I was just messing around with Google Sites and noticed that as soon as I made my site the homepage had a PR of 9 (before it crosses your mind all the links it makes are nofollow).

The homepage of the test site I was playing around with is https://sites.google.com/site/samsnewsite030413/

Why does this happen as PR is on a per-page basis, and as the page is brand new how does it have a PR? I've seen a similar thing happen with Github project pages; they seem to have a PR8 as soon as they are made, it's not like they are running off a standard URL with JavaScript bringing in the content - they seem to be static pages with their own URLs.

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It's not PageRank of your home page but PageRank of https://sites.google.com.

You can check PageRank of Github home page here and you will see PR8.

This comes from HTTPS misunderstood. If you want the real PageRank of your page, check it with HTTP. I have checked it and your PageRank is N/A.

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    So if a page is using https:// it will display the PR of the homepage / root
    – sam
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 14:48
  • That's correct!
    – Zistoloen
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 14:49

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