Category Archives: Google

PageRank Madness

Everyone today is absolutely buzzing about the recent manual adjustment of some very high profile sites. It looks like and are just two of the sites hit with a two point drop in their ranks. has a list of sites being effected in a post entitled, “Google Changing the PageRank Algorithm?“.

One thing that I find odd about this whole thing is Google’s selection of sites as it doesn’t seem to just be high level sites, but a bunch of smaller ones as well, if you read the comments on various blogs, you will see it extends beyond the dozen or two blogs that are well known and rightfully concerned about this shift.

Many bloggers have also come up with theories pertaining to the reduction in PageRanks, and they are all spreading some fear, uncertainty and doubt around the blogosphere. It would be nice to know the real reason for these penalties, but I doubt Google will share that information.

I think this is the push that bloggers, and advertising systems needed to remove Google’s PageRank from their valuation systems. Now is the time to come up with a more complex formula to decide a sites advertising worth. Take their unique visitors, add in their RSS subscribers, look at their growth, and factor in a dozen other pieces of information, and you will come up with a system that hopefully, can’t easily be gamed.

Keep watch on your blogs PageRank, and the traffic that Google is sending you. Hopefully, this is just Google stirring the pot, and will settle down soon.

Originally posted on October 24, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

Google PageRank Penalty: Text Link Ads

Well, it looks like Google is cracking down on paid links, and some people are being hit hard with their rank dropping. The Stanford Daily saw their PageRank drop from an incredible PR 9 to a PR 7.

I have yet to hear one person say that their rank has gone up. This doesn’t mean that people won’t see their rankings rise over the next while, but Google is on the warpath against paid links.

It looks like Text-Link-Ads and similar companies might have a huge issue on their hand, and if nothing else, it can’t be good publicity, since the majority of their pricing is based on Google’s PageRank, and people buy these links in hopes of gaining PageRank to their own sites.

I have yet to experience any negative side effects on any of my blogs, but I am a very lightweight advertising sales person. I think I currently have one text link sold amongst all my blogs.

So far many of the sites owners I have talked to aren’t concerned about their dropping rankings as they continue to focus on bringing good content and an abundance of traffic to their sites, but over time this could become a competitive edge for those willing to forgo selling text links, and monetizing their blogs other ways. These sites that find these alternative revenue builders, could then eventually rank higher in Google, causing those selling links to re-think their lack of concern.

The question I have been getting quite often by people just entering the world of advertising sales is, “how does Google know I am selling text links?” Well, with systems like Text-Link-Ads and other text link sales companies, they have you put code on your site, and that leaves a footprint that Google can then search for, and once identified, and probably checked by a real person, they can adjust your PageRank accordingly.

The whole paid link market has to change, Google is forcing them to. It is a very interesting time to be an Internet marketer.

Originally posted on October 9, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

PageRank Update in Progress?

Well, it seems that some people are seeing a Google PageRank shuffle, and this always gets people overly excited. The conversation has been going on for a while now and some people are already fed up about the whole thing. There have already been two false “starts” with no result.

Are we actually getting a PageRank update? The next few days will tell. If Google does update, and you don’t get a rank this time around, it is never too late to start planning for the next update. Create content worth linking to, and create it often, and three to five months from now, you could see your PageRank take off.

Yaro is the one who tipped me off to this shuffle, and he says:

Like many webmasters, I always look at the PageRank of sites and it definitely impacts my opinion of them. I don’t think it’s an accurate measure, but it gets attention, and in today’s ad driven world wide web – that matters.

Watch, wait and listen everyone. If it is an update, are you excited or disappointed? I know for a fact, some of my sites might drop a bit since I haven’t been giving them the attention they deserve. I continually thought I would get back to them and make them great before this update, but as sometimes happens, life got in the way. Cross your fingers everyone…

Originally posted on September 28, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

PageRank Updates

While Google continually works on shifting the ranks of pages around, it is well known that around every 90 to 120 days, Google completely updates PageRanks, thus doing its little dance, and leaving people with a variety of different rankings. Sometimes people increase in PageRank, and other times people fall. There are also a few that stay in the same spot, and thus wonder why everyone is making a big deal.

That time is nearly at hand, with one set to happen sometime this August, and while it is most likely too late to do anything that would effect your PageRank in a major way, you can already start preparing for the next update.

I have already written a short primer on what can effect your PageRank, but to summarize it all into one bit of information: get links, give links, don’t sell links and of course write good content.

Good luck to everyone in the upcoming update.

Originally posted on August 8, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

Introduction to Things That Effect Your Page Rank

google_smGoogle is constantly tweaking its PageRank system, and it is important to continually optimize your site so that each time they update, you grow or keep your rank.

Here is what Google says about their PageRank system:

PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at considerably more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; for example, it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves “important” weigh more heavily and help to make other pages “important.” Using these and other factors, Google provides its views on pages’ relative importance.

There are some  things you can do to help boost your rank, and other things that you should avoid so that you aren’t penalized.


Always avoid posting in short bursts if you can, or even worse, at predictable intervals. Google will think you are a content scraper, or that their is a bot (computer program) at work behind the scenes.

Never write for machines. Writing for machines is when you fill your posts with keywords to the point of being spam. Google hates spam, and while you might get some decent traffic at first, if you aren’t writing for people, you will never make it to the upper echelons.

Try to make sure you keep static links in your sidebar and footer to a minimum. These static links are weighed strongly by Google, and if they are all linking to low quality sites, you can bet Google’s algorithm will start to consider you “low quality”.

The biggest tip I can give though is avoiding duplicate content. Some people don’t even realize they are creating duplicate content, but unfortunately, most blogging platforms publish the full text of your posts in more than one place. The full article might be on the front page, under a category archive page, and on your archives page. Google sees this as three articles in different places with the same content.

Positive Factors

There are some things that Google looks for that could work in your favor, and one of the biggest ones is inbound links. The more inbound links, especially quality links with a high Google PageRank, you can get pointing to your site, the bigger the boost you will get to your PageRank. Each link to your site is seen as approval from another site that you have quality content. If the site linking you has a higher rank, it is seen as someone important saying you have quality content, and so Google trusts their assessment.

It is said that Google also tracks things like RSS subscribers, but I am not sure how they would get such data, unless they are looking at how many are subscribing to your site via their Google Reader service. With Google now owning FeedBurner though, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is quickly going to become a more important addition to their ranking system, so promote your RSS feeds.

The last factor that I will mention in this article is how often your blog is clicked from their search results. This is where search engine optimization can play a key factor to boosting your PageRank in the next update. If you learn how to properly optimize your site, thus making people interested in clicking on your article rather than the one below or above you, it might just help you get to that next level.

Final Thoughts

Google is often seen as this big cloud in which little information is divulged, but through research, and due diligence, you can help Google see your site in a positive light and get that PageRank one step higher.

Originally posted on July 20, 2007 @ 7:58 pm