I know a segment of my readers are sick to death with anything to do with Google PageRank updates, and I haven’t even bothered mentioning the most recent update up until now. There wasn’t really anything newsworthy in it.
I just spotted a story on Sphinn that will likely get deleted because it is all in Russian – the Google Directory has apparently been updated from DMOZ data from 08/01/2008 (European date notation).
That wouldn’t be significant other than Google lists PageRank alongside the listings in their version of DMOZ.
I have highlighted a few sites that as far as I am aware still have a manual PageRank penalty for what Google might consider selling PageRank Passing Links, including this one.
If you look carefully, you will notice that the values shown in the Google Directory are considerably higher than those shown on the Google Toolbar.
It seems Google used their real data set for PageRank for the Google Directory export, forgetting that they are telling their millions of users lies on their toolbar with manual penalties, which until now had no visible proof.
Google has the right to do whatever they like with their search engine, but this is another major demonstration of how Google are manipulating public and advertiser opinion. They still state that the toolbar PageRank displayed is:
Wondering whether a new website is worth your time? Use the Toolbar’s PageRank™ display to tell you how Google assesses the importance of the page you’re viewing.
It seems my listing which was previously as a PR5 has moved up some places, so there is a good chance I am now on the bottom of the PR6 sites listed.
Let’s be clear, even though I am most likely a PR6 site, I am not selling PageRank when I write reviews, they are editorial links.