This 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 google.com. 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 Facebook.com. 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.
CNN.com 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 google.com 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.