I’ve written about it in the past, seen it happen to a lot of other folks and suffered a brief drop in green pixie dust in the past but, as of last week, I have been officially bitch slapped by Google.
My toolbar PageRank has been removed and I am one step away from the dreaded grey bar of Doom.
The question is: Am I bovvered?
Well after the initial disappointment, the answer is no. The effects of losing toolbar PageRank are negligible, as far as I can see. During SlapFest 07, a number of people saw little or no change in the performance in the SERPs. It’s early days for me but I’ve seen no change in search referrals to the site. Besides, let’s look on the bright side.
- I don’t have to read any more blog posts about PageRank updates cuz I’m not bovvered anymore
- All the weasly DoFollow comment spammers will leave me alone as I’ve got no more juice to give
If the situation changes and I start to see a drop in search referrals then I will most certainly be bovvered but, right now, I am not.
So did any of you get slapped last week? Seen any changes to your search referrals as a result? What about you folks who got dinged in SlapFest 07?