Google’s Matt Cutts is saying that any PR update from Google before end of 2013 will be surprising for him, so we can’t expect any release of data regarding with PageRank of websites before arrival of 2014. Responding to a tweet from Niels Bosch, CEO of AmongTech.com, on October 6, Matt Cutts said that “I would be surprised if that happened”. It confirms that Google is not going to release PageRank data sooner.
PageRank is a strong and the most reliable metric which is taken in account while evaluating the value of domains. But now it is being said that Google may soon discontinue the PR update, but some others say that only toolbar PR update in browsers is going to be discontinued (which was only available in Internet Explorer) and the metric will stay available internally.
If Google discontinues the PR metric, only MOZ’s Domain Authority (DA) and Majestic will be left behind as the reliable metrics for evaluating the value of domains, but they aren’t authentic at all like Google’s PR metric. Domain Authority is calculated via backlinks count only and the number of inbound links to a domain decides its DA, not the quality of links. Majestic is also not much reliable as PR, so if Google discontinues the PageRank metric, it will then become too complex for domain buyers and sellers to estimate the value of domains accurately.
Since the first PR of 2013, eight months have passed, but Google is yet reluctant to release the data for second PageRank of 2013, and Matt Cutts words confirm that we can’t gain access to the PR data before 2013 ends. If Google doesn’t release the 2nd PR, February’s update will be the first and last PR update in 2013 and we will need to wait 2014 to arrive with any possible news regarding this.