---- Understanding hacked sites that rank in Google
dvduval - 7:18 pm on Apr 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
dozens of pagerank 8 and 9 sites hacked? It would interesting to know those hacked pr9 sites and why they still haven't done anything about it? any clue on what sites are that since it's not possible to post links?
Yep. I kid you not. The resulting passed pagerank meant the hackers have over 50 sites that are pagerank 7+. These sites have been reported by dozens of people and even right now they are showing pagerank 7. Many of the hacked sites are corrected now, but the history is still evident using tools like Majestic SEO. Sadly, honest people who don't know any better are going to buy listings or ads from these sites not realizing the pagerank is fleeting, and believing that google values the sites because they assigned a high pagerank.
As Matt Cutts said recently, lots of regular people use the Google toolbar, not just webmasters, so Google does value displaying an accurate reading. Unfortunately, what is said versus what is done doesn't always have a direct correlation. I've heard Matt talking more about hacked sites recently, so hopefully he is on to it, but hard to say after months of no action.