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PR0 penalty - affected home page only

Possible reasons?



11:51 am on Feb 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

My home page went down from PR5 to PR0 after this last PR update.

However only index.htm was affected - all others regained their PR and show index.htm in their link: search!

Unfortunately I couldn't view this most interesting post about PR update in the paid section - please if there's anyone here to explain basics of some possibly great changes in the PR algo.

Most important:

I have a .net site (domain name not technology used) and a .com site with the same domain name had PR0 penalty as well. I still get 27 links when doing link: search he doesn't (used to be 15).

Is it also a sign of smth?

I would appreciate your attention



12:05 pm on Feb 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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your .net and .com site have similar contents?


7:18 pm on Feb 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

.com site is not mine!

It belongs to a different person!

however it's content related (both sites are technology sites)


7:27 pm on Feb 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator rogerd is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

There's no PR algo change so sweeping that it would take you from 5 to zero. It could be a hiccup or toolbar issue, or there's some chance it could be a penalty. (PR0 penalties seem far less frequent these days; subtle devaluations are more the order of the day.) Questions:

- Does your home page still show up in the same searches that it used to before its apparent devaluation?
- Do the www and non-www versions of your home page both show PR0?
- Are you doing anything that Google might frown on (link farm links, hidden text, etc.)?


7:40 pm on Feb 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

What amazes me:

positions have remained more or less the same - internal pages rankings are even better!
www and non www both have 0PR - non www used to have PR0 before - all incomings lead to www.

I have done some link exchange but with technology and development related sites only - I actually used follow-the-leader approach in link building.

honestly there's been some OOP before austin - but it was only onpage visible text and metas - no cloaking or hidden input types or text.

Rogerd - do you think this could be a "subtle devaluation" - what do you imply here?



9:06 pm on Feb 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator rogerd is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

PR0 isn't very subtle... ;) It sounds like a toolbar glitch to me.


9:18 pm on Feb 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Has it ever happened to anyone before?
Is it normal for PR0 penalty to have other than 0 when doing link: search?


5:31 am on Feb 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If you do a nornmal search and your site shows up, my guess is that it has something to do with the PR system of google. If however you don't find your mainpage in the index it could spell trouble.

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