View Full Version : Google PR bar is grey, but site still climbing in the SERPS

September 10th, 2009, 01:28 AM
I recently revived an old page that resides on a subdomain. I did some article submissions etc to get it fresh links and I completely revamped the content on the page.

It actually already held a few SERP rankings, which surprised me since I didn't really finish it the first time around and I never focused on it like I should have.

Today I did a follow up on the SERPs to see if I had progressed, and sure enough the page is moving right up in the rankings. I wanted to make sure the video on the page was working properly so I went to the page and I noticed that the Google PR bar is greyed out.

Now, I try to ignore the field of green pixels most of the time, because I just don't see it as determining a site's value. But, I'm thinking being grey is not the best thing.

Does it mean the site is going to be banned, or that I did something wrong? I vaguely remember from way back in the early toolbar watching days that grey meant you were getting kicked out of Google's index. Is that no longer true?

Of course I googled about greybar pr to see what I could find and I'm just getting a mixup of a mess, including what looks like some recent talk about toolbar issues that I hadn't even noticed.

Looking forward to thoughts, opinions, and discussion. Thanks in advance.

recent info I found with some more googling

The N/A pagerank (grey pagerank bar) might be due to one of the following reasons:

(1) the web page is new, and it is not indexed by Google yet,
(2) the web page is indexed by Google, but it is not ranked yet,
(3) the web page was indexed by Google long ago, but it is recognized
as a supplemental (Supplemental Results) page,
(4) the web page or the whole website is banned by Google.

hmm... thinking.

Lynn Terry
September 10th, 2009, 06:24 AM
Good question. I actually uninstalled my Google Toolbars about a year ago and haven't been keeping up with it. I'll put my ear to the ground and see what I can find out. Unless it's changed it means a penalty of some sort - whereas white means no ranking yet (new).