Mass Google Toolbar PageRank Penalty of December 2009???

Dec 14, 2009 • 8:26 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Let me start off by saying that I used not only one question mark in the title, but three to express how confident I am about this title. There is almost a 100 posts in a single weekend DigitalPoint Forums thread with people reporting their Google Toolbar PageRank has dropped.

A long time ago, Google had batch Toolbar PageRank penalties for sites that sold or bought links. The first batch was in November 2007, then in January 2008 and then in February 2008. Since then, the PageRank penalties continued but it seemed to not be so "batch" related. By that I mean, you wouldn't see hundreds of webmasters report a drop in their Toolbar PageRank on the same day.

This DigitalPoint Forums, although doesn't have hundreds of complaints, it has a significant number of complaints, mostly about a drop in Toolbar PageRank. Some were reports of new sites receiving PageRank for the first time.

So is this a mass Google Toolbar PageRank penalty hit or something less?

Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.

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12/14/2009 02:40 pm

Could it be part of the Caffeine rollout?


12/14/2009 02:46 pm

Something is definitely up with google pr update cuz I lost rankings for most of my keywords. I hope my site is not penalized...


12/14/2009 04:00 pm

A lot of weird things are happening. If you have Google Alerts turned on you must have noticed that a lot of old social media links and twitmeme's got re-indexed over the weekend. More "fresh links" in the index mean definite SERP changes. SEO is changing boys and girls.


12/17/2009 07:15 am

It can be part of the Google caffeine algorithm merge. Personally I saw the opposite - many sites I know just got a nice PR boost. Well, every coin has 2 sides.


12/17/2009 07:22 am

BTW - thanks for the dreidels, Happy Hanuka!

Andy Beard

12/21/2009 11:42 pm

For the last week from the various IPs that Google in their wisdom allocate me for US geo, non personalized search there has been a switch in number of indexed pages compared to comparrible UK / PL / AUS searches (those I have defined) Primary index between the 2 remains a constant.

Tom N

12/23/2009 12:35 am

It's probably due to Google caffeine .

The Rookie Blogger

02/13/2010 01:42 am

My page rank went up last 2009... ahehehehe

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