Google’s caress

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If you’ve been reading the comments, you might remember the discussion about whether writing for PayPerPost and other paid review sites is a wise idea.

I argued that I’ve seen an increase in Google traffic since my PR was dropped from a 3 to a 0. I also argued that this is my site, not Google’s, so I can monetize however I see fit. There was praise for my courage, and concern that I would never get PR (I thought “never” sounded like a mighty long time, sort of like “life” and “forever” (Prince fans know what I’m talking about)).

Well, I found out that, as opposed to being “slapped” by Google, I’ve been lightly caressed. I now have a PR2! Interesting, especially since I’ve stepped up my paid reviews.

Was all the Google hoopla just a scare tactic? Did Google make a mistake that they’ll soon fix? Will Google really banish the thousands of paid reviewers to PR0, despite the age of our blogs and the incoming links?

While we ponder these mysterious questions of the Googlesphere, I’ll take advantage of the increased pay from reviews that a PR2 will bring.

8 Responses to “Google’s caress”

  1. Jeff Gordon says:

    such a cute picture

  2. Triphow Ling says:

    Nope, it’s mo mistake, and your PR is here to stay. I frequent a lotta blogs facing the same problem, and most of them got their PR back, either PR2 or PR3.

    What happened, I guess, is that Google slammed everyone who was doing paid reviews, and then they manually went through all the blogs and gave back the PR to blogs which actually have some original content, as opposed to just a pile of paid reviews. So if I were you, I’d keep a ratio of at least 3 non-paid posts to one paid review, just in case.

    Triphow Ling’s last blog post..Casablanca Hotel, Times Square – Election News-Free Zone

  3. jenn says:

    HI I also write for PPP. On my old blog when I started it was a PR4 when google came around I was dropped to a zero. Now I moved my blog to my own domain and I am waiting to have a PR. I do have a lot of regular content on there because more often than not, I don’t have any work for that blog.

    jenn’s last blog post..I Need Your Help- What Scares You?

  4. Writing Nag says:

    Interesting mine went from PR3 to 0 after I started with PPP and never went back up.

    Writing Nag’s last blog post..Blogger of the Day

  5. thebaglady says:

    meh.. I don’t think google pagerank really helped me in making more money. More google search hits to my site does help, though.

    thebaglady’s last blog post..Fifteen Years in America Chapter Two – The Professor of Duke’s Lane (End)

  6. skip says:

    i hope there a some guidelines to google PR rates. Im doing PPP also, and of course my PR turns to zero. But i will keep on working on it, till i got my PR back. Thanks for the post

  7. Tom Hanna says:

    The original thinking from Google was that paid reviews (and purchased links) lowered the quality of the sites that had them and were, inherently, a lower quality link. They have a point on both cases, but clearly they overdid it since lots of high quality sites feature a reasonable level of paid links or one form or another. As a “search consumer” I would take the results from a site that had no paid links as worth more than links that were bought and paid for, but Google has to remember that search consumers would also take results from a site with no advertising as worth more than results from a Google Adsense publisher. Bottom line, they’re probably right to give a small penalty, but the great Page Rank Slam of 2007 was a clear overreaction and they’re correcting it.

    Tom Hanna’s last blog post..One hell of a deal

  8. April says:

    This is such a great post, and so very true. It is our blogs, and we should be able to make a little money if we want to. When Google knocked my blog down, I still continued to blog. I’m not going to let them stop me. Thanks for sharing.

    April’s last blog post..11 year old in intensive care from school bully