Luigi the Blacksmith
I’m reminded of a joke that talks about a blacksmith named Luigi who lived in the Welsh Valleys. Luigi was complaing about a nickname he had acquired and how his reputation had been damaged. All his long life he had worked hard as a blacksmith, fitting new shoes, looking after the horses of the farmers and the gentry, he really thought it unfair that he should be labelled in the way that he had. “20 years a blacksmith, I’m Luigi the Blacksmith, 2 minutes with a sheep and I’m Luigi the sheep shagger”
Reputation hits hurt
The serious point is that for whatever reason, this blog like many others appears to have taken a visible greenbar hit. The greenbar representation does not equate to this blogs link profile.
My little Luigi joke is related to the fact that I have actually made in the 10 months I’ve been blogging here just one sponsored review (which was clearly labelled as such) does this make me some kind of link selling evil seo bastard? Of course not, it’s ridiculous to assert such a thing, yet why else? Why else has this blog seen such a marked drop in its green toolbar PR?
I really wasn’t going to say anymore on this PR thing(plenty has been said already) but I was kinda narked so decided that I just had to pass comment – get it off my chest and be done with it.
I don’t really care that my visible PR has been penalised, but I do care about the reasons behind it, I think it’s an infantile and ridiculous thing to do, the sortof thing some blind cyclops might engage in some cave somewhere.
Last week this blog had a toolbar PR of 4, yesterday it was 3 today it is 2 tommorrow I might be 1.
I don’t sell text links
First off, for the record. I do not sell text links on this website. I’ve discussed things like reviewme and payperpost and TLA and sponsoredreviews because they happened to pertain to what some of what this blog discusses, which so happens to be the monetisation of written content.
Lets take TLA for example, I like many others have a link through to their stuff via some affid banner or text, mine happen to be nofollowed. I nofollowedthese because I’m not a total idiot, I have no desire to stick two fingers up to a company that happens to deliver paying customers every once in a while, that would be silly, that said I still have the right to monetise what I do in any way that I choose to, it’s for me to weigh up the pros and cons of course. Which is why I took the decision to nofollow my PPP and TLA links from the outset.Ithought thatthiswas what people like Mr C had requested. I didn’t like it, but took a broad based decision deciding it was one of those fights for another day.
The reasons were 2 fold.
Reason 1 as I’ve said already I didn’t want to antogonise the 800lb gorilla and reason 2, I didn’t want to leak any juice to stuff that basically already had my tacit support by virtue of me placing their code on my real estate. That action alone was enough, they didn’t merit site wide dofollows too, that would have been like me paying them twice.
No Nofollow blog?
Perhaps they don’t like the fact that by and large this happens to be a dofollow blog. I allow followed links for those who take the time to comment here. Those who are denied are usually done so on the back of a choice taken by me that feels that they are either spamming me or just generally have one of those aint worth sixpence type websites.
Suffice to say that there is not one thing I’ve done on this blog that is outside of any search engine guideline.
Don’t poke the big fat ape
Ive critiscised them a little sure, who hasn’t and why wouldn’t I even. Christ I blog about seo and search engines, lots of others do too. I ask my readers questions I am genuinely interested in what others think, it’s one of the reasons why I post little polls and ask sensitive questions. If that’s a reason (which I doubt) then that’s just a little pathetic. Google have to recognise that criticism comes with the terrority. The feudal lord has raised his tax take,people will complain and criticise, it’s part of the human condition, always has been always will.
Would I consider a reinclusion request and admit to ‘wrong doing’ or ‘badness’ or being evil? Heck no. Their egos are theirs and theirs alone to live with, why the fuck should I go cap in hand confessing like some remorseful sinner for something that is so asinine it’s barely worth geting flummoxed about!
As Andy said in a previous post when he was first slapped. To those who don’t know and view the Pagerank green bar thing as a signal of quality, then it looks like I have a low grade shitty blog. Google is saying this blog is crap and not to be trusted. That really isn’t on.
Whoa whoa calm down…?
Of course…all of this could but be a step back to the days of old where PR updates were a part of the regular landscape.In the absence of any official statement from the Google FUD machine it’s all people can do but speculate.
Lots of people today are reporting fluctuations, some blogs that had seen a toolbar drop the other day have seen a return to form, others (like mine) have seen a worsening.
Andy put together a little list
|Domain||Starting PR||1st PR Update||2nd PR Update||Today’s PR|
|www.autoblog.com||6||6||4||4 or 6|
|www.engadget.com||7||7||5||5 or 7|
|www.copyblogger.com||6||6||4||6 or 7|
|www.joystiq.com||6||6||4||4 or 6|
|www.tuaw.com||6||6||4||4 or 6|
|www.searchengineguide.com||7||6||4||4 or 5|
|www.searchenginejournal.com||7||7||4||4 or 6|
|www.johnchow.com||6||5||4||4 or 5|
|www.quickonlinetips.com||6||6||3||3 or 5|
|www.seroundtable.com||7||7||4||4 or 6|
|weblogtoolscollection.com||6||6||4||4 or 6|
|andybeard.eu||5||4||3||3 4 or 5|
|www.blogherald.com||6||6||4||4 or 6|
|www.Forbes.com||7||7||5||4 5 or 6|
|www.sfgate.com||7||7||5||5 or 7|
|www.washingtonpost.com||7||7||5||5 or 7|
|www.technosailor.com||6||6||3||3 or 5|
|www.9rules.com||8||8||5||4 5 or 6|
|blog.nafurai.com||3||3||2||1 or 2|
|courtneytuttle.com||3||2||1||1 2 3 or 4|
|www.SunTimes.com||7||7||5||5 or 7|
|TheGadgetBlog.com||5||5||3||3 or 5|
|Space.com/||7||7||5||5 7 or 8|
|OneMansBlog.com||6||6||4||5 4 or 6|
|entrepreneurs-journey.com||6||5||3||3 or 5|
|The following are site updates which were not hit by a penalty previously for comparison purposes|
|www.connectedinternet.co.uk||6||6||6||3 or 5|
|More news and updates available from source Andy Beard – Niche Marketing|
I don’t get why Google are getting so hatey with the people who collectively, helped them become as strong and as wealthy as they have. Its like we all created a Frankensteins monster that is just out of control having swigged a bottle of A grade Vodka smashing up the laboratory, trying to get to Dr Frankenstein and wring his neck!
It’s bad bad karma, its arrogant, it’s lots of depressing little things, that for now I’ve already spent far too much of this precious thing called life on.
Have a great day!