Google Pagerank Update November 7th, 2011 Follow-up

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GoogleThis is a follow-up to the article I wrote a few days ago about the Google Pagerank Update that happened on November 7th, 2011. It was basically meant as a notification that Google did update Pagerank and if you are a little tuned into it you might want to check your site and pages.

Initially I didn’t spend a lot of time checking a bunch of websites myself. I really don’t have the time to analyze all kinds of sites for Pagerank just for the fun of it. I took a quick peek at my own and a few others, but that was about it.

Now that several days have passed since the update I did get a chance to at least check a couple of popular sites more thoroughly. A few sites stood out as kind of unusual, which is why I would expect another update within a couple of weeks time.

One site that stands out is It was a PR10 before the update and now it dropped to a PR9. I didn’t notice it at first because the toolbar looks almost the same visually at PR9 and PR10. I highly doubt that Google would let their own main site fall to a PR9. You never know, but I don’t think so.

The same thing happened to They were a PR10 and after the update they also dropped to a PR9 as well. Although it is possible that they could drop down I have doubts about this one too. I believe they should still hold the PR10 they had since it is one of the most linked to sites right now. was a solid PR10 for quite a while and after this update they also fell to a PR9. I don’t follow CNN as much, but I do know a lot of sites link to CNN so this one is very questionable too.

Those are just a few examples of the top dogs that had changes that maybe shouldn’t have.

There are also a number of sites that I frequent that dropped slightly that probably shouldn’t have.

A popular forum I visit for updates and information people were saying that their website had jumped to a PR4 or a PR5 from PR0. Some of them even stated that their site was only 2 weeks to 2 months old. Although it’s not impossible, but I do find it a little unusual to gain that much ground in such a short period of time. If that is truly the case they either built backlinks at some really high quality authority sites or they spent hours upon end doing so. Of course it is also possible that Google mistakenly rewarded them with more Pagerank then they should have.

I am kind of leaning towards Google might have messed up the November 7th, 2011 Pagerank Update. Especially when dropped to PR9, along with several other out of the ordinary noticeable changes.

Now I don’t work for Google and I have no idea what their Pagerank update plans are, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see another update / tweak / correction in the coming weeks.

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      A guest post that got a PR5 in about 2 weeks time, that is a strange one indeed. Still that it’s nice to see something like that happen to your blog.

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    Awww…I missed benefiting from that update, my blog didn’t rank at all, I started working and focusing on it just recently.

    Hopefully it will rank on the next update. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

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      I have started new projects in the middle of a Google PR update and missed out on a few occasions until the next update. Not a big deal, and it gives you more time to work towards the next one.

  2. Anna


    Google page ranking system has always been for me a bit blurry. You made here nice points and very vast info. However, do you think that this update is a significant improve to the ranking system?

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      I think Google is constantly changing something. Probably so much over the years they don’t even know if they got things right anymore. It seems like they have made a bunch of changes this past year or so. I don’t recall them doing so much a few years ago, and certainly not in the earlier days. All we can do is see what they do or come up with next. Some of the changes over the years I am alright with, but not all of them. I would love to sit in on one of the meetings Google has about rank, spam, search quality, and that kind of thing. I don’t think they would let me though!

  3. Rose


    Perhaps Google has changed the rating criteria, so that it is harder to reach PR10. Who knows. I think it’s kind of sweet that they are willing to downgrade themselves – it makes you believe that they really decide these things algorithmically.

  4. Cream Collins


    Actually I am expecting this page rank update, having google not having an update for merely 3 months is too long. I do not know if you already figured it out but Google definitely drop a single page rank. It will be hard getting a good page rank this time around knowing this circumstances.

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      I noticed Google dropped to a PR9. I am kind of thinking they may update in the near future to a PR10 again. If not I would be a little surprised. You never know about Google and what they are up to though.

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      I’ve heard a few people that say they got a nice PR bump in a few short weeks. You must have posted or published at the ideal time that Google was in the process of updating or the sort of cut off line maybe.

  5. Noel Addison


    Receiving high PR from Google is becoming tougher. If reputable sites got lower PR after the update what more with the smaller and less popular sites?

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      I was just thinking about this the other day myself. If the big sites are seeing a PR drop, then it is very likely the smaller less popular sites are going to have a much more difficult time too. Everyone naturally links to the big popular sites. It is already tough enough for a smaller site to get links.

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    As for my site, contrarily to those young site having got a higher PR, the PR went down from 4 till 3 …
    Hopefully the next update will counter the situation !

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    Today is my saddest day , There is no pr increase for my site . I thought of getting atleast PR 1 , but now i have to wait another atleast 3-4 month. Also today i found out , Akismet marking my comment as spam. what a bad times for me. Well admin i hope you will mark my comment as not spam.

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