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I still show up in the rankings so I'm not sure if I've been penalized or not.
Has anyone else had their page rank wiped over the last few days?
Any way I can find out what I did? Or if this is a bug?
"What does Google list as the root page of the site?"
The Home Page
"Is that root page the fist result in a site: search?"
A blogger I know had the same problem two weeks ago -- PR dropped from 4 to 0 overnight. He didn't even have paid text link ads or paid reviews.
He appealed to Google, and they gave his PR4 back after 2 or 3 days. Apparently, Google messed it up somewhere (I think).
See Why Does Google Treat "www" & "no-www" As Different? [webmasterworld.com]. That thread is one that we feature in the Hot Topics area [webmasterworld.com], which is always pinned to the top of this forum's index page.
Do the internal pages of your site link back to "home" as "/index.html" (or some other named filename) or simply as "/"?
Is this question directed at knowing if the site could have duplicate issue with the home page as - / and index.htm?
If a site has its internal pages linking to the home as index.htm and Google still shows only one listing (/ or index.htm) do you reckon it shouldn't concern much?
I have done virtually nothing to it the past year and a half, and started only yesterday exchanging links.
Next thing I know PR0!
The site:domain.com -inurl:www is the same number.
I'm hoping it is an error although I do sell the odd text link now and again.
He appealed to Google, and they gave his PR4 back after 2 or 3 days
What's the best way to contact G on this issue?
If you are linking to /index.html and Google is listing / in the SERPs then you are wasting all your internal PageRank by linking to the wrong one.
I am not sure if I am with you on that point g1smd. The fact that Google returns / for a homepage that is index.htm, shouldn't it indicate that Google has merged index.htm into /?
Plus, when the link command in Google for / shows internal pages as linking to it, while they actually link with index.htm, doesn't it show that those internal links are not wasted?
[edited by: McMohan at 4:11 am (utc) on Jan. 11, 2008]
Google may do some of the housecleaning for you, but you are still "wasting" link juice. Whether that's an insignificant or a major issue depends on the site.
For example, if you disallow duplicate content URLs using robots.txt, that still doesn't prevent those URLs from accumulating PageRank even if those URLs no longer show up in search results.
I was contesting the suggestion that linking to home with index.htm, when Google has only retained /, will waste the link juice from inner pages. But the idea that doing so may lead to potential issues, I agree with.