Hey ya'll, how's tricks?
It's been a while since I noticed any posts on my pet peeve, the PR0 penalty, so I thought I'd let you know what a real live human at Google said about one of my site's PR penalty.
In case you didn't know by now, I've had the classic PR penalty since last November on the site in my profile. There's more history here...
Anyway, I finally emailed Google this month, and much to my amazement, I got a reply within a week!
Noting the rules on not reprinting emails, I'll paraphrase what they said for you:
Me: Mt site's been penalised! Why?
Googs: Nah, your site's already listed.
Me: Thanks, but that's not what I meant - here's what I meant - yada yada...
Googs: We've had a look at our logs (!) and you're not penalised. You've got a pagerank of 3.
Me: Thanks again, but that's just plain silly, I've got loads of links from high PR pages. Before the penalty I was PR 6.
Googs: Here's a big autoresponse, go away politely.
And that's all folks!
1) Unless there is some problem with my site that I am not seeing, it only warrants a Pagerank 3 (now 2) in Google!
2) Or, the guy at Google got it wrong. Don't misunderstand me, I'm pleased that Google replied at all - after all, theirs is a free service, and I have no 'right' to traffic from them.
But it still looks like they got it wrong. No?
Strangely enough, it looks a lot like PageRankOne's reply about his penalty [webmasterworld.com].
Does Google know what's going on with it's own index?
Best of luck to anyone holding out for recovery.
All the best