Jan 25 2008

Forget Page Rank

The following article was written by Ryan from Blogging4Everyone dot Com.

Page Rank should be made a thing of the past. I am a blogger, who blogs for the pure fact that my blogs are fun for me to maintain. I NEVER feel obligated to blog on a day where I am sick, too busy, etc, as long as it doesn’t keep happening day after day.

I have had Page Rank on numerous blogs sucked away by Google. Sure, I deserved it. I admit I did PayPerPost on my blogs and I didn’t make it nofollow. However, PayPerPost slapped me back in the face with a wet noodle when they told me I had to have X page rank to take an opportunity.

Great news however from PayPerPost. Ted Murphy, IZEA’s president(PPP’s parent company) has announced that Page Rank has been eliminated from their new product, Social Spark. Blogs with bigger communities and more traffic will benefit under Social Spark, according to Murphy. Ted Murphy also disclosed that they are kicking Page Rank out of the current PayPerPost system after their new product, Social Spark is live.

Alright, so maybe that is just one reason to get rid of Page Rank. Here are some more;

  • Bloggers shouldn’t feel tied to a mythical number
  • Bloggers shouldn’t have to be pressured to conform
  • Blogging should be your choices, and your choices alone.

The list goes on and on. However, the point remains, Google has the money. Will you let them continue to tie you down with Page Rank or will you base your blog on something better. Your community, traffic and I thank you!

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13 Comments on this post


  1. Tay - Super Blogging said:

    I do feel that there is a necessity for PageRank, because advertisers always need a way of figuring out what sites they want to pay their money too. However, I am feeling a bit resentful towards Google at the moment, because they slapped me down a huge PageRank ZERO, which really sucks.

    I’ve done sponsored reviews, sold links and dofollow advertisements, everything. It did take Google long enough to notice. However, I do want my PageRank restored because people will ALWAYS use it to measure a site’s success, even if it’s not always accurate. I want to do the best I possibly can and make the most money I can, and without a good PageRank it’s just not as much.

    January 25th, 2008 at 11:07 pm
  2. ryan said:

    But should Page Rank be a ranking tool for paid advertisements? Is that what it was designed for?

    It shouldn’t be that way. :(

    January 25th, 2008 at 11:09 pm
  3. Alex Liu said:

    Wow! New update by pay per post. This is just my opinion about it:

    Good news. It is really very easy to have high PR but very little traffic. I tried that with few of my blogs and I really got single digit visit even when it is PR3. Advertisers are willing to pay for bloggers to post because they want traffic. If they measure traffic by according to PR, they are cheated because they might pay and get no traffic to their business.

    If we can develop blogs with lots of traffic and we get paid by payperpost, advertisers get traffic/business and we get profits too. It’s a win-win.

    Alex Liu
    How To Become A Millionaire

    January 26th, 2008 at 12:03 am
  4. Link said:

    Social Spark sounds awesome if you want a company like IZEA monitoring every move your visitors are making so you can obtain a score.

    January 26th, 2008 at 5:19 am
  5. monsenior said:

    Page rank is the base rate for the advertisements?? is thats true??


    January 26th, 2008 at 10:07 am
  6. Jay said:

    I actually wrote about Pagerank being nothing but a number a couple weeks ago. Feel free to check it out at http://www.datmoney.com/2008/01/google-pagerank-its-just-number-who.html and I think I brought up some other points you didn’t mention here.


    January 26th, 2008 at 7:24 pm
  7. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Ill check it out Jay, stumbling

    January 26th, 2008 at 7:29 pm
  8. Delores said:

    I’m still confused about page rank and ads and paying for visitors. Maybe that’s why I don’t get that many hits or comments even though I try to keep my site updated fairly often. Hhmm. Even in something we find as an aside form of entertainment, we are still pressured to be the best bloggers, aren’t we? Sigh…

    January 26th, 2008 at 10:40 pm
  9. ryan said:

    A little paranoid eh? Yes, PR is the standard for advertising, it really shouldn’t be though.

    Delores, it is very confusing. You have to have high page rank to sell ads usually, although it shouldn’t matter. Just keep on blogging and let the crazy people deal with themselves!

    January 26th, 2008 at 10:51 pm
  10. lambi said:

    PR works too confusingly: for example, some of my posts have PR while my front page doesn’t have any.

    And PR’s already been corrupted with linkbuilding.

    January 29th, 2008 at 6:07 am
  11. haishor said:

    My disappointment for google has been grown up.
    They sounds like Bill nowadays.
    It is our choice to blog…

    January 29th, 2008 at 5:28 pm
  12. Mark said:

    Hey Ryan, this is very interesting indeed. I, too, go spanked by the big G on one of my blogs. Hopefully, that’s as far as it will go. But there is one of my blogs that just hasn’t been visited by the PR fairy, so I can’t take PPP just yet unless the opps require no PR at all (and of course, those are few and far between and pay diddly).

    I’ll keep an eye on this Social Spark.

    January 29th, 2008 at 8:08 pm
  13. Evelyn said:

    “Blogging should be your choices, and your choices alone.”

    ‘Nuff said!

    Thank you for the reminder of just whose blog it is! Oh… and I will try to read my emails quicker. I’ve discovered one drawback to email subscriptions. :) But, I hang on to them like glue!

    February 4th, 2008 at 8:51 pm


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