Now to be honest, I don’t know what to make of this.
No sooner do we learn about the probable threat of the loss of PR to blogs sporting the Do-Follow plug-in, I now find even more sinister evidence when logging in to my Squidoo account in order to update my lenses. First a bit of background…
About six weeks or so ago, I was delighted to find that some of my Squidoo lenses had been adorned with some page rank, several of them achieving PR3, for which I was very happy and grateful. Some of those lenses have had a lot of work done on them by yours truly and it took a lot of writing, I can tell you! I felt they deserved the accolade and was very proud of them.
So honestly, imagine my horror as I log in and view the state of my well performing lenses.
They’ve all, with the exception of two, been reduced to No Rank – not even a PR0! The Honest Way Lens managed to retain it’s PR2 while one of the others promoting My One Stop was slapped down from a PR3 to a PR1. All the rest – slapped down to the ground.
That is an honest question I have no honest answer for. They are not blogs, so cannot contain paid reviews, as the sites that promote paid reviews only accept blogs! They are certainly not selling links in any way, shape or form. They don’t accept comments with followed links, so that idea can honestly be ruled out too!
So what have these honest, information and relevant knowledge packed pages been slapped for?
One can only speculate this awful possibility:
That those lenses do provide one-way links to my own websites.
Could Google honestly be going so far as to be trying to stop people from working hard on their various web projects and rewarding their hard work by linking their own sites together?
Why in all honesty would they do that?
It’s not gaming the system to link your own sites together for heaven’s sake. Or maybe they think it is? Who can possibly know what goes on behind those closed boardroom doors in Silicon Valley?
This could be the start of a chilling campaign to stop all inter-site linking as a means of climbing up the SERPs ladder. Maybe their eventual plan is to instead give the top SERPs pages only to those sites big enough and rich enough to buy their way up there. Surely not – they honestly wouldn’t go that far, would they?
Maybe this is an isolated incident and it’s only my lenses that have been affected so far. Although I somehow doubt it. I posted this question in CYN forum earlier this afternoon, so I’ll look back in there later this evening to see if anyone’s lenses have suffered similar fates.
In the meantime, you all had better be careful who’s links you have in your blogrolls…