Before Christmas I mentioned that I seemed to be hit with a PageRank penalty, where all my pages were showing PR 0/10. This is not to be confused with PR N/A, which just means that it is not assigned yet, this would be due to google not exporting their PageRank (which they tend to do about 4 times a year). So back at the start of December I sent off a query via Google’s webmaster tools. You can read it here, basically I proclaimed my innocence to the high heavens. I also resubmitted similar reports at regular two week intervals, just in case my message was getting lost in cyberspace. But before I did I took some steps to show that I am one of the good ones….
How to get your PageRank Back
When looking at my blog, I tried to see what I had done wrong or where I could be penalized for selling links. I mentioned in things like my advertising that all ad links are nofollow’ed. But I did see that once, way back when, I had included some code from payperpost (via a tinyurl link) in my footer that included some things for payperpost, I think it was some ranking code. So once I did these steps I sent the reconsideration form and waited.
As mentioned by some, Google did quickly remove my pagerank. But they were also nice enough to return it once I had taken the appropriate steps to clean up the blog. Now I had not done anything majorly wrong per se, but I did have the PayPerPost code (yes I am blaming them) which could be construed as to me using PPP to sell blog posts.
If you have problems with being set to PageRank 0/10, then I suggest you go to the webmaster tools and request reconsideration, this was something that was mentioned on Matt Cutts Blog, (my comments on that post). The whole process took about a month, but I am glad it finally returned. 😀
P.S. My Bidvertiser Code : BDV-272947-BDV