Feb 28 2008

Google Reinclusion Gave Me a Pagerank 0

Ever since we lost our Pagerank 4 to 3 it has bothered me. Especially because we deserve a 4, 5, or 6. In December I filed my first reinclusion request after spending hours deleting sponsored posts, changing text and adding “nofollow” to some links. All that work didn’t help and our Pagerank remained the same.

Two weeks ago I double checked my blog for sponsored posts and links and filed again for reinclusion. I began to worry two days ago seeing a pr0 on my toolbar, but the data centers still reported a three. Today I checked and it was 0 still and the centers told me it was a big fat 0.


Where Did I Go Wrong?

I tried to follow Courtney Tuttle’s advice with reinclusion. However, my reinclusion requests were short and didn’t really say what needed to be said. I can only imagine that be one piece of the puzzle.

Now that I am sitting at a PR0 I decided to file one more time for reinclusion this time with a longer explanation. I can’t go any lower than 0. If it remains the same PR I will just have to wait and try again.

Filing for Reinclusion

Before you file for re inclusion to get back lost Pagerank make sure you first remove sponsored posts and links from your site (obviously). No wonder I received a pagerank slap in the first place, I had a category dedicated to “sponsored posts”. That obviously is a bad idea.

Thats what I think has been the problem for us at Blog about your Blog. Sponsored posts from places like PayPerPost. I don’t plan on using them again with their current system, on this blog. Hopefully that will count for something.

Courtney Tuttle outlines three things when filing for reconsideration with Google.

1. What you did wrong. For us it has been sponsored posts, I told them that we have removed and no followed posts we have been compensated for.

2. That you have corrected the errors. See above

3. That you won’t do it again. This is the one I failed to mention and may not get our pagerank restored because of it.

Have you suffered a PR slap and filed for reinclusion?

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9 Comments on this post


  1. Emma said:

    Matthew the 0 will bother you or at least it did me. Don’t get discouraged just make sure your blog is clean and try again. I had to do a request a couple of times before I got my PR back.

    February 28th, 2008 at 10:41 am
  2. Nizar said:

    [ "increase website traffic" blog ] are the terms I have typed into Google to get to your Blog. I can see a PR3 which is a good rank and in other times it is better than a PR5.

    I have done a lot of research over the last 2 years about the various ways to increase website traffic. My findings have been put into my website which realy talks about SEO and website optimization without spamming the search engines as has happened in your case.

    February 28th, 2008 at 12:23 pm
  3. Rhys said:

    I got knocked down from a 4 to a 3. I jsut accept it really.

    February 28th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  4. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Thanks Emma. I keep coming back hoping to see some bar on pagerank.

    With pagerank out of the way I just have to make it better in different ways

    February 28th, 2008 at 2:24 pm
  5. sir jorge said:

    It bothered me on my site, but now, I don’t care.

    February 28th, 2008 at 3:17 pm
  6. sukosaki said:

    Forget Google. What have you lost from the PR slap? You still have readers and are gaining popularity. What do you need Google for? The PR used to be for selling links, that’s the only time it was really used for anything.

    Other than that, PR is just a number and until the “slap” most regular internet users, or readers, didn’t even know what it meant.

    I got slapped from 3 to 0, but I am not deleting posts or links or anything, because I am going to succeed with or without Google.

    Keep it up, your blog is a great resource and that won’t change because of a little number.

    February 28th, 2008 at 3:59 pm
  7. Shanker Bakshi said:

    strange very strange, I mean how could they do that to you, anyway my blog still at PR 3 and thats enough for a six month old blog i guess

    February 28th, 2008 at 7:43 pm
  8. Mark said:

    My very first blog had a PR4, but lost it all after the last Google slap. Why? You guessed it: sponsored posts. Or at least that’s what I think it is because I did several PPP opportunities on it. I removed the tracking code thinking that was enough, but I guess not because this recent update just skipped that blog right by. I’ll take your suggestion and remove the posts themselves, then cross my fingers.

    February 28th, 2008 at 7:57 pm
  9. EarnBlogger said:

    Google wants to dominate the world. They thinks that they can do anything. We bloggers work hard to manage our blogs and they simply give a big zero. It happened to me also. I had PR3 and till they gave a 0, there was not a single sponsored post or paid link on my blog. Now I will go for blogging according my own style. I am not going to request them to give it back. Because many are still making over 1K per month from sponsored reviews and they have a PR. Google is blind before them. Google is not God. Don’t bother about Google.

    March 2nd, 2008 at 10:21 pm


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