A few Google weirdness discovered today.
See Mum! No PageRank!
I was shocked this morning when the SearchStatus Firefox plugin shows the Google PageRank of this blog as -- nothing! It was 5 last time I checked which wasn't that long ago. It wasn't even a zero -- the PageRank bar basically blanked out as though this is a brand new site that Google has no knowledge of it!
And I swear that I have not been selling text links, nor paid reviews. Google can't just penalise me because I have been very slack in blogging?! When I try out some online PageRank checkers, some shows a 5, while others shows a -1. Hopefully it is just a tiny disturbance somewhere inside the Google Matrix...
Playground Now Has Google Sitelinks
The first thing after I discovered the disappearance of my PageRank is to check whether this site has been completely dropped from Google. So I searched for my name on Google, and was happy to see that this site still came up at top -- together with Sitelinks!!
I thought you need to be an important site to earn those cute sitelinks on Google SERP? Maybe Google has finally recognised the significance of this site on the intraweb?!
Then I found out
- Sitelinks page in Google Webmaster Tools still says "Google has not generated any sitelinks for your site"
- Almost all other sites now have Sitelinks when you use their names as search query.
So well, everyone else got it. Worse, I can't use Webmaster Tools to change them, as my Sitelinks actually don't show the best links.