For a company such as Google with a stock price based extensively on anticipated growth and public sentiment, it doesn’t take a huge swing in goodwill to have a dramatic effect on valuation. Google has just slapped their biggest fans.
Danny Sullivan has managed to get some feedback from someone at Google confirming there are visible PageRank penalties being applied, as much as a -2 on what is displayed on the Google Toolbar.
A number of my readers have noticed that Google have been making some minor adjustments to the displayed PageRank on a few sites, and Josh quite rightly pointed out that the displayed PageRank on this domain has for some reason been reduced.
This could have been a paid review through ReviewMe, it was ordered a few days ago and I just haven’t had time to write something that warrants being paid for it, but I decided to write something for free.
If any of the Google Spam Team are reading this article, it was not paid for in any way and your bots can’t tell the difference because keyword analysis would pick up the specific words suggesting that there is some kind of disclosure for paid links.
I don’t think so but…
- Matt probably earns a salary from Google as head of webspam
- Matt has been with Google since 2000, so probably has a few stock options
- If Matt says something about a new Google service that encourages other bloggers to write about it as well, it probably has an effect on Google’s share price, so there is a specific financial incentive.