I am a website design consultant: www.carolynfriedberg.com
About 10 months ago my PR slipped from 5 to 4. Around the same time, Planet Ocean reported that Google was penalizing sites with too many incoming links with the same anchor text. I changed the text on the 6-7 client pages that link to me and the descriptions in most of my 6-7 directory entries. The last I’d run a link analysis, I only had one or two other incomings.
Then my attention was diverted elsewhere until this month. While analyzing SEO for a client, I noticed I have 74 links in Yahoo and a whopping 186 from MSN. Meanwhile, Google has reduced its number to 4, though all of my known incoming links and their Google standings were still intact.
According to linkpopularity.com, all of the other links are from directories I’ve never heard of and to which I have never applied.
Am I correct in assuming this is the reason for my PR decline? If so, what can I do to cure it?