**************************... I decided to see what was available over on PayPerPost so that I could do a quick paid post before writing my regular post for the day. I found a nice little $10 opp that looked pretty interesting, signed up for it, wrote it, submitted it, and got a message back telling me that I didn't meet the qualifications for the offer. HUH? I had a sneaky feeling I knew what that was about so I hopped over to a Google Page Rank Lookup Report and sure enough, the good folks at Google have dropped my blog from a Page Rank 4 to a Page Rank 2. It seems to be happening all over the place and I guess it was just a matter of time before Google decided to punish me along with everyone else who is doing paid posts.
Normally, this wouldn't bother as I didn't get into blogging to make money but times have been pretty tough lately and are only going to get tougher considering that there is no longer any overtime available at work. I had been counting on my paid posts to maybe be able to get some things for the girls for Christmas but now it looks like I am only going to be able to get $5 opportunities - if that. This really and truly stinks.
It isn't that I really like doing paid ads all that much - I don't - but I don't think that Google should be punishing me for doing them. I don't know exactly what they base Page Rank on, and I can't seem to find a straight answer anywhere explaining it, but apparently advertisers take it to heart as PayPerPost wasted no time in cutting me out from decent opportunities even though my Alexa ranking has improved. I just don't get it.
Oh well, I guess there's no sense crying over a dropped Page Rank but it just ticks me off as I feel it's a slap in the face and is Google's way of telling me that my blog stinks or something. Right now, I am not liking the people at Google very much - at all!