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I just saw a website, its PR 10. Now this is impossible as the websites quality is nowhere near PR 10. I know that one can change to PR to show 10 if he redirects the site but in this case, its not getting redirected anywhere. I am pretty sure something is wrong with it. Please help me out.

The domain is www.virginia11.info

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How are you checking PageRank? – danlefree Aug 14 '12 at 5:12
Wow, the Holy Grail! ;) The "SearchStatus" browser extension for Firefox also returns PR 10 for that URL. Does anyone have the Google toolbar installed with the PR tool enabled? However, I do smell something funny. All other (indexed) pages on that site that I've tried return "unranked". Does anyone really know the internal PR that Google uses? – w3dk Aug 14 '12 at 8:24
@danlefree: I use an addon but I am not the only one who sees the same PR. – Fahad Uddin Aug 16 '12 at 23:15
Interesting to note that almost 1 year on and this site doesn't exist anymore, there is nothing indexed by Google and the corresponding PR is null. So, something went wrong it would seem!? – w3dk Jul 30 '13 at 22:40
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There's a few explanations for the mismatch of PR and site quality; and some are black-hat SEO techniques. Normally when this happens, it's because of some kind of large

First, a server redirect for search bots to go to a different site (Probably much higher quality).

Second, PR takes a while to impact. The site could have degraded significantly in the past few weeks due to a change in management, domain sale, etc.

Third, the PR resource you looked at might not be 100% accurate (or a paid site).

And fourth, only for objectivity, your perception of a 'high quality' site isn't the same as what Google or Yahoo or Bing! thinks.

TL;DR There are many explanations for this kind of behavior, some are blackhat, others are just mistakes.

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