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google sitemaps indirectly dropped my pagerank (me thinks)

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by Game Producer, Jan 15, 2009.

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    I was selling tla links, and linking to tla affiliate program in my site.

    at some point I read that it was a good idea to submit a google sitemap (I do agree with that...)

    well, I did that...

    ... just to notice that my site PR then dropped.

    Some time ago I removed all pages that linked to tla program and requested my pr back. Within a week (or so) they got the rank up (which was cool).

    I'm not sure, but it might be that since tla site has been penalized for traffic, and since I was linking to that site from my site... my site got penalized (and my sitemap provided google plenty of information :D).
    maybe they spotted it anyway, but I just started thinking if they spotted selling because of sitemaps?

    (Disclaimer: I reserve the right to be totally wrong on this. This is just pure guesswork & gut feeling, but I thought to share. Anybody else spotted something similar?)
    Game Producer, Jan 15, 2009 IP