My pagerank isn't making a lot of sense. I am happy to see it go up, but the way in which it is going up seems random, particularly as the rank of the www and non-www representations of earthcode.com differ a lot.
First, let me say that the www and non-www "versions" of my site are completely identical – they are "versions" only insomuch as Google seems to perceive them differently. The stats are:
- non-www: PR 5 (WTF)
- www version: PR 2 (well I'm happy that it's no longer a PR1)
The spread is broad, and therefore strange (the omniscient googlebot can't tell they are the same site?!). Especially when I have the 301 redirect in place? But it's stranger when you look at the inbound links (according to yahoo; Google famously undercounts backlinks):
- non-www: 1024 links (almost all from one domain)
- www version: 1700, from at least 50-100 different sites
The net-net: I have more links from a *much* broader range of sites to my www site, yet the pagerank to my non-www site is significantly higher.
I have (for some time now) been 301 redirecting my non-www traffic to www, envisioning the www "version" as the "real" site. Now it's unclear what's best – if I continue to redirect, non-www to www, will the www acquire the PR 5 as part of the 301 redirect mechanism? Or should I direct www to non-www so visitors see green in the toolbar? Will Google rectify the two "versions" of my site in favor of the pagerank 5, or the pagerank 2?