Of all people, Gobala Krishnan forgets to renew his blog’s domain name at http://www.gobalakrishnan.com/ and as it appears, the domain has expired on 14 March 08 and now redirected to Godaddy’s domain parking page.
A similar incident happened to Advertlets.com, a Malaysian own online advertising company which had its domain expired on January 3, 2008. The case attracted quite an attention as it involved thousands of publishers who sell advertising space via Advertlets.com system.
Anyway back to Gobala, he is a great Internet marketer and one can only wonder how he could end up having one of his important domain names expires. But I understand that he was probably just too busy with other important projects which could easily steal a considerable amount of his time.
OK, I think a more descriptive and appropriate title would probably be something along the line “Google shouldn’t have given my PageRank back when I’m still selling Text Link Ads!” LOL.
While some claim that the long awaited update took place on March 2nd 2008, it didn’t seem to have any affect on my blog until recently. I first noticed my PageRank value was no longer zero last Friday after I made some changes to my blog.
To make sure that it wasn’t just a normal spike that could happen during a PageRank update, I decided to wait for a couple of days before writing about it. I ran a future PageRank check to see what my PageRank values were across several Google datacenters.
Sure enough, all datacenters agree that Sabahan.com is now a PageRank 3. So what did I do to have my PageRank back while I still serve Text Link Ads on my blog?
I received an email from a reader recently asking me about the differences between Blogspot and WordPress and which one is better if one wants to setup a blog with its own domain name.
This is probably one of the most common questions asked by newbies when starting out their journey in the blogging world. I’m posting my answer here for the benefit of those who may have similar questions.
BlogSpot aka Blogger.com (I’m going to use this term to refer to this service) is a hosted blogging service. Hosted means, you don’t have to worry about spending money on web hosting because they will take care of that for free.
You can setup your own custom domain name (like Sabahan.com) instead of opting for the more common blogname.blogspot.com address setup on Blogger.com. Using your own domain has the inherit advantage in that it can be used as a branding platform while helping your blog appears more credible to your readers.