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Wow, Google Doesn’t Like Me Anymore

by Adrienne Smith on June 30, 2011

Wow, Google Doesn't Like Me AnymoreAs the excited chatter spread across the social networking sites, I was thrilled to hear from several of my friends that their page rank had improved.  Yep, Google made another update and many of my friends who definitely deserve more recognition were finally receiving their dues.

As word continued to spread I decided it was about time to see how Google had viewed my blog lately.  I guess you can imagine my surprise when I saw that I had been bumped from a PR4 to a PR2.  Wow, Google doesn’t like me anymore. That really hurt!

As I sat there scratching my head over what the heck just happened, the lovely Miss Brankica and I went through a few things that could have warranted this change.  Things like had I changed the topic of my blog lately or had I deleted any good pages?  There was a definite “no” to both of those questions.  What it comes down to is really in theory, Google thinks I’m less of an authority now.  I find this really rather disturbing because since the first of this year I’ve received a big increase in traffic to my site, my Alexa rating is hovering around 87,000, I’m getting so many more comments then I did last year and I have a lot more blogs linking to my site.

So no one wants to go backwards, especially when it comes to Google but I can’t be too terribly upset.  How many times have we heard that we can’t really rely on the “numbers”? What I mean by that is when you visit my blog and read my posts, do you check my Alexa rating or my page rank before you decide if I’m worth your time?  If my numbers are higher do you see me as more of an authority on the subject I’m writing about?  Now that my page rank has dropped, does it mean you think any less of my content?

As I talked to a few more people about the drop in my page rank I found it kind of funny that they didn’t even realize that my blog had been at a PR4. How many people really pay attention to the numbers when they visit a blog for the first time?  If their page rank isn’t very high do you just decide it’s not worth your time?  Now that you know how Google views my blog do you see me as less of an authority on the topics I write about?  See where I’m going with this?

I took a little spin around the web and checked out a few blogs of people that I think are top dogs in the online industry just to see what their page rank was.  I was very surprised to see that one blog had no page rank at all while another had a PR2 just like me.  I was shocked to be honest with you.

So we all know that when you have more inbound links coming to your site that are more authority links, your blog will start getting much more recognition.  That recognition is what’s going to move you up in the search engines and help your blog get viewed more.  I guess only time will tell on how much more or less traffic I receive due to this decrease in page rank.

Although I was taken back by my sudden drop, I guess this just means that I’m going to have to start all over again to see how I can’t resolved this in the eyes of Google. Trust me, I will continue to blog and I will continue to share what I learn and as I grow.  I will continue to visit the blogs I enjoy reading whether Google thinks highly of them or not.

I want to congratulate all my wonderful blogging friends who have moved up in the Google ranks.  It’s definitely a great feeling, it’s something you should be very proud of and I would wear it well.  All I can say is watch out cause it looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me now.  Ah but I do love a good challenge.

Thanks for listening and I hope all of you have wonderful news to share with me when you leave me your thoughts.  I’m anxious to hear how much your page rank has increased because I certainly don’t want Google to be upset with you either.

Look forward to hearing from each and every one of you.

{ 108 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chrysta Bairre
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June 30, 2011 at 8:33 AM

A very interesting article! I don’t pay too much attention to PR as my newer blog is PR1. I agree that PR doesn’t play a role in which blogs I read, comment, stumble or tweet. My goal for my blog is to build a brand, generate future business opportunities and, most importantly, to inspire and engage professionals. I know that having a high PR is supposed to be good for my blog, but right now I’m pretty happy where I’m at, regardless of my PR.

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2 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Hi Chrysta,

The funny thing is, I really don’t pay that much attention to it either. I mean a good ranking will definitely benefit your site but it’s never stopped me from visiting someone’s blog just because it’s low. I guess when these updates occurred is when I really started seriously thinking more about it. Newer blogs will take time to start ranking but as you build your brand and start sharing more content as well as getting those comments to your site, you will eventually start making your way up there too.

I really appreciate your comment and thank you for sharing your thoughts on this topic. It really got me to thinking and wondering how others view this too.

Enjoy your day!

Adrienne

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3 Dia June 30, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Which tool do you check for pr? I know there are a few of them out there. Don’t worry about it my friend. What you should ask yourself is the following?
Am I getting more traffic to my site? More page views? Making more sales? The key is consistent growth. You are doing great. :) Thanks for sharing Adrienne

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4 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Hey Dia,

I have the SEO Book toolbar and can instantly check not only your page rank but your Alexa rating as well as how many links are coming into your site and from where. It’s got lots of great information.

I’m not necessarily worried, I was just really surprised. I mean here I am thinking I’m doing the right things over here and to my sudden surprise, Google thinks the exact opposite. We definitely want to be found in the search engines and so far it’s been my number one source. Just really confused although you are right. I continue to get more traffic, more page views, more business partners and sales so in my eyes that is what I should concentrate on instead.

Thank you for your thoughts on this. I really do appreciate it. Just happy my readers still like me! :-)

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5 Jens P. Berget
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June 30, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Don’t listen to Google, you are PR10 with all your readers. That’s the truth. We shouldn’t listen to anybody else, no matter if the company is Google or Facebook or whatever. Our readers, and customers are what matters. If they love you, nothing can beat this, no numbers, no PR or Alexa ranking.
I actually just checked my PR Ranking, just because I read your article, and my blog is at 3. I have no clue what it was at before the update, and I don’t know my current Alexa ranking, or what’s happening at Google Analytics. All I do, is write and create relations to fantastic people, I’ve discovered that I really enjoy this a lot more than what I used to do. I used to be all obsessed with numbers, and was looking at my statistics every hour or so :)

Don’t forget you are the best, no matter what the stats are telling you.

Jens

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6 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Hi Jens,

Ah you are TOO sweet my friend. :-(

I’m definitely not obsessed with numbers although I have learned that they are very important. Of course I’m online making a living so I have to pay attention to them. But you are right, my readers continue to visit, I continue to make sales and get new business partners so in the end that’s what really matters more. I’m happy to hear that your blog is now a PR3. See, you’re the man! Moving on up in the ranks my friend.

Thanks for those words of encouragement, they really mean a lot. Glad my readers still love me! :-)

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7 Carolyn
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July 1, 2011 at 9:05 PM

I must agree with Jens. Given the choice, would you rather have a bunch of adoring readers, loads of Tweets and copious insightful comments or a good GPR? I know, it’s easy to say numbers don’t mean anything, but they drive me nuts too. You are so amazingly open with us, I can’t imagine your GPR won’t rise soon.

I’m wondering if the new GPR has anything to do with the +1 button. I’ve clicked yours, I hope that helps!

I completely agree with Jens, you rock!

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8 Adrienne Smith
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July 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Thanks for saying that Carolyn, I appreciate it. In the scheme of things, I want it all! LOL!!! But if it were one or the other I’d definitely take the adoring readers, loads of tweet and copious insightful comments any day. :-)

They did this update before the Google +1 button came into play but I have a feeling that will have something to do with their next update. Why else bother with it right! But as everyone has clearly stated, I believe it’s a combination of things that took my site down a couple of notches. But no worries, life is still good over here at the Smith household…

I appreciate you saying that though. Seriously, that means a lot. So glad everyone still wants to hang out at my place every once in awhile. By the way, you rock too young lady!

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9 Mouh
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June 30, 2011 at 8:42 AM

I did notice the change and I knew you’ll write about it. I don’t really know what happened. I read that some dropped from 5 to 0!

The PR doesn’t correlate with the amount of traffic you get or your rankings. You shouldn’t really care as you long as you’re getting good amount of web traffic. I know it is easier than done. But that’s the truth. Traffic is what matters. As far as authority is concerned, some people don’t even have Google Toolbar to check your rankings. There are other things on your blog that prove you’re an authority. Your content, the high number of comments, Tweets, etc.

Good luck Adrienne. :)

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10 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 8:59 AM

LOL!!! You KNEW I’d be speaking my mind on this subject. That’s too funny Mouh, you know me so well. :-)

Can you believe they think I don’t know what I’m talking about? These are my own learning experiences and I’m going through each and every one of them and then I share with my readers. My blog has gotten more attention in the last six months than it ever has and they bumped me. I’m still just really confused about how they perceive this.

I know it all has to do with the linking more than the traffic and although I let a few comments slip in every once in awhile that probably aren’t as quality as I would like, I’m not going to turn anyone’s away if it’s not spam. What does that say about me as a person? I’m here to share what I know and I want to honestly hear from people on what they think.

Thank you for saying that Mouh. When I started this blog I never set out with any particular goal in mind. I mean I’m not making any money with it but it is helping me build relationships with others which does lead to people wanting to work with me. I’ll continue to share what I have learned on my journey while here. I think in the long run, that’s all that really matters. I know others will disagree but that’s okay too. I just appreciate your thoughts on this and it helps know that you still like me! :-)

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11 Terry D. June 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Uhhhh – what’s a pr rating? And more important who cares?

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12 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Since you blog for pleasure you probably aren’t aware of how Google rates your blog. PR stands for page rank and it’s how Google views how much of an authority you are in your chosen niche. The higher the page rank the better chance you have of landing on the first few pages of Google. The more people will see your information and of course, the more you can grow your list which we all hope will lead to sales. That is summing it all up without going into a bunch more detail.

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13 Benny
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June 30, 2011 at 11:50 AM

I saw the chatter a couple days ago. I checked mine and saw it was a PR2! Now its not that important to me but I’m just happy to see a 0 anymore. I didn’t do much reading on the true importance of PR but I did see some headlines stating it’s not that important.

I didn’t know you were a PR4! Really no one checks. Also the Alexa ranking. Looks nice but humans determine the quality of your content. Not Google!

But it is strange that you dropped. Google has a mind of its own for sure.

I just found out Google is only a PR9!! I would imagine it’d be a 10. Odd.

You still rock!!

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14 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I get varying opinions on this subject. Some will swear on their lives that the numbers are SO important while others will tell you to not worry so much. I’m happy to hear that since your is still rather new, a PR2 is great.

Yeah, I think that’s what is so funny. A lot of people didn’t even know my blog had ranked much higher which goes to show me that a lot of people just don’t really pay attention to the numbers. But if you want your site ranked higher in the search engines and you are doing your best to continue to move up the Google ladder, they will definitely pay attention to those numbers. That’s why people will purposely go out and find sites that have a PR3 and above to leave comments on. It will help their blogs look good in the eyes of Google.

Oh well, such is life. Like you said, Google has a mind of it’s own and that’s funny that they also dropped because they use to be a PR10. That I do know for sure.

Thanks Benny, you rock too. I’m just so blessed to have such awesome friends.

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15 John
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June 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Adrienne I had just blogged about this right before the update.

My main site that I put all the work into is a PR4, while a site that I built and have technically abandoned is a PR5!! C’mon Google! It’s hard to put too much faith in those numbers when stuff like that happens.

Neither site was affected in the update but it still makes me wonder. Especially if you were downgraded then that really removes my trust of the PR algorithm.

Oh well, even Google says content is king and you obviously have great content that people keep coming back for. I wouldn’t even worry! As Jens said you are PR10 wit me!

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16 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Ah John, thank you so much for sharing that with me. Wow, you have a site that’s a PR5 that you haven’t done anything with and it wasn’t affected! See why I’m over here just confused as hell! Come on Google, what do you want from me? I’ve got people coming to my site, finding me through the search engines yet now you don’t like me anymore. My trust and faith in them went down several notches due to this as well.

I really appreciate you saying that, I’m touched. Truly! I’m so glad you guys aren’t making much of this either. That means a lot. Thanks for sharing this with me John. You’re the best my friend.

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17 Terry D. June 30, 2011 at 11:54 AM

But Adrienne, although I blog for pleasure, there is much that one day, I’ll be able to sell as a result of my blog. My goal is (and always has been) to build a following, establish myself as having something valuable to contribute and then to market that something valuable in the form of books and public speaking/workshops. I don’t understand page rank but I do understand content. Good content invites more good content and I’m happy to say I’ve just been invited to write with some of the finest bloggers it’s my pleasure to have met on this journey. It’s called the insomnia club and I found them because YOU suggested mixing it up with other writers. Page rank? phtttt People rank? Yeppers – Oh I know I’ll work at SEO religiously but at least in my case, it will be an offshoot of CO (content optimization)
Love ya – have a great day
T.

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18 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Congratulations my friend, I’m thrilled to hear that you’ve been invited to write with other bloggers. And you took my suggestion and mixed some things up. That is just awesome to hear.

If you intend to use your blog for that reason in the future you will want to learn more about this. Content is important, absolutely. Visiting other blogs, having them comment on your posts will bring more visitors and you will eventually start moving up in the eyes of Google. IF you have relevant links pointing back to your site. But it’s also about building relationships and that’s how doors will start opening for you. Your blog itself might not be the money maker but it will be what opens the doors for you to head in that direction.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful news with me. I love that Terry… You go man! :-) Can’t wait to hear how this all pans out.

Adrienne

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19 Brankica
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June 30, 2011 at 2:23 PM

When you see that Google itself is PR 9 what can you expect :)

I am still scratching my head about why would you drop because your blog is growing and growing, but you never know.

I am glad that some blogs got PR cause they deserved it, and I am sorry for all the drops because so many good blogs were dropped while some not so great ones were rewarded. I would say that black hat stuff still works great :(

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20 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 2:40 PM

LOL!!! I know Bran, I saw that and laughed so hard! They are even penalizing themselves, go figure!

All I know is that I’m doing great, I’m happy with my progress, I’m happy with my content, I’m thrilled with my comments, I’m loving the connections I’m making and I’m still making money. All is good over here in Adrienne Land whether Google seems to think so or not! And I’m really happy to hear the excitement in some of my buddies voices that got moved up the ladder. Whether you want to admit it or not, it’s a nice feeling to get recognized for work you believe you are doing justice to!

Thanks girl, appreciate it!

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21 Bill Dorman
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June 30, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I do have wonderful news; how do I check my page rank? I’m guessing I can ‘google’ it, but I really don’t have a clue.

I would NEVER not visit someone’s site because I thought it might adversely affect my measurement. However, I can’t say the reverse is true and I have my suspicions, but I’m not going to worry about it.

I think you are doing a great job and doing all the right things. I just hope my presence isn’t dragging your numbers down.

That’s funny we were at each other’s house at the same time…………:)

Hope you have a great weekend.

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22 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 2:47 PM

LOL!!! Yep you can but here’s a link where you can check yours. Just go to http://www.prchecker.info/check_page_rank.php Type in your URL and it will give you your score.

Google will view some of your links as not relevant so I’m also the type of person who wouldn’t ignore your comment because Google may not view their site as one worth even looking at. We all have to start somewhere right and if just one person gets something from your post then wasn’t it worth the time you took to write it? I think that’s kind of sad actually.

I very seriously doubt your site has anything to do with it but you better keep visiting. I enjoy your posts and your comments so there. That’s been decided. :-)

Thanks Bill, I appreciate it and I guess great minds were thinking alike. At least today! We were at each others house at the same time. When will that ever happen again!

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23 Bill Dorman
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June 30, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Yep, I’m the one killin’ ya; I didn’t have a page rank………..it just said it was rank………..:)

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24 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 4:11 PM

It takes a lot more than you to drop my numbers my friend. Any new blog takes time to move up in the ranks but the more links you bring in, the better your chances are. But I’m throwing that stuff out the door anyway. The funny thing is, even Google went down in their own ranking system. Now that’s a hoot!

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25 Warren
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June 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

I noticed mine jumped up to a PR 4 the other day. I was kind of hoping with all the work I’d done this year, it would be a PR5, but I guess we’ll both have to keep working. Could be as simple as losing a high powered link from someone. If you’re traffic is up though, it’s nothing more than a hit to your ego.

Gave you a RT and a +1

Keep up the great work, and don’t let it stress you out.

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26 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Ah thanks Warren and congratulation on that PR4. Hey that’s pretty darn good my friend. I believe they’ll be doing them again in October so you have another three months to do the work to get it up to at PR5 if that’s what you really want.

I’ve checked my links and they are all pretty good so not quite sure exactly why I took that hit but I’m not going to stress myself over it. I like what I’m doing and I guess that’s what really matters right!

Thanks for your input, really appreciate hearing from others and what this means to them. Kind of puts things into perspective you know!

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27 Thomas
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June 30, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Hi Adrienne
I don’t care if you are a PR4 or a PR0 blog I care about the quality of your content and all the help you have been giving me in my early blogging carrier. I went from nothing to PR3 on my blog and I don’t have anything near the traffic or comments that you have. My Alexa rating is about 330.000 at this point, but slowly falling.
Don’t worry about it Adrienne. Keep up the good work and I am sure that your blog will increase again the next time Google update PR.

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28 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Thanks Thomas, I appreciate that. And I’m thrilled for you that your blog is moving up in the ranks. You are so smart and you help people like me figure things out. You care about other people and visit their blogs so you deserve some recognition.

I’m with you though, if the content isn’t worth my time I won’t visit even if they believe the blog is worth a PR10. I guess we’ll see how things go with time. As always, thanks for visiting and for your input.

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29 Barry
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June 30, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Hi Adrienne, I know this can be disheartening but i really wouldn’t worry about it.

Personally I don’t go from a blogs ranking. If i like what i find when I get there then I’l keep visiting that blog over and over again. Whether they’re PR0 or PR10 it really doesn’t bother me.

To be honest I find some of those with the better ranking are so hard to read I’d need to book into college for a crash course first.

I’m much happier visiting a blog that educates or passes on information that helps us all in some way or another and one where the blog owner interacts with their readers, replying to comments and building relationships and blogging communities.

I honestly believe that’s the best results we can ask for and ranking really doesn’t come into that.

You’ve built a great following and community Adrienne and should be very proud of yourself, but do you know the other thing you’ve done? You’ve mapped your path for others to either follow or be aware of.

I want you to rank well Adrienne, of course I want your work recognized and you rewarded for it, but it’s you i come to see my friend not your numbers.

I value your work, help, lessons, support and your friendship Adrienne,

Respect and Regards, Barry

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30 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Thank you so much for saying that Barry. I hear myself saying the same thing when I visit your blog and I don’t even know what your PR is… I don’t come because of that and when I did the research in the beginning to locate the higher PR sites I found they had been abandoned or haven’t been updated in months. So really what good does that do? Like you also said, some of the ones I have found have so much stuff on them that I find it distracting and can’t concentrate on reading their content.

I am proud of my accomplishments Barry so thank you for saying that. It means a lot really! I appreciate your support and I’m so glad we’ve connected. It truly means so much to me.

Have a really great weekend now and be sure and give your Mom a hug from me! Just let her know it’s from a friend! :-)

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31 Donna Fontenot June 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Well, I’d say there are two, scratch that, three possibilities here.

1. It’s a glitch. This is the least likely scenario since it happened with a widespread toolbar PR (TBPR) update, but it’ s possible. If so, it’ll rebound later.
2. People that used to link to you (links are what contribute to the rating, not content, etc.), no longer link to you – or their PR was lowered for some reason (same reasons as these), so they were unable to pass along as much juice to you as they used to. Likelihood: Very possible. Solution: Get more links to replace the lost ones.
3. If I had to place bets I’d say this is the real reason, only because you dropped by 2. Dropping 2 places (or down to 0), is pretty rare. Dropping 1 place would be more indicative of reason 2 above. But 2 places is usually a sign that Google has adjusted your TBPR (Toolbar PageRank, which is only a snapshot in time – in the past – of the “real” PageRank behind the scenes) because it has applied a penalty to you. I’ve only ever seen them apply this particular penalty (2 places drop) when they believe you have been selling links (without the use of nofollow on them). Regardless of whether or not you actually are sellling links, the “belief” that you are can cause this to happen. The hope (by google) is that this punishment will cause the link buyer to no longer want to buy links from you, and therefore you’ll stop selling links. If this is the case, the only way to get the penalty removed is to make sure every single link that might possibly exist anywhere on the site that might be seen as a paid link is nofollowed or removed. Then once you are really really sure you’ve found them all, you’d need to put in a reconsideration request, explaining how you fixed everything, and promising to never ever do it again.
Of course, you could just ignore the problem and let them do whatever they want with your TBPR. Barry Schwartz of seroundtable made that choice long ago, and he continues to sell his links openly and without regard for the lowered TBPR.

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32 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Wow Donna, thank you SO much for putting so much time and effort into this response. You really taught me allot here. So here are my thoughts from what you’ve said.

1. I’d love for it to be a glitch.
2. I could possibly have had someone with a higher page rank no longer link to my site, that’s very possible.
3. I’ve never sold any links and wouldn’t have a clue how to do this to be honest with you. As you’ve probably read my blog, that’s so not why I’m here so I definitely play total ignorance on this one.

Guess we’ll just have to see how this plays out. I want people to link to me because they want to and for no other reason. Hopefully I can get people interested again within the next three months when I hear they will do this again.

Thank you again so much for your comment. I really do appreciate.

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33 Donna Fontenot June 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM

The 3 month time period is a very rough estimate. They’ve gone as long as 6-9 months before, if I remember correctly. Just wouldn’t want you getting too disappointed if October and November rolls around without another update.

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34 Adrienne Smith
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July 1, 2011 at 10:16 AM

I figured that was a rough estimate. Here it is June and my site had been a PR4 for probably six to eight months so I knew they didn’t have an exact schedule. But thanks for that, I appreciate it.

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35 Donna Fontenot July 1, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Well, it’s highly likely that even with several PR updates, your pagerank will stay the same. It’s actually fairly difficult to move to the next higher level, once you hit a certain point. So even if an update occurred during those 6 to 8 months, your pr might have stayed a 4 through it all, and that’s completely normal. Behind the scenes, your pr might have moved from a 4.1 to a 4.9 (just as an example, though the numbers are probably more like 4.1548 to 4.9324) but the TBPR would still have shown a 4.

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36 Adrienne Smith
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July 1, 2011 at 11:31 AM

You are probably right. I think I figured it out that it was probably EZine Articles. I have been a expert author and wrote a bunch over there but when they were hit so hard that came back on me too! I’m sure it might take them some time to build back up as well. So I can wait, no problem. I’m not going to let this bother me any longer. I just appreciate your input on this Donna.

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37 Financial Samurai
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June 30, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Come visit Yakezie.com and join in on the discussion. Our Network got a huge bump as more than half our Members went 1 -3 ranks higher.

But, for a while, many had zero. We did something about it and wrote about mozRank as the alternative and have done well. I suggest you promote mozRank as well!

Best,

Sam

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38 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM

I’ll be sure to pop over and check out that post Sam, thanks for sharing it with me. I appreciate it!

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39 Financial Samurai
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June 30, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Sure no prob. Go to websitegrader.com to check out the states on your blog and your mozRank.

You should totally be all over that given the PR ding. No rhyme or reason!

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40 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Just left you a comment over there so thanks again. Great community you all have. Thanks for this information, I really do appreciate you sharing this with me.

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41 Financial Samurai
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June 30, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Sure, no problem! You will find mozRank to be a lifesaver and a real good force that advertisers are looking at now. If you look at the Yakezie Blog Network page, we incorporate that into our rankings.

You’ll love mozRank! Just like PR, but updates at least once a month!

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42 Eddie Gear
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July 1, 2011 at 5:36 AM

If you are looking at seo tools to improve your SEO I suggest that you get your free trial at SEO moz. I look at hubspot more of a Large scale or enterprise business solution.

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43 Adrienne Smith
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July 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I’ve heard a lot from others about Hubspot but at the time wasn’t interested in that particular service. Might have to give their trial a go to check it out. Thanks for pointing me over there Sam, really appreciate it!

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44 Sonia
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June 30, 2011 at 6:37 PM

It’s funny that you bring that up because I noticed that I was a (2) and never gave it much thought before that. Numbers are just that, numbers. Some bloggers are very focused on that as it might be their “meat and potatoes” for making money or converting lookers into buyers. I think your right about realizing how far you have come and see all the instant feedback you get from comments.

Your readers love what you have to say and have a deep interest in how you write. For me, it’s all about the message I get from it and what I am able to learn. Allot of newbies might start out being “number focused” in the beginning because they are “told” that’s how you should measure your success. To me success is creating and building relationships with your peers doing the same thing you are. Don’t stop what your doing because we obviously love it. I love how candid you were with this post. Plan on coming back for more!

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45 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Hey Sonia,

Well girl, looks like we can be 2’s together! :-) Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

I know when most of us just start out and we do receive some training, depending on where you got it, we are taught it’s about the numbers. I was taught to head to the PR4 and over sites and leave comments. That’s what they honed in on but as I continued to have this experience I realized that I just enjoyed reading what other people shared and from there I ended up really connecting with people and now have some fabulous relationships and some had lead to doing business together. So you really are dead on with what you think success is all about. That’s really what’s going to help you move forward on here, not how high your PR # is.

Thank you for your thoughtful comment Sonia, I really appreciate it. Please do stop by any time, it will always be a pleasure to have you back.

Adrienne

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46 Sid June 30, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Adrienne, firstly, nice to be on this blog too :)
I wouldn’t worry too much about PR. Like you said, people seldom notice it. And it is anachronistic in a fast changing internet world. PR was important when Google first came into existence and it determined, to a large extent, how Google would display the search results. Not any more (thankfully!). Officially, Google has said that there are more than 200 (yes, you read right!) categories it looks into while determining search result listings and PR is but one of them.

If you are looking at the reasons, it is possible that you had links from sites that themselves lost in authority (remember PR has nothing to do with quality, just links, which is why even Google doesn’t take it too seriously now!) like article directories may be?

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47 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Well hey there Sid, so nice to see you over here. Welcome my friend!

Ding, ding, ding… The bells just went off when I got down to the part about the article directories. I built up a bunch of backlinks from my articles and I know some of those sites were hit rather hard and slapped around a bit. Mind you my articles were all unique but I relied a lot on EZine Articles. In the beginning that is. Now I didn’t take any of my articles down so they should still be linking but maybe EZine Articles changed some things around when they were hit so hard. That’s the first time the bells started going off so that could be one reason. But you are right, there are 200 different ones that they look at so who the heck knows. Okay, I’ll quit beating myself up over it. Moving on! :-)

Thanks Sid, I appreciate that and again welcome my friend! Great to see you!

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48 Sid June 30, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Adrienne, I am glad to be here :) Nice blog.
Yea, I know I relied quite a lot on EZA as well and yes they are hit. I get much lower traffic as well from EZA to my blogs now. However, in the grander scheme of things, it is probably for the best. After all, Google is here to give us the best and most relevant results for our searches and somehow I have the feeling that article directories aren’t it.

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49 Adrienne Smith
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June 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Hey Sid, nice to have you back…

I did write a lot of articles as well but it wasn’t my only source for traffic. Once they were hit hard I decided to back off article writing for awhile. Just because I knew I wouldn’t be receiving as much traffic due to those events. Plus, it’s a lot of work. I have no doubt they will be back but in the meantime, I’ve found other sources that are working just as well.

Maybe my high PR site was EZine themselves since they were knocked down quite a bit by Google. I never had anything to do with content farms but I also know they weren’t very happy with EZine Articles. That definitely could have a lot to do with it. Who knows right!

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50 Justin
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June 30, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I don’t care what a blogs Page Rank is unless I planned on advertising with them. It’s all about the person behind the blog and awesome content that keeps me coming back for more.

Ever since I got the Alexa toolbar installed on my browser I do notice the Alexa ranking of blogs that I visit. I think that once a blog’s Alexa is below 100k they have done exceedingly well so congrats to you Adrienne.

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51 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 30, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Thanks for sharing your opinion with me Justin. I’m so happy to hear that others really don’t pay that much attention to the numbers either. It’s mostly about the content which I’m happy that people seem to enjoy what I share.

Thank goodness my Alexa ranking didn’t go up, that’s a good thing. If it would have been both I would have really started getting concerned. But you are right, the content is so much more important than the numbers. Also the building relationships with other which can sometimes lead to other things which will benefit us overall.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. I really do appreciate it!

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52 Diana Simon July 1, 2011 at 2:29 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I love stats as they are a measure of my growth but they are just one indicator. I can understand how you feel and honestly, I didn’t know you have a PR4. I leave comments not based on Alexa or PageRank but only the value of the post. It’s the human approach and the numbers are the search engines’ domain.

I hope this doesn’t get you too down and that you continue to write top-quality posts. I will be back here and so will many other commenters.

All the best,
Diana

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53 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 1, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Hi Diana,

Like you, I look at those numbers periodically as a positive thing. That I’m moving in the right direction and doing the right things with my blog. When you have someone like Google all of a sudden tell you otherwise then it seems somewhat like a slap in the face. But then again, I know that the success I’ve had up to this point didn’t rely solely on what Google has thought of me but my readers and my following. To me that’s the most important thing.

I appreciate you saying that as well. It’s nice to get others opinion on how they see these changes so that I can put this behind me and stop worrying about the darn numbers. I’m doing great, I have a great following, I’m making new friends and that’s what is really important.

Thank you Diana for your thoughts on this. I really do appreciate it. I hope you enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend.

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54 Diana Simon July 1, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I totally get you and if I were in your position, I would probably also feel the same. It’s healthy to vent and let it all out but what’s important in all this is that you are still keeping a positive perspective. I love what you said about those darn numbers! :)

While Google may have slapped you, you still have huge group of supporters who are giving you hugs and that will hopefully get your PR up soon!

Hope you have a great weekend too – don’t let Google spoil it :)
Diana

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55 Ashvini
Twitter:
July 1, 2011 at 4:06 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I can feel the anguish you might have felt when Google gave you this push.

My blog received a +1 ( and I have posted about it ) but I feel that having great friends who keep coming back to hear from you are far far better than just having a PR. I think the sites that were linking to you probably lost authority taking your site down. There is not much to read in that.
I think there is your authority and Google’s authority. Just going down a rank or two has absolutely no impact on your authority.
I think and seriously hope that you would gain pr in time. Even if not you have an awesome alexa rank and large number of comments to show for your authority. :).

I am a first time reader to your blog and I would keep coming back for interesting tidbits from your blog.

Have a great day.
Ashvini

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56 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Hi Ashvini,

You are SO right my friend and I feel kind of silly now that I’ve heard from so many of my readers that they don’t look at the numbers when visiting other blogs. I guess in the back of my mind I continue to remember what I was taught when I came online and I need to get rid of that thinking altogether.

Sid helped me realize that it was probably EZine Articles that had boosted me up there because I have been an expert author over there for a few years. But they got that major slap and got kicked in the gut which hurt a lot of us as well. Now that I finally figured that out I don’t feel so darn bad.

I want to welcome you to my blog and thank you for your wonderful comment. Here you are visiting my blog for the first time and you see me complaining. Shame on me.. But I do have my moments and I promise my next post will be so much better.

Thanks again Ashvini and please come back and visit okay! Have a fabulous day and a blessed and fun weekend.

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57 Eddie Gear
Twitter:
July 1, 2011 at 5:34 AM

Well, that is not very good to hear. Anyway, I guess you are not going that to slow your efforts. I am sure that your PR will double the next time around.

My recommendation to you is to focus on content as you always do, give importance to all your commenter as you always do. The one thing that you can try to work on in the internal SEO. If you are looking at building backlinks, take a look at my free eBook on some backlink strategies they might help.

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58 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Thanks Eddie, I was bummed about it but now I believe I have this all figured out. Thanks to my commenters for helping me.

I might just have to take a look at your eBook so thanks for sharing that with me. Looks like I could use more help.

Sam just told me last night about SEOMoz so I jumped over there and checked some stuff out with the website grader. Everything was pretty good as far as I could see although I have a few areas that could use some help. When I have more time I’ll look into the SEOMoz and see exactly what that’s all about. Thank you for sharing that with me. I appreciate it. See, you are the second person who has recommended that. I need to pay attention now.

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59 Mitch Mitchell
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July 1, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Adrienne, I never really understand Google and how they do this page rank thing, and for the most part I don’t care. Strangely enough, almost 2 years ago they took away the page rank from one of my blogs, which showed me that it wasn’t always just about search and positioning, that they could go in and make a conscious decision on who could participate and who couldn’t. So I lived without it and didn’t care one way or another. After reading this I went to my blog just being curious, and I suddenly have my page rank back.

Overall it doesn’t matter; we do what we do, drive our traffic best we can, and use other tools to track our success.

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60 Adrienne Smith
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July 1, 2011 at 10:46 AM

I can’t figure them out for the life of me either Mitch. Not that I’ve tried real hard but when something like this happens it just becomes even more confusing. Then you have that happen to you and bam, it’s all of a sudden back. See, I give up.

You are right though… I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing and keep driving traffic to my blog and the rest will just fall into place. To heck with it, I’m happy! :-)

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61 Riley Harrison July 1, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Hi Adrienne,
I’m not attempting to generate revenue from my blog, but like all of us I want to be successful and achieve steady growth and I have simple metrics to track that. The one metric that seems to be somewhat overlooked and not discussed enough is the expenditure of effect required for revenue/sales achieved. To me that’s the key one and if that ratio isn’t going in the right direction then I would have to question whether, from a financial perspective, blogging is a good investment of my time.
Riley

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62 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM

You are SO right Riley… A lot of people use their blog not necessarily for making money but for building relationships which can lead to sales from either products they are promoting or from partnering in a business capacity. If all of that comes to a halt because Google has penalized us in some way then that would be entirely different. Since that’s not the case and things continue to move in the direction I’m happy with, I need to put all this behind me and continue on.

Thank you for pointing that out my friend. See, you are the best. I appreciate you bringing that to my attention. Okay, moving on now! :-)

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63 Jeffrey Morgan
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July 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Hi Adrienne,
I guess I should count myself lucky. I’ve given up on trying to make in work with Google. I think the FTC and Justice are preparing to move Google’s page-rank from a 10 to a 1 in a couple of months anyway.

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64 Adrienne Smith
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July 1, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Yeah Jeffrey, as they should. I hate one search engine having that much control over who sees what. But you know what, I’m not going to worry myself over that any longer. To hell with it! :-)

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65 Randy Pickard July 1, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Adrienne – I’ll trade you my blog’s PR3 for a tiny fraction of your blog’s loyal readership any day of the week. Your external link profile may have declined a bit, but since that only makes up one of the 200 factors in the Google algorithm, it is not that big a deal. Worth repairing, but not worth obsessing about.

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66 Adrienne Smith
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July 1, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Ah thanks Randy… I’ll be honest with you, I wouldn’t trade my readers for any higher number so you are dead on there my friend. I am very blessed so no more complaining over here. Now, off to repair mode! :-)

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67 Marianne Worley
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July 1, 2011 at 2:25 PM

I don’t know what my PageRank is (probably 0) or my Alex (probably 1 million). And truthfully, it’s not important to me. I supposed if my job was to purchase banner ads, I would probably care about these numbers…

What’s important is that you are hitting the milestones that you set for yourself to reach your goals. Google should create a service that analyzes PageRank changes and gives you feedback on what caused it. I bet they could make some good money on that!

Thanks for sharing Adrienne! I hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend.

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68 Adrienne Smith
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July 1, 2011 at 4:37 PM

I’ve heard from a few people that have told me that would be the only reason a higher ranking site would be important. If you were buying ad space on it. Thank goodness I didn’t sell ad space over here. They may have all run for the hills.

Can you see Google trying to explain the 200 different ways they review a site? Since I know there aren’t 200 different ways anything views my site I would really be curious how they come up with all of this. But what the heck right! It’s done, it’s over, they don’t like me but what the heck. Movin on now! :-)

Thank you Marianne and I definitely will. I hope you will do the same. Stay safe!

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69 Bojan July 1, 2011 at 4:29 PM

My old domain name went from 0 to 3 in last update, but regardless I took big step to start anew.

Old domain name was too long plus it was .net instead of .com.

Honestly I couldn’t care less what one measly algorythm thinks of me. I write good stuff and if he’s not delievering my great content to the searchers, it’s his loss!

I congratulate everyone on ranking boost and those who got penalized, I say to you, don’t get discouraged!

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70 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 1, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Thank you Bojan and that’s a great way to look at that and I do believe I’m right there with you. Your loss my friend. I’m over here doing my thing, building my own relationships and having a darn good time. To heck with you people.

Congratulations on your boost my friend. It’s a darn good feeling. I won’t take that away from you at all.

Enjoy your afternoon and have a fun and relaxing weekend.

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71 Sire
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July 1, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Adrienne, I still loves ya!

As to Goggle, ever since my first Google Slap I stopped worrying about my PR because it ruined my blogging experience. Like you mentioned in the post, the only people that look or even consider PR are other bloggers and webmasters. Most customers and clients don’t even know it exists.

Ever since I stopped worrying about it I’ve been a happier blogger. Although I don’t worry about it I still monitor the updates. Wassup is still a PR4 and the one that got the Slap is now a PR2.

Just keep doing what you are doing and enjoy the experience

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72 Allyson Stewart July 2, 2011 at 3:02 AM

Hey, Adrienne… I definitely don’t visit a blog based on its page rank, and will continue to visit yours. Why? Because you have a great heart and good content I find useful and love to read! My blog, as you know, is still quite new. And it currently has a page rank of zero.

You’ve worked really hard and I’m sure your page rank will go back up. I wonder if it has something to do with the article marketing you mentioned in one of your previous posts.

There are so many elements involved, but just know, you’re doing a great job!

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73 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 2, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Hi Allyson, it’s so nice to see you again. Thank you for saying that, I really appreciate it.

I got to thinking that it might have something to do with EZine Articles. Then I popped over there and their PR is still a 6 so I’m still scratching my head because my articles are still live and pointing to my blog. So who the heck knows. After receiving so many wonderful comments, I’m not going to worry about it. I’ll probably never figure it out. I’ll just continue doing what I’ve been doing and I guess time will tell.

I appreciate your kind words. Thanks again for sharing this with me. Enjoy your weekend and I’ll come see you soon.

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74 Linda July 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I have no clue on how to tell what is a PR 4 site and what is a PR2 site.

I do check my Alexa ratings probably more than I should…but considering just 6 months ago I was in the millions and am now down to 229,495 I don’t think that is too bad, considering I haven’t really done a whole heck of a lot lately.

Once you figure out what happened, but sure to let me know ;-)

Have a SAFE 4th of July!!
Linda

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75 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 2, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Hey Linda,

If you have the SEOBook Firefox or Chrome addon then when’t it’s enabled it will show you all the statistics for the site you are on. Their PR, Alexa rating, how many links are coming from what site, and so much more info. It’s a must have when wanting to know about other sites you land on.

That’s great news that your Alexa ranking continues to drop. Keep up with the great work you’re doing and it will continue to do just that.

I don’t think I’ll ever figure out the reason for this significant drop so I’m just letting it go. Such is life I guess. All is is good so I’m not going to worry about it any longer.

I will definitely have a safe 4th and you do the same. Whatever you do, have a great time.

Adrienne

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76 Linda July 8, 2011 at 11:03 PM

I do have that SEO thing on Chrome…I just never think to look at it, but I couldn’t find where it tells the PR. I just found another site going through my thousands of emails..lol. http://www.quickregister.net/pagerankchecker/ So, I am a PR 2, too. I’ve checked on some other site about a month ago and I didn’t even register, so it is good to know at least I am on the boards now ;-)

Linda

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77 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 8, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Most people got a bump up so those that were still hovering at a 0 are now on the radar. So that’s a good thing.

If you have the SEO Quake add-on it’s when you enable it you’ll see it on the far left side. If you have the SEO Chrome add-on you just click on that and under Backlinks it will be Google Page Rank. Pretty easy to find with both of those.

Congratulations Linda for getting on their radar. Your site is improving in their eyes and that’s a very good thing.

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78 Ilka Flood
Twitter:
July 3, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I feel your pain. Mine dropped too from PR4 to PR2. You are so right, I never check what someone’s PR rank is in order to decide if I like their blog or not. It’s the content that holds the real value for me.

However since Google sees this different we do have to pay attention to how IT sees our site. After all, we want visitors. I am not too terribly upset yet, because I still get 60+% of organic traffic, but I see if I can find out how to improve my PR ranking again.

Great post, always love the way you put your personality into it!

Happy 4th of July!

Ilka

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79 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 3, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Hey Ilka,

Wow, yours dropped too! You are the first person I’ve heard from that it actually dropped 2 points as well. I’m so sorry to hear that because as you said, I feel your pain.

That was my point as well Ilka. We have to still understand that Google has a lot to do with how people view our site and how it’s found in the search engines. So although I never really obsess over numbers I still have to be somewhat concerned.

But personally, I don’t look at numbers when I’m visiting a site. I go for the content and if it’s good, I’ll stick around and come back for more.

Thanks for sharing that with me. Let’s see what we can do to get back in Google’s good standings.

Happy 4th to you as well! Enjoy your day and be safe.

Adrienne

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80 Vitaly Tennant
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July 5, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Sorry to hear that Adrienne, there are soo many factors that could influence your page rank (I’m sure you know this)… could be a google spider bot error which can take you back to PR4 in a couple weeks or so. Been hearing a lot about that. EZine articles are tough to score at these days, as their directory is so huge and articles that are being picked up have to be up for some time in order to gain good trackbacks. Nevertheless, rock on! =)

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81 Adrienne Smith
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July 5, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Ah thank Vitaly… I’ve just decided that I’m not going to worry about it. Since Ilka’s blog took the same beating I KNOW she’s got an awesome one as well so I’m not going to let it worry me too much. Guess only time will tell whether it was a fluke or not. Still keeping my fingers crossed over that one. Appreciate you support, really means a lot.

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82 Franziska San Pedro
Twitter:
July 5, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I mean c’mon, how much do you REALLY care about your PR?? Look at the amount of comments on your blog, lol! I didn’t even know about page ranking until now and had no clue what mine was…
I know, looking at low numbers can be discouraging -I get that sometimes when my hits per day are really low. But in the end, who cares, sometimes you win sometimes you lose and then it will go up again :)

Thanks for teaching me something new!
Franziska San Pedro

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83 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 5, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Hi Franziska,

Okay, I only care because if this is how Google sees me then it will eventually hurt me in the search engines and I do get a lot of organic traffic so that would be a big reason. We work hard to get our blogs up there in the eyes of the big guys so when we take a hit like that it’s like they are telling us all of a sudden your stuff isn’t that great. That kind of stings but on the other hand, I do have the traffic and I do have the comments so it ain’t all bad! :-)

Appreciate your input on this subject and happy to hear I was able to teach you something new. I love hearing that! Come back anytime my dear friend…

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84 Franziska San Pedro
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July 6, 2011 at 8:29 AM

I am sure it will go up again and as Vitaly said, sometimes there are errors and in a few weeks it can be up again. I found that my Klout score is going up and down like a roller-coaster and the terms that they pick are so off that I am wondering where they get their information?!

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85 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 6, 2011 at 10:32 AM

I found it kind of funny that Google’s own rating dropped too so what does that really say about their system right? As I mentioned before, only time will tell so I’m not going to worry about it too terribly much.

I’m not sure how I feel about Klout just yet. So much stuff to keep up with! Yikes!!! :-)

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86 Jack
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July 6, 2011 at 2:39 PM

It is easy to make ourselves crazy with this kind of stuff. My old blog has a PR of 5 and my new one is only a 3. When I look at this I always ask myself what sort of value does it really have to me.

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87 Adrienne Smith
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July 6, 2011 at 5:28 PM

I can see your point Jack… You also have to understand that when we venture online hoping to “make something” of ourselves we are doing what we are taught to do. You start seeing the rewards of your efforts and then all of a sudden you are slapped big time and no one told you why. You’ve been doing the same thing all this time so what changed! I think that’s the most confusing part of all of this. But life goes on! :-)

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88 Robert Dempsey July 7, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Hi Adrienne! Sorry to hear about your PR drop. I got no love from Google myself and remain at PR zip. All is well though as business continues to come in. PR is something I think bloggers and some measurement companies pay attention to. Past that don’t pay it much attention from what I’m told and experience.

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89 Adrienne Smith
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July 7, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Hey Robert,

It’s been awhile, so glad to see you again my friend. Yeah, I wasn’t too happy about this drop and I’m sorry to hear you got no love either. Now I KNOW Google is out of their minds with all the great content and readers you have over at your place. As long as I keep doing my thing and having success, that’s all that matters in the end I suppose.

Thanks for dropping by, we’ll have to catch up again soon. Hope everything is going great and the family is doing well. Take care,

Adrienne

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90 Ira July 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM

What I hate about all these is that there is no accurate reason as how we move up or down in rankings.lol Well, keeping a little mystery makes the game more fun though.

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91 Adrienne Smith
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July 10, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Since they look at this over 200 different ways, how are we suppose to know which way we went wrong? Yikes! Oh well, moving on right Ira!

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92 Martin July 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Adrienne, i wouldn’t worry myself about the PR.
These past days i’ve seen A LOT of useless websites going from N/A to PR2-3. If they deserve it, than i have no idea for what. So going down to PR2 is probably temporary, i’m sure Google will come back to its senses.

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93 Adrienne Smith
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July 12, 2011 at 11:08 PM

I’m hoping you’re right but I’m not going to let it bother me any longer. I know I’ve got good content and others are enjoying it so that’s all I can do. The rest will fall into place in time. Thank you for saying that though. I really appreciate it!

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94 Martin July 16, 2011 at 8:15 PM

You have a great attitude, few bloggers remember they’re writing for people, not for Google.

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95 Adrienne Smith
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July 16, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Thank you Martin, I appreciate that.

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96 Samantha Bangayan
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July 14, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Wow! I’m thoroughly surprised about that drastic drop too, Adrienne! You can bet that the number didn’t change my perception of you or your reputation at all! You can also bet that I’ll keep on coming here and that I’ll keep on introducing to others as an authority in affiliate marketing!

Good thing you had Brankica to scratch your head with. She’s such a pro and I’m glad you came to the realization with her and on your own that numbers are just numbers! In fact, the journey to increase page rank again might be a good story and adventure on its own. =) Hugs!!

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97 Adrienne Smith
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July 14, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Thanks Samantha,

Thanks to Brankica she did help me understand this a bit more. And then Sid help me think it might have to do with a lot of my older articles. Seriously, I just don’t know but everyone did make me feel so much better that they don’t think any less of me. The funny thing is, most people didn’t even realize I was a PR4. That almost hurt as bad. After all that work. Oh well, such is life. Now I only have to figure out why it changed and what to do about it. But I’m afraid I may never know.

Appreciate your Samantha…

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98 Zaman July 15, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Well, as a matter of fact most of the people are wondering about search engines’ PR that it really plays a healthy role because once you have got good PR, it is for sure that you will be approached by many and highly PR organisation just to get them a favour of advertising their product or service for instance. Though, this could be the real term or just a myth that PR really plays its role.

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99 Adrienne Smith
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July 15, 2011 at 11:52 PM

I have had people contact me about advertising on my blog so that might play a part. But, I have also been approached on another blog that is right now only 8 months old with no PR but it gets a lot of traffic and comments. So who really knows. I give up!

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100 Alex July 21, 2011 at 7:18 AM

hi Smith, thanks for sharing your experience, i will use this as an ex. to my student, shiwing them how google can change ones thought. but come to think of it don’t you think the rank increase because of unique contents with high ranking keywords?

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101 Adrienne Smith
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July 21, 2011 at 10:38 AM

From what I understand, Google uses about 200 different methods of checking websites so I have no idea which area picked up what as far as my blog is concerned. Please do use my blog as an example for your students. Hopefully it will help.

I’m not quite sure what you mean by “rank increase” since my decreased by two points. Nothing changed on my blog accept I’ve been getting a lot more traffic, visitors and comments. Go figure.

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102 Chadrack
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July 21, 2011 at 8:06 AM

First, let me say I’m surprised to hear that your PR fell from 4 to 2. Yes, this is my first time here and from what I’ve seen here I think that is a surprising thing.

Now about whether this numbers really matter, I think it depends on what you are driving at. I’ve heard many say you should take these things seriously. Others say no, they don’t matter. But as someone blogging for money I know that many advertisers check these stats before buying ads on your blog.

Indeed the traffic on this blog is great but that should not stop you from knowing what went wrong that Google decided it is not worth was awarded it as PageRank before now. Take a deep look, I believe you’ll find something.

Btw. you have a great blog.

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103 Adrienne Smith
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July 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Thanks Chadrack, welcome to the club! Talk about shocked and upset, I definitely way… :-(

I have no intention of selling ad space on my blog so that won’t ever been something I’m interested in doing. But it does have something to do with the search engines and how your site is found.

In the end with over 200 ways they view sites, I believe I’ll never know. I keep thinking it has something to do with the hit EZine Articles took because I have a lot of articles over there but they are still a PR6 so that doesn’t matter. Plus my articles are still up so I’m still scratching my head over that one. I’ve decided it’s not worth my heartache. But I do appreciate your input Chadrack and thank you for sharing this with me. It’s very much appreciated.

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104 Adrienne Smith
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August 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Well aren’t you a walked definition of Google. I’m so impressed. So can you explain to us the other 200 ways Google looks at a site because it’s not all about the search engine and backlinks. If you can get the inside scoop then you definitely will be the guy we all come to for help. :-)

Thanks Nicholas, appreciate you sharing this with us.

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105 Atish Ranjan
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August 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

My site TechTricksWorld was got PR 0 to PR 4 and then again in next update it was back on PR 3 and from then its constant. But yes My internal pages has pr 2 and pr 3.

I always keep an eye on PR of every blog :)

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106 Adrienne
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August 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I use to but no more. I look at the connections, the shares and of course the content. That’s more important to me then the PR rating. It is now that I understand the whole thing.

Thanks Atish!

~Adrienne

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107 Dana
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May 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I stumbled across this post and had to read it…almost 2 years later.

It just goes to show that while it’s understandable that we look follow a set of protocols that help guide us toward knowing what to do when it comes to marketing, it really is the journey – the experience – that counts. At the time of this writing, your rankings were being challenged. Nowadays, people come to visit your blog, leave tons of comments and even write about you as an inspiration because of YOU, your presence and that huge authentic smile we have all come to know and adore.

I’m here now because you cared enough to read an article of mine and take the time to share your thoughts. And I continue to stop by and visit often. The search engines had nothing to do with it.
I personally have no idea what my rankings are – as this is a language I’m not familiar with yet. I only know how grateful I am to the people I have met so far so soon into this project and of mine.
That means more to me than anything :)
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108 Adrienne
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May 31, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Hey Dana,

Ah, an oldie but goody! Google and I don’t really get along. ;-)

You’re right Dana. I do the best I can to learn the right thing to do and follow the guidelines which for ethical people is not even an issue. Then Google changes it’s mind and fails to tell everyone else until it’s too late. All of a sudden those guidelines have been changed but all the content you already have out, oh well!

I do much prefer referral traffic anyway because like you just said, you come here because of me. Oh and let’s not forget that smile! ;-)

I appreciate you sharing that with me, it means a lot. I’m sure you know that but just in case I want to tell you again. By the way, I wouldn’t concern myself too much about the numbers because your site is brand new but you do want to keep tabs on where your traffic is coming from so you’ll know which areas to improve upon.

Thank you so much Dana and I really appreciate hearing that. Glad to be able to help!

Enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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