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10/13/09
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PageRank Distribution Removed From WMT

I was doing my daily perusing of our client sites in Webmaster Tools, and I noticed something interesting...

The PageRank distribution feature, once found on the crawl stats section under "Diagnostics," is no longer displayed.

Is this a permanent change?

Perhaps public PR is finally going to be dumped?

What say you?

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BloggerStop
10/13/09
BloggerStop
yeah...seems like that.... :(
A PR update was expected in OCT....that's also not there !
 
It'll be too boring working on net without seeing a PR for webpages !
vijayjt
10/13/09
vijayjt
Yep, PR seems to be missing for me too. I'm not sure if it's going to be permanently removed or whether there was a problem/bug with the feature that they are in the process of fixing. In either case it's strange that Google would just remove the feature without any official explanation on their blog to users?
Google user
10/13/09
Google user
>> A PR update was expected in OCT....that's also not there !

Who expected a PR update in October?
BloggerStop
10/13/09
BloggerStop
Well I expected an update !!!
Anyways.....generally in every 3/4 months the PR (the so called public PR) is updated
Susan Moskwa
10/15/09
Susan Moskwa
We've been telling people for a long time that they shouldn't focus on PageRank so much; many site owners seem to think it's the most important metric for them to track, which is simply not true. We removed it because we felt it was silly to tell people not to think about it, but then to show them the data, implying that they should look at it.  :-)

More details on why not to obsess over PageRank here:
   http://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/faq--crawling--indexing---ranking#pagerank
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thorshammerbc
12/23/09
thorshammerbc
The "Google Employee" answer above feels abit incomplete - and portrays an odd inconsistency. Why offer it as a tool (embedded in their Toolbar) and then turn around and "tell people not to think about it"? That doesn't make sense.
 
Nor do I agree with the statement here(http://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/faq--crawling--indexing---ranking#pagerank) stating that Google only updates the toolbar PageRank "a few times times a year". I've seen it change on monitored websites more than "a few times" in a year. Which begs the question: what's a few times a year? All in all Google is just being vague and misleading; this kind of stuff does not help us out in the web-building world. I don't think that's a answer to put any stock in.
 
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