Msg#: 20772 posted 8:46 am on Dec 23, 2003 (gmt 0)
I run a number of message boards (like this one) using search engine friendly urls (like this one). The forums are on 3 entertainment related topics i.e. Games, TV & Music (can I say this?). I think these are closely related as the people interested in one are often interested in the others. So each page on all three has a link to the home page of all three sites. Here is where my confusion kicks in and I do desperatly need some help or advice. Two of the three are ranking well PR5 with plently of google referrals, the third has a PR of 0 and has so for over 12 months. All sites are using identical page layout and so I dont believe its anything to do with the page templates themselves. The PR0 site actually has great links from Yahoo & Dmoz both in PR7/8 categories.
Last April I tried something - I banned googlebot using robots.txt and after a month or so the PR went from 0 to grey - then I let googlebot back and sure enough a month later I have nice green PR. But this lasted about 2 months then bam! PR0.....
Also the PR0 site appears to have had a previous owner many years ago.
If it wasn't for the grreat yahoo/dmoz likns I would have dumped the domain name a year ago.
I am totally lost - does anyone have any ideas? I really am tearing my hair out here (and that won't lasst much longer)
Msg#: 20772 posted 8:58 pm on Dec 23, 2003 (gmt 0)
Did the domain expire before you obtained it? If so any links to the site will not count towards PR.
Another possibility is that the domain has a penalty from before you obtained it. You can contact Google and inform them that this may be the case.
DMOZ are pretty good at changing url's. You can move your site, then put a link from the old one to the new with a message that the domain has changed. Let DMOZ know about this ('update url', then if nothing happens after a month follow up with an email to the editor of the category).
If your Yahoo listing is paid then they should change pretty quickly from what I've heard.
Msg#: 20772 posted 6:58 am on Dec 24, 2003 (gmt 0)
Thanks for your advice peeeple, In the end I sent an email 'pleading' my case to google. Go a response already (from 2 responses already 1 from what appears a human) that my question has been sent to engineering...
I will keep this post updated as we go for any interested readers...
Msg#: 20772 posted 11:22 am on Dec 24, 2003 (gmt 0)
oh how can i relate to this, same story a year old this site even shows dmoz category on the toolbar, plenty of links, but pagerank 0. What do i have to do with the previous owner? I don't even know him. I can't find info of a previous existing user anywhere not even archive.org, but still i get penalized. I enquiered 2 months ago Google but, all they say is be patient. Yeah thank god it is a hobby site, but still.. sucks big time.