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    PR still 0 after redesign 6 months ago?

    The website of a friend of mine was redesigned about 6 months ago, and yesterday he checked the page rank for the sub pages for the first time. All the pages used to have at least a page rank, but now only the main page has PR4. And some of the other pages suddenly get PR0.

    I read the Google FAQ, and it says that it should come back after a while. But this has probably been going on since the new design was put online, and thats about 6 months ago.

    First I thought maybe the long urls might have something to do with it, they look like this. (http://griekenland.net/index.php?exe...story=Recepten)
    I told him to use mod_rewrite, but the guy who coded the website thought this was fine as well. Is it...? Or might Google bot choke on the url?

    After trying more pages at the several pagerank checkers I found that the main page (http://www.griekenland.net) does have PR4, but if you add index.php after the url (http://www.griekenland.net/index.php) it has PR0. According to the pagerank tool in IE, the pages that got PR0 are completely random.

    What might be going on here? Might this still have something to do with the new design, even after 6 months? Or would the long url have something to do with it? And what about the url having PR4 without index.php, but PR0 if its included?
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    Right. First off, the time since you redesigned the site has no reflection on PageRank. It is to do with the number of backlinks you have gained. How active have you been advertising/trying to get backlinks?

    Secondly, the "/" vs "/index.php" issue is caused by Google processing them as two seperate pages, just like they will with "http://griekenland.net/" and "http://www.griekenland.net/" this is a popular SEO topic called content duplication. The best way to solve this is to build an .htaccess file which will redirect "http://griekenland.net/" to "http://www.griekenland.net/" (or the other way round of you wish) and "/index.php" to "/".

    Make sense?
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    Its not my own site, but as far as I know nothing changed with the backlinks. It should still be the same, but i'll check and make sure.

    I think I know now whats going on, he owns most of the sites that have links pointing to that site. Maybe these sites lost their pagerank, and in the process took the pages on Griekenland.net with them.

    I'll look into whats inside the current .htaccess file.

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    Yes, and make sure that all backlinks are the same. For example if a site linking to you has linked using the URL http://griekenland.net/ make them change it to http://www.griekenland.net/
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    Try to get some links to the pages your not getting Pr on. Sounds like the links that listed pages are not valued as much by google anymore.

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    1. Since your friend has uploaded the new website, only one PR update had happened. I assume the webpages did not have enough authority by then, hence PR0. And note, that the PageRank would be revised in the next Google PR update, so up untill that do not expect any changes to the Page Rank. Instead try to build the social contacts, like, BackLinks, Press Releases, Writing interesting/informative articles, etc. There is so much to do for increasing the credibility of a website.

    2. Check that, the links to the website from your friends other websites are not from the same IP address as the websites' itself. This is defined as link spamming and would not benefit of any links.

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    Any 404's (or 302's) from the previous design? Redirect them to the new pages.

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    Did the URLs change structure after the redesign or not?


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