PayPerPost Sites Hit with PR0 Penalty

Nov 19, 2007 • 9:42 am | comments (2) by twitter | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Somehow, I think that the incident with Shopzilla is related to the recent news that anyone using the PayPerPost method just got their PageRanks reduced this weekend.

Forum members have mixed reactions. Some have obviously participated in such schemes. Others hope that those who participate suffer the consequences:

If you cheat you die.

Google seems to be taking out all the "schemes" that were set up to game the system.

Finally, others note that they have been penalized without using any paid advertising at all. These forum members feel that their penalty was unjust and that Google should review why it happened to begin with. Personally, I've seen a lot of incorrect penalties over the past few weeks that Google has not yet rectified, even with a request for reinclusion. I understand the frustration there.

Forum discussion continues at DigitalPoint Forums.

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11/20/2007 09:10 am

Yeah. How does google know if the link was posted as a result of payment? Lots of sites do both, paid and unpaid. How is google going to purport to know which is which? Damn the man.


11/20/2007 08:40 pm

I do feel bad for those who were penalized unfairly. I'm one of the ones who has been playing the grey areas of the rules so the penalty came as a surprise, but not a shock. It is disappointing to hear of many bloggers who have not broken any of Google's commandments being penalized. Time for them to turn to the dark side perhaps? Ban Googlebot. If they're not helping you, don't help them.

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