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PR0 or Ban?
Page Rank 0 or Google Ban

 1:44 pm on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Could use some input on this...

I've had a site up and running for 4 months now, and just recently (this month) have been getting inbound links of quality. I have several PR5s and many PR4s amongst other smaller ranks.

Yet, I'm at the dreaded PR0. However, G does not show any backlinks for my site (via link:www.example.com search).

Does this have the makings of a ban (for which I wouldn't understand why) or is it just that G hasn't found any of my links worth while.

Oh, also, a search for just my domainname (without www or com) comes up with all my pages and those pages linked to me.

Thanks for the help!

[edited by: ciml at 6:07 pm (utc) on June 24, 2005]
[edit reason] Examplified [/edit]



 10:05 pm on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

I don't think this is a ban, you going to have to give Google more time (To the next update) to show you your web site's PR and backlinks, but it won't be much of help since it's out-of-date.


 10:34 am on Jun 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

It's hard to say.


 6:24 am on Jun 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

It doesn't sound like a ban. A good way to test is to go to Google and search for your domain name. So for example, you'd search for example.com. If it returns your website, then you're not banned. If it returns:

Sorry, no information is available for the URL example.com

then it means you could be banned.


 8:05 am on Jun 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

The way I heard it before was: a white bar is a penalty and a gray bar is a ban....could be wrong?



 3:17 pm on Jun 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

Ann, I think that has changed now. My site is banned and I currently get a white bar (PR0).


 3:20 pm on Jun 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've had a couple of new sites up for a little over a month now and having the same thing - they all appear in the searches, get plenty of SE traffic, and a couple even have links from PR9 sites. Google just hasn't updated the toolbar PR for a while - anyone know when that's supposed to happen?


 7:39 pm on Jun 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

Google just hasn't updated the toolbar PR for a while - anyone know when that's supposed to happen?

I think it should be done during July or August 2005 (most probably within July).


 2:56 am on Jun 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've got the same thing going on. I did aquire a few hundred links pretty fast (hardly any show up on google), but while I've heard there might be a penalty for this, I doubt they would ban me - esp since hardly any of them are reciprocal (I don't link to any bad neighborhoods).

My site is about 4 months old as well - many of the links are good quality from places like dmoz and Yahoo, as well as a few from related sites that come up well in the serps.

But still PR0...

BTW: I currently come up on page 8 for my main search term. Despite this, a few pages that simply link to my page (and are otherwise completely unrelated - such as a regional business directory) come up on page 1 and 2.


 4:57 pm on Jun 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

LastDuaL, it sounds like your site is either penalized (getting too many links too quickly?) or it's simply still in the "sandbox" if it's a relatively new site (less than a year old).

One way you can test it out is search for just your domain name in Google, without the .com/.net/.whatever. So for example, if you owned example.com, you'd search for "example". Assuming that your domain name is a relatively unique word/brand, you should be the first result of that search. If you are not, you were probably penalized.


 7:50 pm on Jun 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks for all the help, people!

Seems like I'm just sandboxed. Next step, putting down the pale and shovel and getting out of the sand.

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