How to Check Fake Pagerank Domains

Here is a complete detailed guide on how to check fake pagerank domains. Learn how to spot and identify fake PR domains. First, let’s understand what is PageRank. Google pagerank is a scale ranking system which ranges from PR0, PR1, PR2, PR3, PR4, PR5, PR6, PR7, PR8, PR9, and PR10. PR10 is the highest, while PR0 refers to new web page that haven’t been ranked yet.

The PageRank number show the importance of a particular web page. The higher the pagerank or PR of a web page is, the more important it is. While obviously there are PR scammers that fake the pagerank of a domain, they do a 301 redirect scam which fakes the PR of their domain.

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Learning how to check fake pagerank domains, may help save you a hundred or even thousands of dollars, so before buying a domain with a high PR, consider following this guide.

Guide on how to check Pagerank domains

  1. Never rely on PR checkers. PR checkers do not check for the 301 redirect pagerank scam.
  2. Using info:domain (e.g. plus SEOQuake or PageRank toolbars in Google search is not a good way of checking a fake pagerank site. PR scammers nowadays uses a technique that can even fake the Google pagerank toolbars.
  3. In checking for fake PRs, use Open Site Explorer, remember to check both the domain with “www” and without the “www” (e.g. and
    • PR5 or more should have a Domain Authority of 50 or more. The higher the Domain Authority, the better.
    • You should see a wide variety of links coming from different domains. Many links should be listed, unless one of the links comes from a PR7+ site.
    • Majority of the links should not be just blog comments.
    • Open Site Explorer also indicates if a domain was 301 redirected which gives a fake pagerank.
  4. Go to Internet Archive where you can check and see the history of the domain. A PR5+ domain should have quality content. Using the Interent Archive, you can also spot for 301 redirects.
  5. Go to Majestic SEO and Backlink Watch and check for the links again. Majority of the links should not be based on comments. Check the links manually, and make sure that it’s not a paid link. Some domain sellers buy a ton of homepage links for about a month or so, the sell the domain, and stop paying for the “paid” homepage links. A legit PR5+ site, should have links from respectable and high-quality sites.
  6. You can check the domain in Google, and check for the cache. Sometimes Google cache screenshot lets you can spot which site was 301 redirected to. Although you should not rely on this method, as some PR scammers even has a technique for this.

Before buying a high pagerank domain, you should first check whether its legit and not faked. This can save you a lot of money as high PR domains are being sold on higher prices. While the process of identifying fake PR domains is time consuming, you should always do some research and verify if the high PR domain you will be buying is legit or not. This article aims to help you spot and identify fake PR domains. Hope this guide help you know how to check fake pagerank domains.


  1. GeekyLoves April 11, 2012
    • AKM Borhanice October 19, 2012