Domain PR Dropped to Zero!

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I have recently purchased a domain with PR 7 from NameJet.

When registration under my name is completed at the Domain Registral, the domain PR went from 7 to N/A.

- The domain PageRank is real. There is no re-direction
- Before new registration, domain is not pointing to anywhere. After registration, it is pointing to the Registral's own nameserver.
- There is a under-construction page.
- Majesty SEO still shows historically thousands of links.
- Domain Tools does not show the domain has been dropped.

I have since move the nameserver to another dedicated nameserver.

My questions are: Will I get back the same PageRank as before I made the purchase? What could have been going on here?

I would appreciate very much if anyone has similar experience can share with me.
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  • Profile picture of the author kkchoon
    If this is a true PR7 domain, you should get it back soon. Do you still have content in there?
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  • I have heard of stories when WHOIS info changes Google usually drops the PR to 0, not sure if this is true however more than likley the info or the content on the site usually effects the ranking more, and are your backlinks still in place or valid ?

    If not start building again with quality backlinks and content, if its a mature site you should have no problems gaining your PR again.

    Hope this helps ...
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by RosieCain View Post

    I have recently purchased a domain with PR 7 from NameJet.

    When registration under my name is completed at the Domain Registral, the domain PR went from 7 to N/A.

    - The domain PageRank is real. There is no re-direction
    - Before new registration, domain is not pointing to anywhere. After registration, it is pointing to the Registral's own nameserver.
    - There is a under-construction page.
    - Majesty SEO still shows historically thousands of links.
    - Domain Tools does not show the domain has been dropped.

    I have since move the nameserver to another dedicated nameserver.

    My questions are: Will I get back the same PageRank as before I made the purchase? What could have been going on here?

    I would appreciate very much if anyone has similar experience can share with me.
    Just because there are a lot of links and no redirect does not mean that it was not a "faked" PR.

    People will fake PR by doing a 301 redirect from a bunch of sites. Then they sell it and turn the redirects off. Or sometimes they get the PR 7 through a bunch of bought links they subscribed to. After selling it, they stop the link package and the PR goes away.

    A sudden drop like you had though sounds more like it is just because of the new registration and it will be back soon.

    If you don't mind sharing, how much did you pay for this domain? PR 7's usually go for a LOT.
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    • Profile picture of the author CombatMode
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      Just because there are a lot of links and no redirect does not mean that it was not a "faked" PR.

      People will fake PR by doing a 301 redirect from a bunch of sites. Then they sell it and turn the redirects off. Or sometimes they get the PR 7 through a bunch of bought links they subscribed to. After selling it, they stop the link package and the PR goes away.

      A sudden drop like you had though sounds more like it is just because of the new registration and it will be back soon.

      If you don't mind sharing, how much did you pay for this domain? PR 7's usually go for a LOT.
      Agreed , Mikey this was exactly i wanted to say.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreestyleGirl
    Originally Posted by RosieCain View Post

    I have recently purchased a domain with PR 7 from NameJet.

    When registration under my name is completed at the Domain Registral, the domain PR went from 7 to N/A.

    - The domain PageRank is real. There is no re-direction
    - Before new registration, domain is not pointing to anywhere. After registration, it is pointing to the Registral's own nameserver.
    - There is a under-construction page.
    - Majesty SEO still shows historically thousands of links.
    - Domain Tools does not show the domain has been dropped.

    I have since move the nameserver to another dedicated nameserver.

    My questions are: Will I get back the same PageRank as before I made the purchase? What could have been going on here?

    I would appreciate very much if anyone has similar experience can share with me.

    This is EXACTLY what has to be twice this week with namejet.
    I have spent a lot of money of two names that were 100% valid PR6 and PR5.
    Both were at least 12 years old and had belonged to very reputable companies.
    One of them has many high level educational backlinks.

    I am in shock because I spent a lot of time making sure the pagerank was valid.

    Anyway I am very curious if yours ever came back ?

    Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author karismasand
      Maybe the person that sell the domain delete the links. Don't buy until you check links and until you are sure that links he support page rank will not disappear.

      Good luck
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
        Are you both (since there are two people claiming to have bought domains that did not pan out) sure you have set the names up the way they were setup before?

        Theres alot more that goes into checking a domain name than if the PR is valid.

        also do the site and info search again (should have done both on anything over a PR3) and make sure that you are still indexed. Either of you can feel free to PM and I will look into them.
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        • Profile picture of the author dburk
          Hi RosieCain,

          The first thing you need to understand is that domains do not have PR. Google assigns PR to individual URLs. Some tools that check PR do not make that distinction clear. So if you want to maintain PR you need to make sure that the original website URL structure is maintained, or add Permanent 301 redirects for any missing URLs. If not you will instantly lose all the link juice that flowed to those pages.

          Next, you cannot simply rely on seeing the links in "Majesty SEO", you need to go to the actual URL where each link was placed and verify that they still have links to your pages, and of course whichever link URL is in those anchors need to resolve to a live page on your new website, else they don't count.
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  • Profile picture of the author e21 SEO
    if the page has PR7 it must have thousands of backlinks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Domainate
    Did you pay a "too good to be true" price for it?
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  • Profile picture of the author bobcarlsjr
    without the original content and structure on the new site.. i'm afraid pr will continue to drop... backlinks can only do so much... if you get a brand new domain now and put nothing on it but point 3000 backlinks to it.. do you think you will even get pr2? think about it...........
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  • Profile picture of the author SasaIlic
    There are many ways to fake PR and the most popular and fastest is 301 redirect since website that you bought receives link juice and authority from other websites... Wait and see if your PR will comeback but this is huge fall froM PR7 to PR0 but let's see what will happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author techihunt
    I think you've been scammed
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  • Profile picture of the author FreestyleGirl
    Update, it took two weeks and the pr returned.
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