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Is it possible to fake Google PageRank?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by theleanhorse, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. theleanhorse

    theleanhorse Junior Member

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    I'm looking at buying a website and the Google PageRank is 5 when I check it myself. I'm wondering, though, is it possible for someone to somehow fake the PR of a site? I've heard of people inflating their Alexa ranking (this site is in the top 100K sites) but I've never heard of anyone being able to fake Google PR.

    Is it possible that site owner has inflated his PR for the sale of the site?
     
  2. Swiss

    Swiss Power Member

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    It's possible, yes. With a 301 if I'm not mistaken.

    Check the domain with this:
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    http://fakeprchecker.com/
     
  3. no4h~

    no4h~ Regular Member

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    What's that tool even check for? It says my domains PR was forged lol.


    Why does it matter if he did? The PR isn't going to magically drop as soon as you buy it. If you checked the PR of the website and it matched what he said it was, you're fine.
     
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    It's very possiable for it try using scrapebox fake pr checker it will tell u if it uses the 301 redirect
     
  5. theleanhorse

    theleanhorse Junior Member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Maybe I'm not understanding something, but I can tell he's not using a 301 redirect because I can go to the site and it doesn't redirect anywhere. I land (and stay) on the site I expect to land on, which is the URL that I'm thinking about buying. And I'm actually checking the PR of the site that I'm going to.

    Swiss - I guess if he has some other high quality PR5 site maybe he could point it to the site he's selling using a 301 and that would pass the PR after a couple of days and then once I buy it he'd obviously pull the 301 down - is that what you're saying?
     
  6. Swiss

    Swiss Power Member

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    Yeah, that's what I'm saying. I've seen it a couple of times, that someone just fakes the PR with a 301 for the auction, then removes it again and uses the same trick with a different site he's selling. Same with the Alexa rank.

    Oh and you can't tell if he's using a redirect TO that site you want to buy when you go on it, because a different and most likely unknown site is redirecting to it. Not the other way around.
     
  7. SuperLinks

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    Yes indeed. There can be a time frame between when the site stopped 301 redirecting to a high PR domain and when Google updates the PageRank.

    For example, lets say website A was 301'd to Website Z that had PR 5, at some point it will gain the PR of Website Z and show a PR5.

    Once Website A stops 301 to Website Z there will be a time period when it will still show a PR5 but not actually have any pagerank at all.

    The best way to verify is to check the backlinks for REAL backlinks. I've seen sketchy scammers that will build out some blog comment spam to make it appear like it has real backlinks.