Well, apparently Copyblogger’s Page Rank will not be dropping from 6 to 4, and is instead showing as 7 across 39 of 45 datacenters. Even though it likely means nothing from a practical standpoint, it’s nice to have my name cleared.
I didn’t have anything to do with talking to Google, as I was way too busy with Teaching Sells. But here’s what I was told about discussions between b5media and a Google representative.
b5: “Umm… Google?”
b5: “Is this PageRank thing supposed to penalize bloggers who are in blog networks?”
Google: “No, this is a warning to those who sell links.”
b5: “Umm… well, Copyblogger has never sold links.”
Google: “Whoops. Well, we have a problem.”
b5: “What’s that?”
Google: “We’re fresh out of PR 6 designations for this update.”
b5: “What? Are you kidding?”
Google: “How does a nice PR 7 sound?”
b5: “Let me ask Brian.” (pretends to call me)
b5: “Ok, he says that’s fine.”
Google: “Great. Sorry again.”
Note: The part about Google being out of PR 6 designations is a joke, as is the part about having to “give” me a 7. The 7 is the Page Rank the blog would have had anyway but for the “warning” that wasn’t applicable to me. Just to be clear.