Reports are now coming in that there may be another round of changes coming in on the PageRank displayed on the Google toolbar, loved or loathed by webmasters.
The first notification I received by email earlier today, hinting that at least one reader was seeing my own TBPR increasing. Thanks Dave, maybe you should send some of your Omega 3 Fish Oils To The Google Plex.
So I spent the day refreshing Digpagerank.
Why was I refreshing… well it appears that all the tools for monitoring PageRank across multiple data centers malfunctioned today.
I have seen further reports.
Courtney Tuttle mentioned in an earlier blogpost seeing his PageRank recover after taking action to remove paid links from his blog and filing a reinclusion request.
More Penalties & More Than A Month Of PageRank Updates
Round One was at the start of October when I first wrote about being defamed
Danny Sullivan was given confirmation that visible PageRank penalties were being applied and I explained why I don’t sell PageRank but still received a penalty.
Round Two was when many blog networks, Digg favorites and even major periodicals were hit with a pagerank penalty.
At that time Matt Cutts confirmed to Loren at Search Engine Journal that this was a penalty for paid links
Going forward, I expect that Google will be looking at additional sites that appear to be buying or selling PageRank.
Round Three saw many site regain their previous rankings, and was looked on as a complete update, though many sites remained with a penalty, some were not as harsh.
Darren Rowse reported that blog networks returned back to normal
As I explained more recently, Izea (PayPerPost) are not an SEO company, they are a marketing company providing marketing and public relations services to large corporations.
Just check their domains for canonical URLs for proof.
In that same article I discussed Izea’s new Argus platform, that should be launching in less than 24 hours, that may put an end for a need to use visible PageRank for rating the authority or influence of a blog.
I should link through to Dan Theis who earlier explained why PageRank isn’t dead.
More humour from Mike, but how do you decide whose responsibility it is to think about link condoms (they are ribbed of their pleasure).
We have a working PageRank data center tool, Oyoy that suggests I remain stable at the degraded PR4. Many thanks to John for pointing this out (he knows which sites Google really should give a penalty)