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I’ve Been Bitch Slapped – Am I Bovvered?

June 12th, 2009 · 9 Comments

I've been bitch slapped - am I bovvered?

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.

  1. I don’t have to read any more blog posts about PageRank updates cuz I’m not bovvered anymore
  2. 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?

Tags: Search Marketing

9 responses so far ↓

  • Mikael @ Retire Rich // Jun 13, 2009 at 8:05 am

    You’re using TLA right? If so that explains it.

    After removing it from my blogs and asking for my PR back I got it within a week.


  • Stancje // Jun 16, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Actualy the first point seems kinda tempting. No more worrying about your page rank, no more reading “new insights”… Think of all the time you’d save.

  • Dennis Cover // Jun 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Do you track your SER position on important keywords? Is it still the same?
    Something strange happens. I have some sites that have Pr3 and have more traffic than they had when their PR was 5.

  • Mike // Jun 17, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I could put in a request for reconsideration but, at the moment, I’m not seeing any change in search referrals nor changes to position of keywords in the SERPs.

    I’m really not convinced that the visible toolbar PR value directly influences search behaviour. Sure, there is an underlying PR which does but we’ll never see that value. Well not unless we break into the Googleplex…

  • Maria // Jun 29, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Now just think of all that free time! You wouldn’t belive how great I felt once I left an online community that’s been taking on average 2-4 hours of my time a day. Suddenly I have the time to do everything I feel like doing!

  • Edward // Jul 9, 2009 at 1:39 am

    There are sites that still working even without any PR. PR only gives you the opportunity to be in the advantageous page but still useless if the user finds your site irrelevant.

  • sara@PLR health // Jul 12, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Woooow. You said bitch slapped by Google LOL well, join the club,. Google is a HOT MESS! They are trying to clean up their search engines from the spam, but taking the good people down in the process. This will only backfire on google. All this means is that you will have to work harder to get a little traffic, that’s all.

  • Narty Studenckie // Jul 21, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Ah google… They do whatever they want to whoever they want and you basicaly cannot touch them. I’m so sick of that….

  • Tim // Jul 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    @Narty you’re right! Google has the power to control everything in their hands. We can’t do anything about it.