Google bitch slaps me with another drop in Page Rank

I’ve just noticed my site has dropped another rank according to Google, I’m now a PR3. I was a 4 this morning, and a 5 before Christmas. Guess that’s what you get for selling links and blog posts.

You caught me Google, yer cheeky monkey!

I won’t change my ways though, and my Google traffic has increased if anything. This just shows hows inaccurate Page Rank is as a medium for measuring a website’s worth. Traffic is the true yard stick, so my yard is nicely formatted thank you.

Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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5 thoughts on “Google bitch slaps me with another drop in Page Rank”

  1. Do you think that this means that Google are actually starting to get good at detecting paid links algorithmically or do you think it’s a manual pickup?

  2. I think it’s probably a manual pick up, you can see which websites use the text-link-ads plugin for example by Googling it.

  3. Yes, they slapped me too on pages with no paid links.
    So what do you mean “text-link-ads plugin” – which is?
    I guess I’ll go over and take all outside links off of all my pages. What a bummer.

    On the question of whether or not google got good at detecting paid, I would say no, because if they are also pulling pages with regular links then they are penalizing sites that are not selling links. Also, if it was a manual pickup, then they didn’t google that text link plugin on me as I don’t even know what it is.

    Maybe they are detecting a related item with a cj link on it? That I do have (but not for long)

  4. It’s a catch 22, if your blog become bigger in profile and your page rank goes up and you start selling links / paid posts then there is a good chance that you’re going to get picked up by Google.

    If you keep a low PR then it’s less likely that your going to get picked up by google, but then you won’t be able to charge as much for your links as your PR is low.

    Maybe blogs will start selling links pricing then by likelhood of your site being picked up by google and slapped than charging by page rank.

    What kafulla

  5. You might even get blogs claiming their low PR scores are as a result of being penalised by Google, so in fact they’re actually very popular and worth advertising on – as opposed to just being low traffic, low ranked blogs.

    “look at me, I’m a PR 2 but should be a 7” etc…

    Crazy folk.

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