My google pagerank has gone from a 3, to a 2. Ridiculous. Absolutely unbelievable…
I probably have about 10 times as many incoming links than i had at the previous update (when i went from a PR0 to PR3). I’ve also re-jigged my SEO strategies since then, leaving nothing to chance. I’ve blogged more consistently and all of this has resulted in record RSS numbers and Alexa ranks, plus Technorati ranks.
Google have slapped me, just like they’ve done with JohnChow (now a PR4 from PR6), TylerCruz (PR3 from PR5), ProBlogger (Pr4 from PR6), Ades (Pr5 from PR7)… you name it. Any blogger out there seems to have been hit hard by this update and Google really are starting to play games. Even engadget have been hit, going from a 7 to a 5
What the hell is going on
Pagerank doesn’t mean anything on it’s own, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s bloody annoying.
I don’t think there’s one person out there who would say this blog has deteriorated since April/March when the last PR snapshot was taken. Certainly all of the other stats don’t suggest that. The fact i’ve been blogging solidly in those 5/6 months since that, plus building up legitimate backlinks, surely should be rewarded, not punished
It’s a bold move by the PageRank police. I’ve mentioned before google do not want to get on the wrong side of webmasters,but over the past 6 months or so they’ve certainly lost an awful lot of respect from me and i know some other people feel the same.
The most logical explanation for this drop is due to the fact i’m a member of PayPerPost. I can’t think of any other reason. Matt Cutts has spoken before about paid links and how google don’t like them. John Chow got battered by Google by basically being sandboxed and then stripped of his pagerank 6.
Google also pulled the plug on text-link-ads by sandboxing them in the SERPS. It’s no secret that google don’t like paid links. If they go after bloggers for using sponsored posts or links, well they’re not doing themselves any favours in the long run. Websites running google adsense haven’t been crippled… adsense is, in effect, a method of getting paid to blog/run a site
Granted, adsense holds no link value or power in terms of SEO or pagerank, but then again CPC ads, in my opinion, deliver poor results for advertisers compared to sponsored posts. They also, in general, deliver poor results to the small publishers who own a little blog, with maybe 20 hits a day.
Bloggers aren’t going to stop using advertising networks, i’m certainly not going to bow to the Google Machine. I lost my ‘Google can do no wrong’ attitude after they banned me from adsense, which i still maintain wasn’t my fault and due to their lack of openness with statistics/tracking, it would have been impossible for me to differentiate between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ clicks.
This latest sucker punch from Google isn’t as big a blow, simply because all other stats are on the up. It’s annoying though, even if it just dents my pride more than anything else