Just over 2 years ago Google did a massive page rank update where they reduced the page rank of sites that were selling links. My site was one of the sites that felt the full might of Google’s wrath, dropping Page rank 6 to 3; it had taken me two years to move from PR 0 to 6 and less than 24 hours to drop to PR3. My Google traffic didn’t seem to suffer though, so I didn’t rush out and cancel all my link adverts like some sites did.
However, in recent months my revenue from text link adverts had dwindled to a much smaller proportion of my overall revenue so I decided it was time to remove them altogether as the amount of income I was receiving just wasn’t worth the risk of antagonising google further and potentially getting completely delisted. So, just over two months ago in September I removed my text link ads and informed Google via their webmaster tools that I had done so, requesting that they reconsider my site.
Google definitely responded to my request; within 24 hours my page rank had increased from 3 to 4 after being stuck at 3 for 2 years, and in last week’s page rank update I went up another notch to PR5. Hopefully Google will restore my PR6 at the next update if I stay away from the paid links. I don’t know how big the google PR team is, but I’m amazed that they turned around my reconsideration so quickly. If you do find yourself falling foul of google at any point, you should definitely drop them a line as they do respond to reconsideration requests.
Have you had a similar experience with Google? Did your page rank go up as well last week?