PR Going, going, gone: What now?

By | November 15, 2007

googlesucksqz5I was filled with horror yesterday when I discovered that my potentially PR4 blog had had its PR reduced to zero, yes, that’s a ‘0’, a big fat ‘oh’. Nothing, nada… 875 posts, Tech, Alexa, and traffic all good, with 2 or 3K unique page views a month… And it’s worth nothing in Google’s eyes…

At first, I thought it was a glitch in the PR tools I was using but then I began to discover that many, many bloggers even those who’d had PR3s, 4s, and 5s, had simultaneously had their ranking reduced to ZERO by Google. Even big name bloggers have had their PR ranks reduced by upwards of 2 points.

Many other bloggers are just seriously p***ed off at Google for doing this. And why? Because it seems that Google want to be the only game in town for ranking, searching and monetizing websites. And that’s just not right. Google’s search engine is good, but Adsense is not, PageRank is now worthless, and competition is increasing…

Meanwhile, here are some of the reactions from others:

The thing about that thing, From Table4five blogger Elizabeth who writes…

But … I hate to tell them this, but they do not OWN THE INTERNET. The Internet was invented as a way to share information, plain and simple. “Oogle” might have it’s fingers in a lot of pies, but it is not the only game in town. There are other search engines, other RSS readers, other email systems. And I for one intend to give those other companies more of my business. …

The Community Izea Blog writes:

The problem with Google PageRank is that it is both self serving and irrelevant to actual traffic and influence. The arbitrary and unpredictable nature of this ranking system has left both bloggers and advertisers longing for accurate statistical data since long before PayPerPost. Unfortunately, there are few options out there when it comes to determining the value of a blog. While sites like Alexa attempt to estimate traffic they are inaccurate and do a terrible job when it comes to blogs with smaller niche audiences.

One of my favorite bloggers, Skeet has written about this, too. Skeet writes in colorful language:

I’m here to tell you folks, it doesn’t matter. At least not to me, and probably not to you if you see which way the wind is blowing. By using their new criteria for ranking blogs (whatever that might be) the Big G has shafted, not the bloggers, but themselves.

Other more well-known bloggers, too. AndyBeard, John Chow, etc… The list is getting longer by the minute, too… There are many excellent posts, too many to mention.

As you can guess, I’m angry, too. Google may own the index for Google, but I own my own blog. They can rank it any way they like, but I’ll be damned if they can tell me how to run my blog. Really, so I’m beginning my own campaign of action. I’m no David, but Google is a Goliath… I won’t be able to knock it down with a lucky strike of my sling, but… I’m going to chip away at it with the chisel of my words, supported by the hammer of my actions… It won’t be an easy victory, but it will be sweet.

I’ll outline my own plan of action against Google in the next few days… I don’t expect anyone to follow me, but I’ve had enough with this aggressive bullying behavior by a monopolistic company whose primary goal is now to eliminate competition in an illegal and uncompetitive manner. Is it time for us to be suing Google? Perhaps.

How has your blog been affected? Do you think it’s important or not? What are your plans now?

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22 thoughts on “PR Going, going, gone: What now?

  1. Elizabeth

    Thanks for linking to my post, Kenneth. I purposely didn’t use the word “G***le” in the title because I didn’t want to bring further wrath down upon my blogs. What I’m having the hardest time with now is understanding how to proceed from here. I don’t know if I should keep taking assignments from companies like Review Me and Sponsored Reviews, because they still think my blogs have Rank, when they don’t. I don’t know what to do about my Gmail account, because I have advertisers who contact me through it, and it’s such a pain to move everyone over to a different email address. I don’t want to make rash decisions when I don’t really know what’s going on. But I HATE not knowing what’s going on!

  2. InvestorBlogger

    Yeah, it’s a real problem, so I think you can just act with knowledge of your own conscience. If you feel bad that you don’t have PR, then don’t accept an opp that requires it. I would reckon that this whole situation is already well known to them… So don’t worry about it.

    I’m already making little changes to my ecosystem of bloggging with respect to Google… Because, simply, Google’s hegemony is partly a result of my own actions. So I simply cease to use their services as much as possible, then it will make life a little harder for them. I am stubborn, though (as my wife tells me)…

  3. Snoskred

    If you have a plan of action I’d love to hear what it is. I too have ceased my use of Google Services. Goodbye Google!

    I’m adding this post to the list of links I have in my post today.


  4. Kenneth Post author

    Woops! I lost that comment! Ok, I’m doing a post later today on what I’ve done, so do check back! Suffice to say, I’ve done something, but the later stages need careful planning.


  5. monk.e.boy

    Hahaha! 99.99% of people don’t even know what page rank is, it’s only SEOs and people selling crap on their blogs who do. Google has spanked all you splogs. Haha.

    BTW my blog went from PR0 to PR5, so the page rank update was a good thing as it moved all the splogs off page 1 and 2 😉

  6. Kenneth Post author

    Agreed 99.9% of people really don’t know, and don’t CARE about Page Rank. After all, what is Page Rank anyway? It’s only what Google thinks is important. And that is largely restricted to the English speaking world in America… What about websites in other countries…? Their PR rankings (even for well known websites in those countries) are surprisingly weak.

    Unfortunately, your ignorance of the whole situation is quite astounding if you think PR means that a website isn’t a splog. Or that a blog (like this one) is a splog. Or that a ‘Quality’ site means you have a high PR rank.

    More importantly, what happened to many of the bloggers can happen to anyone now. I’m fortunate: my blog has only less than 5% of traffic from Google, I couldn’t care less if it goes to zero, either. But many webmasters RELY exclusively on Google for Traffic. So I challenge YOU: How much of your traffic comes from Google?

    Oh, and by the way, leaving a fake email address a no-no.

  7. Kenneth Post author

    Oh, and by the way, monk.e.boy, your website ‘blog’ is only a PR4. Hah! Seems someone else got spanked, too…

  8. nile

    It does seem that google is taking on the world, and winning. I am also concerned that the quality of info the web has the ‘potential’ to display is going to turn to goo over the coming years as web sites intentionally upload pages and pages of content garbage to increase website visibility.

  9. InvestorBlogger Post author

    Nile, you might be right! But Google isn’t gaining traction in some areas… I think they would like us to think that they are going to buy out the ‘web’ but Google is becoming an established player, and its track record is spotty in many ways. Size is usually an entrepreneur’s worst enemy when the company becomes a multi-billion dollar affair!


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