Observation on Google PR Update Dec. 30, 2008

Pigmy Owl Eyes Looking

Google Page Rank Observations

I’ve had a little more time to look around today at the Lab and check out a couple of things I geek over after each PR update.

When is the latest Post in the Bar

I started playing this game over a year ago.   Once I know there’s a PR update I go back through the post one at a time to find out when I hit the first post that shows up as indexed (white bar not gray) and when the first post with any PR at all shows up.

It used to be nothing in the past three months would even show up in the bar as white.   That was true also pages/post with PR.   Then about two updates back I noticed there was a post that was less than 6 weeks old with PR2.   Today I noticed there were 3 posts in December with PR.

I threw in that Nov post for good measure.   The PR3 on the 12th (barely 3 weeks old) was a huge surprise.   The others were icing on the cake.   I know a lot of bloggers are only checking their homepage for page rank but I would suggest you check out some of your post as well.   I still don’t know what it is about a post that gets them PR but I find it interesting that it is always posts with comments.

Ready for an anecdotal observation:   It appears that comments coming from sites with a higher PR help the post.

On the Tucson blog there were three posts in December which had PR2

  • Dec. 16
  • Dec. 9
  • Dec. 7

The post on the Dec 16th was the newest of any of the blogs which had a PR update showing in the toolbar.

It looks like the Toolbar is getting updated closer to a live date than at anytime in the past.

I’m still seeing through my Google Alerts: which are on steroids right now. That posts are indexed on all the blogs in minutes.

Balanced Google PR

I would rather have a balanced PR for my site than a high PR for the homepage and no PR for the many posts on the site.   Take the time to tag your posts. Take time to use the All in One SEO plugin for experts and special keywords for the individual posts.   Check your posts for PR and see which ones have it and which ones don’t and see if you can find any trends in:

  • Title Tag Keywords
  • Tags for the posts
  • Content of the post
  • Search Results Ranking for the post
  • Number of comments on the post

These might be some indicators of how you can help yourself for future PR updates and rankings.


  1. Thanks for the tips! I have been looking into how to get my page rank up as well; these are good things to look into optimizing for my blog!

  2. Great tips! I will try to follow them from now onwards. All along, I have been more concerned with my home page’s PR than that of individual posts.

  3. I have usually been focused on my home page rank-good tip to look at overall page ranks for past posts as well; it can give you an idea of what topics you might want to revisit.

  4. Does the page rank of past posts really matter that much? Aren’t they all averaged into your overall main page rank?

  5. Do the page ranks of past posts go down based on traffic to those posts? Or is the rank based off of how popular is was when the post was “active”?

  6. Mary Ann,

    Yes, it matters a lot.

    No, the PR is not averaged for your main page. I’ve had a single post with a higher PR than the main page. It happened right here at the lab due to a large number of inbound links coming to a single post.

    Your overall site will rank better in the search engine results if you have multiple pages/post with PR. It also helps you with your long tails in getting found on the search engines.

    Finally, the more posts you have with PR the more authority your overall site will have and the better your Serendipitous Marketing Results.

  7. Margaret,

    PR is based on an ever changing algorithm at Google. PR goes up and down based on that algorithm and the number of back-links to that post. If you write post and even a year later new people find it and link to the post it can increase the PR to that post.

    Second, a post is always “active” as long as it is published. It might fall out of the Google index at which time it will have no PR, but it will still exist and still have opportunity to be assigned a PR in future PR updates.

    Just because a post is “old” doesn’t mean it won’t have PR or that the older a post is the PR to that post will decrease.

  8. I find that a higher page rank on a specific topic provides validation to me that Google likes my article and that I should continue to write to that specific quality.

    The page rank on your internal article can then pass on its PR juice to other articles and hopefully help them to rank higher within the Google search engine results page.