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And yes, I believe you can have your PR manually adjusted. At least that's what it looked like when I reported someone for very suspicious activity.
dont discount the affect of reducing the pr from inbound links (dampening, ignoring) rather than direct intervention...
There has been no change in rankings.
Then I wouldn't worry about it. What you are probably seeing is a PR reiteration and your space is getting a PR adjustment overall.
You could have been sitting at a PR 6.2 for those few years. It could have dropped to a 6.1 or even a 6.01 and you wouldn't have known it. Once you hit 6.0 then comes the adjustment to 5.99. No change in traffic? No big deal.
Have you also looked at other sites in your industry? Was there a "noticeable" drop for any of them? If not, then they probably were not right on the fence at 6.0.
The only time you need to worry about a PR change is when traffic is affected. When that occurs, then you know there is a potential problem. And, in that case, its usually a gray or white bar.
Did your interior pages remain the same? Any of them go up? Did you add more pages to the site in the past 180 days? How many? Did you change anything in click paths? All sorts of things can affect this.
So I pinged Google, and they confirmed that PageRank scores are being lowered for some sites that sell links
In addition, Google said that some sites that are selling links may indeed end up being dropped from its search engine or have penalties attached to prevent them from ranking well
Google stressed, by the way, that the current set of PageRank decreases is not assigned completely automatically; the majority of these decreases happened after a human review.
Seems like big news to me. Did I miss someone pointing this out already?
Official: Selling Paid Links Can Hurt Your PageRank Or Rankings On Google [searchengineland.com]
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