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Google Page RankWith all the recent discussion of Google PageRank downgrade, i cant stop myself from joining the Google pagerank talk. You can see lots of threads about sites dropping PR. You can check out a list of solid sites having their page rank knocked down… Shoemoney hinted that his blog still maintain at nice PR.

From observation, besides the solid sites, lots of sites affected are those directory sites and blogs. Famous web directories such as avivadirectory and alivedirectory now having PR 4. When i do a google search typing their name, they are not even listed in the 1st few pages.

Before this recent PR update, many webmasters anticipating Google to update their PR hoping for the better ever since July/August… never did they know google’s algo change affect lots of sites badly.

PR Drop

Certain sites having penalty directly such as directories, blogs that re-blog other blogs content, sites like statscounter with no true content value besides having lots of backlinks, have been knocked down. You may think why your site which dont buy/sell links also getting knocked. This is actually not really your fault. Your site might probably received lots of PR juice previously… with sooo many sites losing their PR, indirectly your site is being affected… since now you are getting lesser PR juice from lower quality sites perceived by google.

PR Maintain

With so much PR juice being recover by google, for those sites that still managed to retain their high PR (PR 5 and above), they are probably consider quality sites and should consider themselves having “increase” in PR relative to the rest of the sites.

PR Increase

There are still some sites getting PR increase, this is really rare. I guess either the site owner done lots of link building enough to offset the negative impact or lucky enough to build link with quality sites.

I think Text Link Ads must have suffered quite a bit from this recent PR adjustment. Personally, i’ve just cancelled most of my link renewal as most of the site’s PR dropped significantly, typically from PR 6/7 to PR 3/4. The marketplace now probably flooded with PR 4 sites.

Somehow i have a feeling that link building with reciprocal links is more favourable instead… even though everyone underated it. Reciprocal link building is natural, link buying is un-natural. Anyway, i dislike doing 3-way link exchange, i’ve met enough webmasters that said they “accidentally removed” the link. I think purchasing link from very related sites is still viable… but not from directory, directory link are now worthless.

With so many sites being knocked to PR 4 … i guess sites with PR 5 and above are probably even more valuable now. Perhaps this is what google wants. Anything above PR 5 are of high quality content and info… not just having tons of backlinks.

Now… the next task for SEO specialists… speculate the factors affecting the PR.

Anyway…. dont be bothered by PR too much. I have a PR 3 site having over 10k daily visitors and have a PR 5 site having only 500 daily visitors. So PR doesnt mean much except to flaunt it to fellow webmasters 😀 What’s more important is SERP. Work on your SERP, good traffic is more important than anything else for a website.

Category: Internet Marketing , Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Article posted by: Neon on October 25th, 2007

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13 Comments to “Google PageRank Penalty Wave” »

Comment by patbiz
Oct 26 2007 at 6:46 pm

Good article Neon, nice work. Just Stumbled it since I think this should be read by many people.

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Comment by Ruchir
Oct 27 2007 at 4:29 am

Well I disagree with you. PR is 100% still important. Why? Because advertisers pay higher for a high PR site, that’s why. PR has had a separate market of itself. I mean, ask yourself: if sitefever was a PR5 then you’d be able to earn more. So, yes it still is important in terms of your revenue…

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Comment by Neon
Oct 27 2007 at 1:09 pm

Yes. PR is a bonus and will attract more advertisers. i definitely will be a lot more happy if PR of my sites are high. However, between traffic and good PR, i will prefer to have more traffic than having good PR. Good PR doesnt earn as much as good traffic.

Oct 27 2007 at 4:40 pm

[…] SiteFever speculates on the penalty […]

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Oct 29 2007 at 8:15 am

[…] PR as google is dipping their PRs. For normal sites which maintain their Pagerank even after the Google penalty wave that ate up PR of many famous sites dealing paid links to increase PR as i said earlier. That also […]

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Comment by Iantrepreneur
Oct 29 2007 at 8:34 am

interesting enough, darren recovered some of his PR juice and some other sites as well

> Ruchir
I think PR is important but it should not be 100% concentrated on – there are other aspects of marketing besides PR authority, a page with a low PR may be more interesting than a page with higher PR – but it is really again about perspective

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Comment by Pixel Head
Nov 15 2007 at 2:11 pm

I don’t feel so bad now after reading about all those blogs being knocked down. Mine went from 4 to 3.
PR is nice, but traffic and PR don’t necessarily correspond.

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Comment by Technology Slice
Mar 12 2008 at 7:01 am

PR is outdated. Blogs and sites with no PR can get plenty of organic traffic. The obsession with Page Rank is misguided.

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Comment by online making money
Apr 06 2008 at 1:55 pm

thanks for this information,
but u will not earn with pr u earn with good traffic,u will try ti gain good targeted traffic .

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Comment by KG Lew
Apr 08 2008 at 2:21 am

PR is very important…. maintaining or increasing PR isn’t such easy work… but if you are consistent then you can do it!

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Comment by Artur
May 10 2008 at 4:20 am

Hello everyone.

Neon, my blog a few months ago has a PR3.

Then i make a link exchange with others (3 level) and gess what? It drops to a PR0.

Well, in the end i`ve learned something (wath to do and wath not to)

To all readers, don´t do link exchange. It will not welp you at all.

That experiment haven`t hurt my positioning in I`m still number 1 in some keys, and number 3 in others.

I`m still learning SEO techniques by trying and error. Thats the best way to learn. Don`t do wath others tell you to do. Do it your self and learn with it.

PS: I`ve Stumbled you. Others must read this important info as I did. Keep it going, post more good info.


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Comment by Word
Jul 27 2009 at 9:26 am

I still think PR is important. But we shld not fret over it.

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Comment by Paid Survey
Jul 27 2009 at 9:30 am

I am not sure why people are going over the heel for PR. I still get good traffic for sites that have low PR.

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