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Google Bitch Slapping Spree

Google had been strutting their stuffs lately and setting the web abuzz the past couple of days. After making a no show on the last “PR update” online date with many bloggers and Internet marketers back in August (as many had predicted the last update to be in), the big G had taken a hardline approach and sending a strong message across the world wide web by downgrading PageRank of many influential sites and prominent blogs.

Speculations abound for this latest round of visible PageRank penalties applied on the Google toolbar from selling text links, interlinking among blog networks and posting of paid reviews. Many high profile and influential blogs had taken hits overnight and even some mainstream websites were not spared the Google bitch slapping spree!

We are not talking about any Tom, Dick or Harry’s websites that had their PR strip back. Those hit were authority bloggers and thoughts leaders who have all seen their PR drop by between 1-3 points! Barring any coincidence, and strangely enough, most of the blogs that got hit were focus in the Internet Marketing niche.

Search Engine Land had compiled a list of sites which suffered the PR strip back and the list is by no means exhaustive.

Is this a conspiracy to bring down an entire sub-industry? Is this just icing on the cake or can we expect more fireworks to come? Obviously Google has got the buzz and limelight they wanted with many online debates started and no doubt more speculations will follow in the coming days. As for the real reason, and the implications, to this Google axe wielding exercise, only time will tell.



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11 Comments »

Comment by Etienne Teo
2007-10-25 23:20:28

everyone is getting slapped and this pagerank tsunami is not going to be over, slowly google is washing out the pagerank…but frankly speaking does anyone care?

Comment by Betshopboy
2007-10-26 22:24:47

We should just focus on our content and forget about PageRank, but sadly, there are some people who prefer the reverse.

 
 
Comment by Jamaipanese
2007-10-26 05:48:36

I was not slapped by the big G, but I don’t like how Google handled it -_-

Comment by Betshopboy
2007-10-26 22:26:25

The wield the axe as if they own the Internet, no one will respect that.

Comment by Jamaipanese
2007-10-28 00:19:49

true…I find it very disturbing but lets watch this and other developments and see

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2007-10-28 16:24:05

[...] all the Google bitch slapping spree going on, leading to the PageRank update which is currently in progress, this is indeed turning out [...]

 
2007-11-04 21:09:04

[...] Betshopboy dot net bitch slapped and penalized because there is a TLA button on the sidebar? Why did this blog got a PR ZERO? I am still wondering [...]

 
2007-11-20 22:48:42

[...] the last of Google PageRank mood swings, the big G had other ideas. Earlier, Google went to town bitch slapping blogs selling text-link ads, targeting mostly high profile authority blogs to send out a strong message. [...]

 
2008-02-29 21:01:59

[...] the last of Google PageRank mood swings, the big G had other ideas. Earlier, Google went to town bitch slapping blogs selling text-link ads, targeting mostly high profile authority blogs to send out a strong message. [...]

 
2008-02-29 21:37:26

[...] a PageRank 4 blog! What a timely discovery. During the last PR update where many A-list blogs got bitch slapped, this blog was only 3 months old and was either penalized (for unknown reason) or simply too young [...]

 
Pingback by Lost | Betshopboy.net
2008-04-07 21:48:36

[...] dollar out of this PR4 blog by selling text links and writing paid reviews, before the eventual Google bitch slapping caught up with [...]

 
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