Startling event of the day. No, not me losing 5 pounds according to the bathroom scale, although I wish it were true. A quick glance at my Google Toolbar turned into an icy stare.
My Google Page Rank (PR) has disappeared.
At first I thought my Google Toolbar was broken. But a quick check of other sites proved that it still worked. El Nido Resorts, one of our clients at work, is still ranked at PR5; Militaryplaques.com is still at PR3. But my PR3 had disappeared, and so has Sam’s PR4, according to the Google toolbar. The widgets that I had installed from Rankwidget and MyPageRank.net still state our PR’s as we know them, as does Lazarus over at Left Over Thoughts, who uses PRChecker.info
This raises a bit of concern for me, as I have become a member of a few blog for pay sites, acceptance to which sometimes requires a Page Rank of at least 1.
I do hope that it’s just the Toolbar that’s malfunctioning, and if so what is causing it to do so. A bit of investigatory work has revealed that Google has been, for one reason or another, dealing out penalties to some websites. Visit Dustin Brewer’s site for his article about this. Another site points out that Yahoo Shows Why Google PageRank is Broken, citing Bill Slawski’s post Yahoo Replaces PageRank Assumptions with User Data.
If Google is handing out penalties again because of paid blogging that augurs a bleak future for bloggers like me who have only recently discovered a decent way to make money on the Internet. I’m not giving up my day job yet.
(edit: Feb 23 9:38pm)
As if to tell me that Google PR is not the be-all/end-all of maintaining a blog, I ran into the Google Page Rank Victims Anonymous page. It has brought me back to reality. I like the third button from the top.