Not that I really care very much about the green pixels, but there’s a Toolbar PageRank update going on right now. You might care. You might make money off the green bar. So go ahead and check!
There’s one thing I know: Performancing was penalized from a PR 7 down to a PR 4. Despite numerous requests for clarification, and numerous “I’m your slave” reinclusion requests, Google has neither responded in word or deed.
So what’s the lesson?
Google is failing to reward the sites, even relatively big sites, that genuinely try to play by the rules. By neglecting our attempts to conform, I think that Google is unintentionally sending a message like this:
We don’t really care. Go back to your old ways of taking sponsored posts, and doing text-link-ads. You’ll make more money that way, and since you’re already penalized, why not make money in the process.
Really, we want to do things by the book. We want to be on Google’s good side. But psychologically, it’s hard to justify a large cut in revenue when Google fails to reward you properly for doing things properly.