sure which one. Most PR predictors think i should be on a PR4, but no such luck yet!

  • charles

    Mine shot up to PR3 from PR0. I guess this matters to PPP bloggers. 🙂

  • David Airey

    After my recent ranking penalty, which was reversed, it was good to see an increase from PR4 to PR5.

  • Keith Dsouza

    I gained 1 from 3-4

  • WalterL

    Mine blog also lifted to PR4 recently. It was unexpected because I hadn’t any strong back links. This suppose a theory that google are also accounting content as a measure of website’s quality.

  • Kumaran


    I’m one of those people… My site Page rank has gone from 1 to 4

    I recently added Blogrush…Is this a problem?

  • Matthew K. Tabor

    I recently added BlogRush and not only survived Google’s carnage of late, but jumped up to a PR 5.

  • Emma

    Both of my sites went from PR 0 to PR 4. First PR for each of them.

  • Vikram

    Same here daniel!
    3 Months since inception, 2 months since I went from Blogger to WordPress and Now a Whooping Jump of Page Rank From PR0 to PR 4.
    Thats why I advocate everyone to use WordPress as its is “THE MOST” SEO Friendly Blog Software there is!

    How many have heard a PR 0 to PR 4 jump in just 2 months!

    Follow these two Rules and You would be rewarded:

    1)Use WordPress

    2)Dont try to GAME Google

    And Voila, Next PR Update, you would be the King of PR ! 🙂

    I guess am just “PR” High!! 😉

  • Ramkarthik

    I got a PR 5 from PR 0 in three months. Really happy about it. And Daniel I think your blog will get a PR7. Good luck.

  • Angela

    Wow, looks like a lot of blogs jumped up from 0. My newest blog is at a PR of 0 and it hasn’t budged, it’s a little less than 2 months old. My older blog is a PR 3 and that hasn’t changed either.

  • Ramkarthik

    Angela, your blogs haven’t got updated yet. There are many blogs which have not got the update. Yours might get it soon.

  • Brian Auer

    I got bumped up from a 4 to a 5 this time around.

  • damselseo

    I am so happy for this PR update because all of my blogs went up.From PR 0 to 3..hehhe!!!

  • Vikram

    Congratulations All of you guys! The lesser known Bloggers are really getting a Good PR Jump this time round!

    Daniel, I am sure your PR would jump up. DBT is an authoritative Blog!

    All the Best!

  • Daniel

    I was expecting a PR 6, but looks like it will stay at 6.

    Hopefully on the next one!

  • arctic

    My blog went from PR0 to PR5 either. ^_^

  • CompuWorld

    yeah..the update is taking place..

    I have PR3 and my URL is just 2 months old. I guess the reason is that I migrated all my posts from blogger to wordpress and this helped me earn good backlinks quickly..

    I promise never to think about paid links ever 🙂

  • Niralan Bobalan

    Today when I checked my google pagerank, I was shocked. It was an increase from pr 2 to pr 5. I didn’t expect it at all. I thought that my blog will remain at pr 2 or maybe increase to pr 3. I am just shocked!

  • Matt

    One of my blogs went up from 2 to 3. But another went down from 3 to 2. That last one had a post in it offering sponsored posts.

    Maybe they picked that up?

  • Vikram

    That might me possible Matt, however blatant selling of links is what Google penalized Bloggers and website for. Sponsored Reviews are a part of it, but its still unclear. Just one post should not make a difference, I guess.

    Like Andy, I have written a Post of Page Rank Update and Possible reasons for Page rank Drop. It is based on Daniel’s list of TOP 25 Blogs about Blogging.

    What do you think Daniel? What do you think are the possible causes for the PR Drop?

  • Alpesh Nakar

    I have taken a drop from 4 to 2 and my traffic has gone up! 🙂 Weird.

    I do use TLA, which I might consider in the coming weeks.

  • seeker

    I promise never to think about paid links ever

  • unclewilco

    My blog up from 0 to 4

    The shed site its part of down from 5 to 3 🙁

  • Symbian

    My Blogspot blog got PR5! Now I as cool as! And cooler than TUAW!

  • Chester’s Home Remedies

    One of my sites went from PR0->PR3. Not to bad for just writing about what I care about and not for SEO. I just started a new site and I hope I don’t have to wait 5 months for the next PR update.

  • Care Bear Kids

    The whole page rank thing is just crazy these days!!!

  • Your Natural Remedies

    I had TLA in my side bars and I think it really hurt me.

  • sunty singh

    the PR 0 factor is screwing up things like anything, well somehow some of the pages of my webiste has been given a zero page ranking like

    could someone say me why has this happend? m worried abt it

  • sunty singh

    hey hi seo trader good tool for checking the PR brother keep up…

  • Jeremy

    My blog still has a PR0 … I’m bummed. My blogger blog has a higher pagerank yet this blog is incredibly better. URG….

  • barbaros

    It is Google, no one knows what he does,how and why with page rank.I start believing backlinks does not play any role anymore with pagerank.Some of my websites with high pr backlinks and quality content went down,but some with no backlinks went up so you work out.

  • ocean

    nice usefull info mate.. how to increase google back links.. any gud idea????

  • yemen

    Thanks for picking the link, your post is also valuable.

    I heard that Google is taking action to correct that difference, but so far I would still use a 301 redirect to be sure!

  • Cufflinksman

    How long does it normally take for PR’s to increase?

  • travel directory

    My site is waiting for next update, currently it’s zero but 3 of my other sites got pr 3 last update … so happy

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