Tuesday, February 26, 2008

My Page Rank Goes Down to 0!

Yeah. Just like everyone else who has ventured into paid blogging seriously, me too have been stripped of my ranking after less than a month of enjoying the badge displayed in my page. I should have ranted about this right away after I have lost my Page Rank 3 (PR 3), but I couldn't find the time to rant and rave and lambast Google for the evil act (haha!), thus this delayed post.
Well, I got too excited by the opportunities that came my way, especially the big bucks offered by PayPerPost. Had I known that PPP was a hot target by Google, I should have cooled down a bit and collected my senses before I grabbed all their offers. If only I heeded Smorty's warning right from the start which says and I quote in toto:
"There have been some recent changes that search engines have made with regard to sponsored postings.Smorty would like to offer you some advice on this issue. Search engines have primarily targeted member blogs and reduced their Page ranks across the board. Although this WILL NOT REDUCE your rankings or readership, your blog will receive more campaign offers if it has a higher page rank. To prevent any future loss of page rank due to this issue you can take the following steps:(1) Remove all sponsored post tags on each of your posts. Search engines can follow these tags to determine if you are being paid for posts.(2) Remove any other tags like "hire me" and "review me". Any general affiliate banners are fine to keep."
Too late for "if only's." I was one of those slapped by Google with zero ranking when they updated last January. Sure, I still can blog without my PR. I have never been particular with rankings but I would be a hypocrite if I say I wouldn't love a higher than zero rank; it wouldn't be too bad. My passion for blogging haven't been undermined by the PR zero-slapping attack by Google. I believe it has served its purpose- that of having to express oneself without being prejudged. Fostering friendships and enhanced relationships among and between co-bloggers are also a treasure that can not be paid by any amount of offers and higher page rankings.

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