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Google PageRank Controversy

Is Google PageRank For Real?

Originally Published: December 7, 2004

Google Toolbar PageRank only for entertainment purposes?

"The PageRank that is displayed in the Google Toolbar is for entertainment purposes only.

Due to repeated attempts by hackers to access this data, Google updates the PageRank data very infrequently because is it not secure. On average, the PR that is displayed in the Google Toolbar is several months old.

If the toolbar is showing a PR of zero, this is because the user is visiting a new URL that hasn't been updated in the last update.

The PR that is displayed by the Google Toolbar is not the same PR that is used to rank the webpage results so there is no need to be concerned if your PR is displayed as zero.

If a site is showing up in the search results, it doesn't not have a real PR of zero, the Toolbar is just out of date"
"I'd strongly disagree with the statement that the toolbar PageRank is for 'entertainment purposes only'--millions of toolbar users use the PageRank display to judge the quality of pages.

I think it's also a little irresponsible to quote John Galt claiming to talk to some random person at Google, and then for you to quote it as a response from Google, which makes it sound more official. I'm happy to refute that this is any sort of official stance."

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