It really sounds strange, but mysteriously it just works…
At the moment, it´s possible to check if a domain got penalized for selling links (or lost pagerank due any other kind of malicious activity).
The only thing you gotta do is put “hyves” as a subdomain in front of the domain to be checked.
It´s important that hyves is no existing subdomain of that peticular domain, otherwise it won´t work!
You will now get one of three different results for the pagerank of this non-existent subdomain -> PR7, PR4 and PR0.
PR7 means that the domain is perfectly fine
PR4 means that the domain got penalized by google
PR0 means that the domain got banned in Google
It´s really totally weird, but all the domains I checked had the right result! And all of my friends had a 100% accurate results too! I seriously have no idea, why this works, but apparently it does…
Check for example:
-> hyves.oswd.org (PR 4 – Clearly selling links under “Supporters”, and lost Pagerank lately)
-> hyves.tomshardware.com (PR 4 – Clearly selling links under “Partners”, and lost Pagerank lately)
-> hyves.google.com (PR 7 – Clearly not selling links …)
It really works with every domain I know that lost pagerank due to link-selling over here in germany… so weird!!
So check it fast, cause I think that this thing, for whatever reason it works, won´t work much longer, now that´s it´s public
UPDATE: Apparently it´s not working anymore! All sites are returning a PR0 at the moment. Pretty strange, right? I mean -> if it was bullshit or some kind of hoax, why was Google so incredibly fast to make it not work anymore…