Fake Pagerank – Forged Google Rank

Why would one want to have a fake pagerank? Google PageRank is a factor that determines a websites price. Usually the higher your pagerank is the more cash you can get for your website or advertising space on your website. Many webmasters are also buying pagerank for their website(s). A link to you on a website that has a pagerank of 8 will pass some juice to you and google’s robots will see this as a good vote for your website. Sometime later your web page may end up with a higher pagerank. The popular belief is that pagerank is all it takes to make your website more popular and thus appear in search results more often. While it is one factor to determine the positions of your web pages in search engines, it certainly is not the only and most important one. The recent google penalization of selling text links has cooled down matters a little bit, but websites with forged google pageranks still appear daily in the webmasters markets. Now that the reasons of why one should fake a page rank are known, we will look how this is done and how to avoid purchasing such websites or advertising on it.


There are two possible indicators that show google pagerank may not be valid. One is when a page shows pagerank in online tools but does not have any or very few backlinks in google. For example a website claims to have a pagerank of 7, but when you check it with the previously mentioned tool it shows no or very few backlinks (50 is very low for a website of PR7).

The Second possible scenario is when a domain is masked to redirect to a higher PR site. The masked page will temporarily gain the pagerank of the page it was masked to, even after the domain masking is taken down. All a person has to do in order to fake a pagerank is use a redirect for their domain and point it to a high pagerank domain. In the Google toolbar it will show the PR of the page it was pointed to.


Detecting a fake PR is fairly simple. If you think that a site is showing a fake PR, then simply take a look at its cache version on Google. Make sure you check both instances, with and without the www prefix. One may be redirected, while the other not!

  • Check cache by going to google and typing in
  • Check cache by going to google and typing in
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In this example here we see an actual website faking its pagerank. While we have typed into the search box, the results returned the website, from which it was taking the PR. It is either doing a 301 / 302 redirect directly or with the use of cloaking. 301, 302, 200 are status codes which tell your browser what to do next.

  • 301 – Permanent Redirect
  • 302 – Temporary Redirect
  • 200 – Connection Established and The Request Has Succeeded

To find out whether it is doing a 301 / 302 redirect directly or indirectly with cloaking, you have to look at its HTTP Header. To find this out go to Header Status Check Tool and type in your desired domain. In our example below we can see that the website in question was not using direct redirecting, but with cloaking. It is only redirecting the GoogleBot to with either a 301 or 302 Status code on the basis of its IP address or User Agent field.

http header check

So next time you buy a website, domain or advertising on a particular webpage, be sure to check out these indicators! If you are suspecting a faked pagerank, leave this website and search for another one. Detecting a pagerank that is forged can be done with online tools too, but I always recommend the manual check, so you can see what exactly it is doing.

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17 Responses to “Fake Pagerank – Forged Google Rank”

  1. 1
    Mitu Says:

    well i am satisfy with your post i was in need to know about forged pagerank and i found this useful information

    thank you very much for sharing

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    Steven Says:

    Thanks for the seo tips. I now know more about websites!

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    Robert Kennedy Says:

    Very interesting post. I will be sure to check out those tools.

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    Pavan Kumar Says:

    Thank you for a very good and informative post. Thank you :)

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    software Says:

    This topic is very interesting for me. We knew we were to loose one domain soon, so we bought a new one and set up a 301 redirect from the old we were going to loose to the newly registered. This redirection was kept for about 2 months. Google glued 2 domains together, the new domain started showing same PR as the old one. Now old one is gone, actually stolen by competitors. The fake pagerank detection tool shows old domain has a forged PR. And I really hope its going to loose that unreal PR soon.

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    pagerank Says:

    Thnx for the valuable information but I wonder how this pagerank lose its value? and also is there any value to get a backlink from a fake-pagerank domian?
    In fact I’ve bought some fake pageranked domains and I dont know what to do with them… Is there any good to take links to my websites from those domains or is it worthless also?

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    admin Says:

    Only google knows the exact algorithm behind pagerank, so only google may devalue or uplift your pagerank. One very known reason on why you can lose pagerank is if google catches you selling paid links for the only purpose being passing pagerank.

    There is value of getting a link from a faked pagerank domain. But this value is proportional to the real pagerank value the domain has, which is most likely 0. So in essence the value of such a backlink is basically zero and it’s in no way worth to purchase such domains.

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    pagerank Says:

    thnx for the info. I’ve translated your article to Turkish at with a credit to your site.

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    Rian Says:

    Nice post.

    Another tool people can use is

    This tool checks for redirects as well and is very accurate in verifying pageranks.

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    reyality Says:

    Why did you choose for demonstration?
    if you want to imply fake relegion but not pagerank then you are wrong beacuse not fake as it were in the real life :)

    Check it out:

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    admin Says:

    Mankind is free, thus everyone is free to believe whatever they want to believe. I did not imply anything. This post is about pagerank not religion.

    It was merely a coincidence and the first website that I have found to forge the pagerank. This article was written over 2 years ago and indeed in the meantime the demonstrated website became a parked website that is not faking the pagerank. However, the procedure still remains the same to find out new websites with a fake pagerank.

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    Becky Says:

    It seems to be a very good article. Thanks for the tool.
    However I have a question. Even if the pagerank is forged, why are there still many auctions on sites like godaddy to sell these sites?
    And if I try to buy one and host it, will the pagerank remain as it is or will go away?

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    admin Says:

    The auction websites such as godaddy never check this information, even though in my opinion this should be a prerequisite for each and every domain auction. When they’re not checking this they are basically allowing a lot of fraud to occur if people don’t do their homework.

    If you buy a domain with a fake pagerank you will end up with just that, a FAKE pagerank, thus that means it’s non existent. It shows a pagerank from a different high PR domain, while the real pagerank in reality is 0.

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    sam.j Says:

    I have seen lot of blogger’s faking PR on payperpost blog review site, they must be making good money out of this…

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