Today morning forums and groups were in mixed reactions after they saw that Google Toolbar and other SEO Plugins showing their site’s Google Pagerank to be 0 or N/A. The most trusted PR Checker (Google Toolbar) was also displaying the same error.
After a speculation, Forums and groups came to the conclusion that Google had removed Google Pagerank. Some were rejoicing at the thought while others were doomed! I came to know about the story from a Facebook group I am part of, We exchanged many theories there as to what would be the next measure of a website’s excellence. Some members told Alexa might be considered etc. While we all were sure that Google wont take such a drastic step. But still its not impossible.
After many hours of surfing I came across a twitter tweet from David Naylor, which had the following piece of Golden Nugget!
So that was all needed to satisfy me that Google Pagerank is not Dead! They had just changed the URL which queried the Pagerank from systems.
The Old URL Was This -
The New URL Is This -
You can manually check your Pagerank with the above URL by changing the checksum and sitename but there is problem that you cannot find the Checksum of your website effectively. I will soon update the post with any method I find.
UPDATE (07-10-2011) -
Google Toolbar has started working again but third party apps like SEQ Quake has not yet updated their code, So I will explain how you can edit SEO Quake to suite the new URL
Step 1. Right Click SEO Quake in the status bar of firefox and click Preferences.
Step 2. Choose parameters Tab and click on Pagerank.
Step 3. Click on Edit button.
Step 4. In the [URL_R] change the http://toolbarqueries.google.com/search to http://toolbarqueries.google.com/tbr and Save it.
Step 5. Start using it and it will display the correct Page Rank.
Till then you can try this method: (Use the above method)
Step 1. Install SEOQuake Plugin. Step 2. Search your sitename in Google. Step 3. Right Click the ‘?’ beside your Site PR in the SEOQuake bar. Step 4. Copy the URL and choose the Checksum from it and use it in the new URL.
Possibly the Google Toolbar has started working again! But third party applications and addons need to update to the new URL to get the Pagerank in their applications.