But something strange has happened on this blog – the main blog entry page has a PageRank of 5, the parent website has a PageRank of 4, but the PageRanks for most of the child pages have dropped to zero.
Now I know that posts have been a bit thin on the ground this month (I’ve been busy at work, as well as working on another website), but I can’t understand why the rankings have dropped. I found this when I was using the site search feature to find something that I knew I’d written, but it didn’t come up. Entering
site:markwilson.co.uk as a Google search brings back 258 results, but this blog has nearly 500 entries, plus archive pages and the parent website – where have all the others gone? Some recent entries, like the one on Tesco’s VoIP Service, have a PageRank of zero but still come back on a search (at the time of writing, searching for
Tesco VOIP brings back my blog as the third listed entry). Others just don’t appear in search results at all. Meanwhile some old posts have PageRanks of 2 or 3.
I know (from my website statistics) that Googlebot is still dropping by every now and again. So far this month it accounts for 3319 hits from at least 207 visits – I just can’t figure out why so many pages have a PageRank of zero (which seems to be a penalty rank, rather than “not ranked yet” marking).
I don’t deliberately try to manipulate my search rankings, but steady posting of content has seem my PageRank rise to a reasonable level. I just don’t understand why my second-level pages are not appearing in the index. The only thing I can think of is that it’s something to do with my new markwilson.it domain, which is linked from this blog, and which redirects back to a page at markwilson.co.uk (but that page has no link to the blog at the time of writing).
I’ve just checked the syntax of my robots.txt file (and corrected some errors, but they’ve been there for months if not years). I’ve also added
rel="nofollow" to any links to the markwilson.it domain. Now, I guess I’ll just have resubmit my URL to Google and see what happens…