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No More Public Access To Google PageRank Scores 43

campuscodi writes: Google has confirmed with Search Engine Land that it is removing PageRank scores from the Google toolbar, which was the last place where someone could check their site's PageRank status. Many SEO experts are extremely happy at this point, since it seems that PageRank is responsible for all the SEO spam we see today.
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No More Public Access To Google PageRank Scores

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  • by EmeraldBot ( 3513925 ) on Thursday March 10, 2016 @01:38AM (#51670245)

    IE Google toolbar

    responsible for all the SEO spam we see today

    My elderly grandmother lives a secret double life as an SEO expert? Damn, her disguise is truly unbreakable...

    • IE Google toolbar

      responsible for all the SEO spam we see today

      My elderly grandmother lives a secret double life as an SEO expert? Damn, her disguise is truly unbreakable...

      On a more serious note, I don't work with SEO and search engine rankings at the moment, but did this toolbar really have a large impact on the field? I've never heard of people using IE's Google toolbar for anything more than a prank on a family member...

      • Re:Heh... (Score:4, Informative)

        by whipslash ( 4433507 ) Works for Slashdot on Thursday March 10, 2016 @02:24AM (#51670357) Homepage Journal
        Updated the summary. They removed PageRank scores from any toolbar that incorporates them: Firefox, IE, Chrome, SEOBook, etc.
      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        "did this toolbar really have a large impact on the field?"
        No, evidently. SEO is in my opinion a very dysfunctional area of business, which is basically built on making clients vague and unverifiable promises about their sites doing better in search results and hence more users seeing their pages. Most of the common SEO practices are actually things that the search engines actively penalise, and SEO companies get away with that partially because their clients are MBA idiots who'll believe anything and parti

    • Re:Heh... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Thursday March 10, 2016 @02:58AM (#51670415)

      I do not know your grandmother dear, but I dare say that she knows at least as much about SEO as most self proclaimed SEO experts.

      • by Tukz ( 664339 )

        I bet she's charges less though.

        Repetitively we get clients that pay thousands each month to a SEO companies that apparently does nothing.
        When we ask for documentation for their work, they are very elusive and never able to produce anything.

        They say they do all this work, but I can see from the log files and login history, they in fact do nothing at all on the website itself.
        Sure, they do some linkbuilding and stuff, but that's not worth thousands each month!

        SEO Experts is a scam, pure and simple.

  • My SEO has the ask.com toolbar installed and has her default search provider as Yahoo.com..
  • by erice ( 13380 ) on Thursday March 10, 2016 @02:18PM (#51672765) Homepage

    Google is still using PageRank, they just aren't showing the numbers to the public. This makes objectively measuring the effectiveness of SEO spam difficult. However, the effect on search is unchanged so I don't see the spamming going away any time soon. Email spam has never had useful measurements of its effectiveness and what there is mostly says it doesn't work. Yet it persists.

    • This is good to know. I am currently taking a digital marketing class and we are learning about Pagerank and how to grow your ranking organically. It seems this will make it much harder for SEO "experts" to do their jobs. Digital marketing is a fast growing field so school may have to rethink how they are teaching SEO. I started a blog to talk about the best digital marketing classes. Check it out if you have a minute. https://bestdigitalmarketingcl... [wordpress.com]

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