Google’s Matt Cutts: No More PageRank Updates This Year

pagerank-1306413240Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, said on Twitter yesterday that Google won’t be pushing out a new Google Toolbar PageRank update this year.

Niels Bosch asked on Twitter if we should expect an update to PageRank before 2014. In response to that, Matt Cutts said, “I would be surprised if that happened.”

It has now been 8 months since the last Google Toolbar PageRank update. In fact, the last update was on February 4, 2013 and honestly, I think PageRank is finally dead – at least the Toolbar PageRank.

I’d be surprised if there was another Toolbar PageRank update ever. Maybe Google will do one next year and then let it quietly go away forever.

Here is Matt’s response from yesterday:


Over the years, support for PageRank has dropped. Google never offered a Google Toolbar for Chrome or any add-on to show PageRank values. Google dropped the Google Toolbar for Firefox in June 2011. Internet Explorer is the last browser to still have a PageRank display offered by Google, but the data that flows into that display hasn’t been updated for over six months.

When we asked Google two months ago about when the next update would come, Google had no comment.

Earlier this year, Google said that PageRank in the toolbar wouldn’t be going away:

Update: This afternoon, Matt Cutts posted this timely video on PageRank:

For more on this, topic, check out our Google PageRank Guide.

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  • Indexory

    It is undoubtedly a great and useful tool to have

  • SBS Fence

    I would really want to see some PR increase of my Linkedin Profile:

    on which I have been working so hard since Jan 2013.

  • James

    I appear to be getting a page rank update this morning. Got a PR2 on an internal page that always had a PR0. Strange!

  • PR

    google page rank is faky with virtual companies having higher page rank than real brick and mortar public listed companies (no wonder internet turned into a gamer online – hardly anyone at websites,blog just busy playing online games ) , this all been politicised by seo companies ??? selling articial traffic click wares ppc malwares and lately artificial youtube and fb fan ,likes , comments and views. Google tycoon anyone ? game money the fools gold

  • jesse j

    100% agree, a site I made in March got updated to PR1 this year

  • Samuel King

    Really? As of Today Friday 6th Of December, I am noticing PR changes across my sites. I have always taken whatever Mr Cutts says with a bit of salt and this is another fumble from Mr Matt Cutts of google

  • Karun Verma

    Matt says no more PR updates this year but I just noticed some changes in the PageRank of few of my sites. Does anyone noticed that?

  • Karrie Morton

    How true it is that there is a PR update this month? Some of my friends said that their websites’ PRs are changed. Is it true that there is a PR update?

  • Jessi Linh

    I think the same

  • xoxo

    looks like PR update going on right now. So, Matt Cutts lied us again?

  • István Ujj-Mészáros

    My site’s pagerank is updated today! It is a relatively new site (started in February).

  • Kallol

    Quite unexpected but it’s a pleasant surprise – at last Page Rank updated today. Checked for a number of websites. Over the last week, the site moved from N/A to 0 and today it got PR 2

  • petrirahikkala

    It was updated today and my sites when all down one notch.

  • Foxygamer

    I’m confused about this, I recently went from page rank 0 to 1. How come my site got updated?

  • Navneet

    Page rank has updated , many websites are updated with next PR level ..check out yours

  • Navneet

    Page rank has updated , many websites are updated with next PR level ..check out yours

  • Social Media Manager

    Guys few websites got #Pagerank update ! Just to be clear, this is tongue-in-cheek. Do not buy #links just focus on strategy #SEO #Google

  • Tom Weyers

    So there is a Pagerank update in 2013 after all. I have been monitoring a data set of a few hundred URL’s and seen changes across the board. Long live PR…?

  • Funday Moon

    PR updated yesterday.

  • Dilip

    Yes…Today update google page. Now, Matt cutts would be surprised. He once again told lie with us.

  • Ankiit Gupta

    Well its the time for Matt Cutts to be “Surprised” (as per his twitter response as Today, the #PageRank update has been rolled out effecting the page rank of many websites. For instance, jumped from 2 to 7 and #searchengineland jumped from 6 to 7 !

    Check your #PR now and stay tuned for more updates

  • Kishore Kumar Mishra

    But today, it’s updated!!

  • James

    I win I saw it 10 days ago! YEAH!

  • James

    I said so 10 days ago. See my comment below.

  • Danny Cutts

    Well one of my sites has moved pagerank today… so as always I am not so sure what Matt Cutts actually knows….

  • kooky pirate

    page rank happened.

  • John Warne

    Strange, how Google can do this? Before few days Matt Cutts were saying that he will be socked if the Google updates page rank before 2014.

    I am little bit confuse what can we assume about this update?

  • Archie Ward

    OK, so it’s 2013 and we got the PR update. So I really wish Search Engine land would stop inferring things that aren’t actually said in Matt Cutts videos already for the sake of a headline.

  • Minh Duc Vu

    Yes. My niche site (created in May 2013) has jumped from pr n/a to pr4 when i checked. But still my main keyword was hit by penguin.

  • Social Profiles US

    Well, guess that isn’t true. Our page rank changed today 12-9-2013 to a PR 3. Guess Matt is surprised or lives in a different dimension where it’s a new year already. :)

  • Amit Panwar

    Google recently update many sites page rank on 6 December 2013

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