What’s Wrong with Penalty Disclosure?

It took Google about 1 day to react to the hyves subdomain disclosure. In case you can’t be bothered to click

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Written by Damon on February 3, 2009

It took Google about 1 day to react to the hyves subdomain disclosure.

In case you can’t be bothered to click the above link, it seems that for a short while the G-spot was disclosing whether a domain was penalized in the SERPs when you entered hyves.domain.com.

This is my third site and it has the lowest starting page rank of any site I’ve created: PR 0. I’m curious why.

Of course big G has plugged this evil leak so I don’t know if I’ve been penalized. But I’m left wondering if I’ve been penalized and wondering why.

I haven’t done anything to deserve a penalty. I don’t really believe that I’m suffering a penalty because Google sends me traffic for long-tail terms that I deserve to rank for and nothing for competitive terms that I didn’t expect.

But why can’t I check anyway?

I’d like to know if my early auto industry post which generated spammy, non-reciprocated, track-backs that soon disappeared signalled my new domain as spam.

I originally purchased my name as a domain about 2 years ago with Bluehost.

I then let the registration lapse and Network Solutions started spamming me telling me my-name.com was available.

I was forced to do business with Network Solutions when a domain I wanted was pre-sold through an exclusive domain affiliate deal.

Let’s just say that imo they are part of the problem, not the solution.

What I’d like to know is if I’ve been penalized because Bluehost or, more likely, Network Solutions put up a spammy parking page between when I first registered my name and now.

I’m not bitter at Google. They are sending traffic in volumes consistent with new sites like mine. And they obfuscate Page Rank so it’s possible there isn’t any real penalty.

Still, I’d like to know.

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