Friday, November 16, 2007

Sitting at the Bottom of the Heap

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Less than a week ago I posted about how my Google Page Rank had suddenly dropped from a PR4 to a PR2 (in the midst of writing a paid post) and today I have found that it has dropped once again to a PR0. A ZERO! What in the blue hell is going on here??

As much as I'd like to believe that Google is not actually punishing people for having paid posts on their blogs that are other than Google AdSense Ads, it sure looks like that is the case as I appear to be in very good company here at the bottom - Claire from A Little Piece of Me, Kai from both The Buzz Queen and Just Me, Tisha from Crazy Working Mom, Mags from Ms Maggie Moo Talks 2 U, Misty Dawn of My Dogs Keep Me Sane, and countless others found (or will find) their blogs to be ranked a big fat zero this morning. What I don't get is that there are others whose blogs have not quite tumbled yet that do paid posts but I guess it takes time to de-rank thousands of blogs so their time will be coming.

After getting bumped down to a PR2 last weekend, I spent some time researching how Google actually ranks pages with their fancy-dancy algorithm and the best that I could find was that it was based on backlinks. Backlinks are not supposed to expire according to what I read so how on earth did I lose all of my backlinks since last Sunday? I am confused, I am angry, and I am hurt.

I thought long and hard before I started doing any paid ads even though other friends who had been doing them for some time had encouraged me to do them due to the extra income that they could generate. I didn't want to "spoil" my blog with a bunch of ads but after giving it a lot of thought and deciding that chances were good I could still maintain the "integrity" of my blog while earning a little very-much-needed cash on the side, I decided to go for it. I started doing paid posts in September and I've tried very hard to make sure that they were quality posts and didn't detract from the regular, unpaid content of my blog. I still wrote about the things that I wrote about before, there were just ads in between that people were more than welcome to skip over but I can say that I tried to make those ads uniquely my own and I also tried to put a little extra into each one of them as I have always believed that if you're going to do something - do it to the best of your ability and make it something that you would be proud to say "yeah, that's mine".

I thought I had done that - was doing that - but apparently that matters not to the folks at Google. Despite the fact that my Traffic Rank, Reach, and Page Views have all increased over the past six months, Google has chosen to drop my blog's ranking to a lousy zero. I feel like I just flunked a test or cheated on my taxes or something. Boo to you, Google, and shame on you for punishing people who are trying to make a better living for themselves by doing paid posts.

Fortunately, the powers-that-be at IZEA (formerly PayPerPost) are aware of what's going on and are working on fast-tracking their new RealRank system which will eliminate Google Page Rank as being a factor in what a blogger qualifies for when it comes to eligibility for paid ads. If you're a Postie and are interested in reading about that, check out this post here in the IZEA Blog. In the meantime, though, it looks like that money I was counting on for Christmas presents is going to be hard-pressed to come by. I still have an opportunity or two available but until this mess gets straightened out I'm sure they are going to be few and far between.

This stinks - on ice - and I feel like I've been sucker-punched but what's a poor, helpless blogger to do? Well, this one has to go to work and put in some overtime today to try to earn a little extra cash which will keep me from visiting other blogs until tomorrow (I held over at work last night for the same reason) but I promise to get caught up as soon as I've had a chance to sit in the corner and cry over the fate of my poor little blog and feel sorry for myself for a bit.

15 comments:

  1. Hey - just glanced up here at your page rank and you've improved greatly apparently cause it's showing up as a 3 for me today! I'm still ticked, depressed too, over the crapola PPP is dishing out my way - or so it seems.

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  2. Miss Bee was complaining about that yesterday, me, I have not a clue what my page rank is.....

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  3. I've seen lots of others with this same problem. I'm sorry it's happening.

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  4. I think that IZEA is going to nip this in the bud. We'll just have to sit out a few games 'till they get us back on track. Keep your chin up. Your blog is great and it is a 10 in my book. Soon, Google PR will not matter anyhow. ;)

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  5. That's just not fair!

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  6. I know what you mean. My Technorati seems to have gone down as well.

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  7. I don't do paid ads other than adsense, but I don't have a clue on how to check my ranking. Since I don't really care what it is, that isn't particularly important though I would like to know how in case interest strikes at some point.

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  8. Since I don't do paid ads, I'm a little fuzzy on all this but it sounds like Google is out to "corner the market." Why doesn't that surprise me these days???

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  9. Like I told Kai, Pox on google for this... pox, I say....POX!

    You, my dear (and all my blogger buds), are not big fat ZEROS!

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  10. Yes, this truly bites the big one - but I like what I read from IZEA!

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  11. Oh, and just so you know - I think ALL of your posts - paid and unpaid - are fantastic!

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  12. I thought the Page Ranking system by google was every 3 months - how can you go down to a 2 and then less than a month later go down to a zero? It took me three months with a new URL to go from a ? to a zero and then another three months to go from a zero to a 3. So, it takes 3 months to move up, but they can penalize you overnight down to a zero?
    Clearly, someone at google has their panties in a wad over the whole PPP issue.

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  13. here's a hankie, I'm rounding up a posse, where shall we meet??

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  14. In our favor, Google have growth targets to meet, and if they tee off too many bloggers, they may not meet them. So I guess keep on blogging and telling Google they suck and they will have to do something, even if the motivation is their shareholders

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  15. My two Key questions are:

    1. Has the lower Page Rank changed the number of your readers?

    Although I am no Page Rank expert, I have not seen any major difference in my stats since Google has reevaluated its algorithm and changed the Page Rank of all Bloggers.

    2. Why are Paid Posts tied to a Page Rank and not a Blog's traffic?

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