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    Google drops PageRank while dancing


    We have encountered a strange problem;

    Theses are the following observations (As on 10 march):

    Case 1) when you type this URL in the browser: http://www.shaadi.com/
    According to the toolbar PageRank: 3
    cache:http://www.shaadi.com/
    Does not match any documents.
    links:http://www.shaadi.com/
    Does not match any documents.
    related:http://www.shaadi.com/
    Gives weird results.

    Case 2) when you type this URL in the browser: http://shaadi.com/
    According to the toolbar PageRank: 3
    cache:http://shaadi.com/
    Shows a page, which was uploaded before 13th Feb.
    link:http://shaadi.com/
    Does not match any documents.
    related:http://shaadi.com/
    Gives weird results.

    Case 3) when you type this URL in the browser: http://shaadi.com/index.php
    According to the toolbar PageRank: 2
    cache:http://shaadi.com/index.php
    Shows a page, which was uploaded before 13th Feb.
    link:http://shaadi.com/index.php
    Does not match any documents.
    related:http://shaadi.com/index.php
    Gives weird results.

    Case 4) when you type this URL in the browser: http://www.shaadi.com/index.php
    According to the toolbar PageRank: 6
    cache:http://www.shaadi.com/index.php
    Shows a snapshot of an affiliate site: http://www.shaadi.com/index.php3?ptnr=chennaionline
    link:http://www.shaadi.com/index.php
    Shows 4,390 backward links
    related:http://www.shaadi.com/index.php
    Gives related sites results.

    These all pages lead to the same page that is http://www.shaadi.com/index.php set as default. And prior to the dance we had PR of 6 and use to show the snapshot of homepage, which was uploaded on 13th Feb. with all the 4,390+ backward links.

    Thatís not all the DMOZ category and description as gone for all the 4 cases. Where as it use to show in google results (I have checked and we are listed in DMOZ). Can anyone please but some light into this matter? Is there any way out? Has some one every come across just a problem and counter it? If yes in which way?

    Regards,
    Umesh Gholap
    For www.shaadi.com
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    Part of the answer Umesh is given on this page:
    http://www.webworkshop.net/pagerank.html

    Look for the heading "Domain names and Filenames"
    Here is the first paragraph...

    To a spider, www.domain.com/, domain.com/, www.domain.com/index.html and domain.com/index.html are different urls. Surfers arrive at the site's home page whichever of the urls are used, but spiders see them as individual urls, and it makes a difference when working out the PageRank. It is better to standardize the url you use for the site's home page. Otherwise each url can end up with a different PageRank, whereas all of it should have gone to just one url.

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