11 Months Later, Google Removes Google Japan’s PageRank Penalty

On February 11, 2009, we reported Google penalized Google Japan for selling links. It resulted in Google.jp having their toolbar PageRank score drop from a 9 to a 5. Shaun Anderson noticed today that Google.jp now returns a toolbar PageRank score of 8. He said prior to December 31st, it was still a PageRank of 5.

He asked if this means that most PageRank penalties last 11 months? No, I don’t think so – it depends on the situation. But in this case, Google clearly wanted to make a case of themselves and did so. 11 month PageRank penalty is a long time and can set a nice precedent for future cases.

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