Like many of my readers, I’ve been following the hubbub about the “Google PageRank Penalties” for several days.
Unfortunately for me, all of my Google-provided toolbars seem to be malfunctioning in some strange way, because I haven’t been able to see the massive PageRank drops that these folks are claiming they’ve suffered. Search Engine Journal wobbled between 6 and 7 and is still showing PR7 today. Problogger still shows PR6. I went down the list of “victims” that’s been circulating, and nary a one ever showed up on my Google toolbar with a massively lower PageRank.
Can anyone out there confirm that they actually witnessed these “penalties” with a Google-provided toolbar, or did they only show up if you used some special tool to pull a score from some special data center? What am I missing here?
Just curious… I may be wrong, but this whole thing just smells like bait to me.