Google is currently hunting for sites that use bad linking schemes.
The only PageRank that matters is that of the page where a link appears. When Google removes all of the PageRank from the inner pages in a site, that should tell you something about what Google thinks of the site.
That would make directories a primary target for Panda, but most directories were slapped by Google long before Panda.
Originally Posted by meeralizz
There is a pattern that I have seen with a few sites over the past month. I observed this with several blog network sites. I suspect the same thing will soon happen to most directories.
1. Google traffic falls to near zero.
2. All inner pages lose their PageRank.
3. Site starts to get de-indexed.
4. Site is banned.
From Google's perspective, this is the easiest solution for dealing with sites that they don't like.
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