Yup, our amigos at Google have decided that The Canadian Personal Finance Blog is contravening their rules, and thus it has been slapped back down to Page Rank 0 (Zero), and all of the entailing crap that goes with that.
What caused this BCM? I have no frigging idea, but I at least did get a nice note from them telling me of this fact (and I quote):
Dear site owner or webmaster of https://www.canajunfinances.com/,
We’ve detected that some of your site’s pages may be using techniques that are outside Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.
Specifically, look for possibly artificial or unnatural links on your site pointing to other sites that could be intended to manipulate PageRank. Examples of unnatural linking could include selling links to pass PageRank or participating in link schemes.
We encourage you to make changes to your site so that it meets our quality guidelines. Once you’ve made these changes, please submit your site for reconsideration in Google’s search results.
If you have any questions about how to resolve this issue, please see our Webmaster Help Forum for support.
Artificial or unnatural linking? Anyone knows what that actually might mean? Selling links? OK I have one paid for link on my page, and I used Text-Link-Ads, so guilty there, but not sure what link schemes I am using (I don’t actually have that many folks that have linked to my site lately).
Oh well, I have looked around and will try to clean up some of my links, and I have asked for an appeal on this, but I am not overly confident this will happen in the next little while. For the longest time I was at ZERO and then I jumped back to PR: 5, but now I am back where I started from. Life is never dull when you run a Financial Blog.