With all the decrease in bloggers’ page rank, you might be wondering why? Here is a tool that could help you determine the cause – Bad Neighborhood – Tools for the Uncommon Webmaster. The have a text link checker tool that will determine if links on your blog my cause problems.
Each link is checked and three areas are checked. First, the checker determines if the link is Blog Spam. If the link directs to a page where a lot of the incoming links are from blogs, the Blog Spam icon will occur. Some commercial website tend to increase their page rank by blog comment spamming, so be sure to check the comments on the post.
The check then determines the Link Density. A page that has more than 100 links is sometimes considered a link farm or it could be a blog with a lot of comment spam.
The last item is if the link passes the “family friendly” test or if the page is not found. Links to online gambling, adult entertainment, etc. will get flagged and will pages with redirects or the link is no longer valid.
I ran this tool on one of my blogs and found a number of links where the page did not exist anymore. I will try and clean these up. Some of the links were paid posts and thus not changeable. However, even correcting a few items could bode well the next time Google does a Page Rank revision.