Latest Google PageRank Update – How Are You Doing?
Posted on 5th October, 2007
I was reading 5xmom.com yesterday and noticed a post containing the word Sabahan.com in the title.
5xmom.com is one of the few local blogs that I like to visit for some dose of interesting insights about online making money issues that are often lacking in most local “how to make money” blogs.
The post mentions that Sabahan.com PageRank had dropped from PR5 to PR4. I don’t usually monitor my own PageRank regularly each time someone announces that an update is underway but this post has definitely caught my attention because it’s about me LOL.
In addition to Sabahan.com other blogs that have experienced a drop include Hongkiat.com and 5xmom’s personal blog at Chanlilian.net. Earlier, the popular JohnChow.com had also lost its PageRank 6.
So what’s happening here?
As mentioned in the post, I’ve never wrote paid posts in Sabahan.com so that couldn’t be a reason for the PR drop. Writing paid post means, you are not only spreading your PageRank amongst your internal pages but across the external site as well.
So instead of voting for your own pages, your vote goes to the external site. As a result, your internal pages will have a smaller share of your own Google juice. When you are leaking PageRank here and there it would be harder to climb up the PageRank ladder especially if you are just starting out.
While I’m aware that writing paid posts could offer a good source of income, there’s a balance you need to observe between putting money in your pocket and building a good reputation as far as Google is concern. That is if you are concern about your Google PageRank and search engine rankings. But then again, you don’t have to depend on Google to make money do you? 🙂
My personal opinion is that a site with PR7 or higher would likely be able to get away with almost anything, and emerge unscathed after each PR update. After you gain Google’s trust, your content will be seen as credible and useful for readers regardless of whether they are paid post or not. That’s not to say you are invisible though.
While I don’t do paid post here, I do sell text link ads but I’ve been careful not to accept ads that are remotely unrelated to my niche.
If selling TLA is the reason why I lost my PR, I wonder if AdesBlog.com, a blog with a PR7 will be next. Unlike Sabahan.com, Adesblog.com is more willing to accept text links from totally unrelated niches but so far it manages to sail through the PR update unscathed.
I can think of several other possible reasons for the drop in PR such as my Partner Page which Google might consider as an excessive link exchange attempt. Other reason could be perhaps some of the high PR pages have suddenly stopped linking to Sabahan.com
But at the end of the day, it’s not something that’s worth losing sleep over – it’s how the system works and the only constant is change. I have other websites that have been experiencing changes in their PR where one website has its PR juggled between PR5 and PR6 over the course of several years but it doesn’t affect the bottom line and traffic level.
While I understand that PageRank is important especially if you are writing paid post or selling text links ads, you’ll be better off spending your time building a better blog and not to worry too much about your PageRank.
Unless my PR drops to 0 overnight, it’s business as usual for me.