Daily Express and OK hit with PageRank penalty
There was a story yesterday that the Express has been emailing SEOs selling links. I went over to the Express home page. And was fairly shocked to see it has a toolbar pagerank of just 4, which seems incredibly low for a newspaper site (er, it puts it on a par with my homepage toolbar pagerank!).
It definitely used to be higher than this.
Update The OK website has also been hit. Its toolbar pagerank is now 2 as Andrew points out in the comments.
- 154 days ago it was PR 5 according to realwebsiteworth.com.
- 39 days ago it was PR 3 according to website shadow.
- 7 days ago it was PR 2 according to sitelogr.com.
I originally said it looks like Google has reacted to the revelation by penalising the visible pagerank of the Express. This data for OK suggests its being downgraded for some time - but did take another hit in the last month.