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Google slapping PageRank Penalties

As in it’s all over the blogosphere now. A lot of popular sites have been slapped with PageRank penalties, some scrambling for their lives. And some though it was just this blog.


Here’s a long list of very popular and trusted sites been drastically affected by the recent PageRank update.

http://www.downloadsquad.com PR5 -> PR4
http://www.autoblog.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.engadget.com PR7 -> PR5
http://www.problogger.net PR6 -> PR4
http://www.copyblogger.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.joystiq.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.tuaw.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.searchengineguide.com PR7 -> PR4
http://www.searchenginejournal.com PR7 -> PR4
http://www.johnchow.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.quickonlinetips.com PR6 -> PR3
http://weblogtoolscollection.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.seroundtable.com PR7 -> PR4
http://www.blogherald.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.washingtonpost.com PR7 -> PR5
http://www.washingtontimes.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.forbes.com PR7 -> PR5
http://www.sfgate.com PR7 -> PR5
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com PR6 -> PR4

This is what Google has been announced recently — sites selling raw link for PR juice will be penalized.

So, did the recent update affected your blogs/websites?

It is also possible that this recent update is screwed in some way. If you remember some 6 months ago when that PR update was so screwed some sites easily get PR6 and even on blog I owned for 6 months got a PR8 page. Maybe this time, it’s the other way around.


Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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42 Responses

  1. markku says:

    Really bad news! Are you on PR3 now Abe?

  2. noemi says:

    Some are saying it is a penalty? out of my three (3) PR 6 sites, two of them are now mostly PR 4 in the google datacenters. Incidentally, the my lone PR 6 site is my old webhosting site which has no paid text links ads at all. lauren’s blog retains a PR 5 even if she has text link ads . Mine is now PR 3.

  3. jozzua says:

    Yeah saw it coming yesterday as the datacenters were updating. 2 Points down on my own blog as well.

  4. jhay says:

    This is scary, I hope Google doesn’t reduce my PR 5 rating. It’s time to review those link ads once more.

  5. Alwell says:

    Before I read your post I already noticed some decrease in PR of some of my favorite websites. So far my sites were not affective maybe because I only have two PR4 which is not that high.

  6. Kaya pala biglang nawala sa first page yung site ko. I even have screenshots that were taken just 6 hours ago. Ang bilis nawala parang bula :(

  7. Mine got hit with a -2 penalty as well. I also saw that although the Inquirer, Manila Times, and Phil. Star’s sites still show PR 6 on the toolbar, a LivePR check shows that those media giants also lost PR.

    http://www.pinoymoneytalk.com/2007/10/25/popular-sites-lose-pagerank/

  8. I’ve read several posts on Google penalizing sites selling links lately.

    I’m at 0, buti nalang walang negative.

  9. Rico says:

    I understand getting scared, since the almighty PR is literally an indicator of income. But what I don’t understand is how some people feel entitled to their previously high PR.

    In any case, as the rules of the game change, we’ll see who adapts and who doesn’t.

  10. leo says:

    Is PR thing really that valuable? As long as my earnings doesn’t change, it doesn’t seems to bother me at all. Oh, I don’t sell links anyway.

  11. Bryanboy says:

    mine is PR5.

    yeehaw!

    but then again, i’m not into the whole pagerank thing so it’s the least of my priorities, really.

    :)

  12. Aja Lapus says:

    Is Google trying to imply that TLA should be avoided? It is more profitable for me than Adsense. Please don’t take away my PR!

  13. Jaypee says:

    In Copyblogger’s case, he said that he never sold any links on his blog. There are other theories why these big time blogs got penalized.

    http://jaypeeonline.net/internet/google-pagerank-update-results/

  14. DesignPinas says:

    There was a PR update?

  15. PR ng blog ko ng drop din. From PR-4 to 2 and to PR-1 (without www)..is the update for good or we will expect another PR change in a matter of days? Last hour my website with a “www” had a PR-3 then now its down to 2. Very unpredictable..

  16. i forgot, i have TLA links in my blog but I took it just today.. could those links contributed to the sudden drop?

  17. Eugene says:

    Weird. All of my websites have the same PRs as before. PR0, PR3, PR4…

  18. Jon says:

    Personally, I believe more on Google’s internal PR than the toolbar PR. You can still rank well with low PR.

  19. Rachel says:

    My blog PR demoted to PR2 from PR4 :(

  20. autocad says:

    Warning about engaging in paid links by Google was announced a long time ago. That’s why as much as possible I wanted to avoid, it but sometimes I’m tempted to do it because it appears that it’s only a threat. But now it happens.

    Anyway I think PR might not affect much the ranking and traffic, because I see many sites with high PR but low traffic and low PR with high traffic.

    And regarding the effect of the update on my sites, yes I was surprise because the sites I didn’t expect to have a PR did increase. One have PR0 -> PR3( http://www.filipinofriendsterworld.com ).
    But sub domains have decreased PR.

  21. jomar says:

    hmm, mine went up, i now have several pr4 and even more pr3 blogs . :)

    nice.

    of course i didn’t sell links or purchased them.

    jomar

  22. KK says:

    What is the difference of advertising and selling links? Yung advertising is also paying someone to blog about a certain company then link them up. It’s all very confusing. But I think the whole world just felt the grip of Google. I think the Internet community should come up with a non-baised system for ranking because alot of the advertising online is so dependent on the Google value. The monopoly game has been won.

  23. Sonnie says:

    Mine got an upgrade to PR 5

  24. Just an update, Google has updated PR again this week. A lot of Pinoy sites have again been affected.

    Check out the list of sites with reduced PR:

    More Pinoy sites lose PageRank as Google updates… again

  25. Grace says:

    Hello po! Pwede po bang malaman san makikita ang google announcements?

  26. Grace says:

    Before I got PR3 then it becomes PR2 and now, it’s PR0 :( how sad…..

  27. Tom says:

    My PR flopped from 3 to zero last Sunday. The blogflux said that my PR is still 3.

  28. Maruel says:

    Just got a “Google Slap” last sunday. My PR dropped from 2 to 0. 2 na nga lang PR ko eh kinuha pa nila, hindi na sila naawa, huhuhu… :(

  29. Benjamin says:

    Wow, no fun. I wonder what they did to get this penalty. Duplicate content perhaps? I guess we’ll never know…

  30. dendi says:

    Saat ini PR saya Slam Dunk jadi 0 (nol), saya dah berusaha dengan saya dah coba posting rutin, submit ke directory dan juga blobwalking, tetapi PR-nya tetep slam dunk jadi 0 I(nol), gimana ya ? seberapa google menghukum PR suatu web/blog?

  31. Google updated the toolbar page rank again on 2 April 2009.This time they filtered more back links. Previously i have around 70 now i have just 10 back links left for my site http://www.cybex.in. But site rank well on all top keywords. It seems google backlinks scheme updated too. It still loves article links as i did for my site.

  32. Neetu Sharma says:

    Hey,

    Now after 3 months from 31st Dec 08, Google finally update my site’s PR as on 2nd April 09.
    @@

    http://www.seowonders.com

  33. meapemisy says:

    Hi all. I would like to recommend a SEO tool to exchange links – ForOzik.com. I started to use it and the results are very well.

  34. cj says:

    too bad, I used to have PR3, then a few weeks later it went down to 2. and i was glad to note that some of my other pages got PR 1 because of some sites that linked to these pages. but today when i checked my PR, all of my pages including the main page now got a 0 PR!!!

  35. Jamesh says:

    This will really help lots of business minded people to be able to be featured online.

  36. Thanks for sharing Google pr update every 3 months

  37. skysenshi says:

    I was actually shocked when I saw one of the newer blogs, who have higher following than my decrepit old blog, go down from 3 to 0. I got retained at 3. I hope it doesn’t get any lower than that because I update regularly now.

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