Where’s my Pagerank?
2 years ago I started this blog, it started like most blogs with low traffic and readers, sometimes I was the only one reading it, but I kept on posting and promoting it the best I could.
After 3 months, Google gave me a PageRank of ’3′, this was fantastic since I was new.
Another 9 months went by and suddenly I had a PageRank of ’5′, it only latest for about a week, and then I dropped back to a PageRank of ’3′, another victim of the Google Dance.
However, 6 months ago I lost all of my PageRank, overnight it was gone. I was dumbfounded, no idea why it had happened.
I was doing everything I thought was proper and by the books. Something had penalized me. I was being indexed by Google but they seemed to have turned on me.
What I did:
- I did a complete overhaul of Pliggs, new design, got rid of all ads except Adsense.
- Ensured all images had the ‘alt’ tag
- Made sure all outbound links in my posts were using anchor tags
- Commented more on other blogs
- Removed all widgets from the blog (EntreCard etc…)
I have released numerous FREE templates for Pligg, they have been downloaded thousands of times. This must relate to a lot of backlinks. Wrong. There are a few things that a lot of downloads of my templates mean:
- Not everyone will keep the backlink in the footer
- Not every download relates to a live website
- Not every website using my template has PageRank.
So, as an example lets say I have 2000 downloads(which I have), 25% of them are not live, 25% of them are not live and 25 % of them remove the backlink, this leave 25% that should be active. Lets go further and say half are indexed by Google.
So, 125 backlinks from the 2000 downloads, which is low-balling, this is evident by looking at the numbers in my sidebar of the downloads, I still have no PageRank.
According to Backlink Watch, I have 1000 backlinks, upon studying the list, not one of those backlinks are passing on any PR juice. However, upon even further studying I note that no backlinks are from a site using my templates. Google does show sites using them though, and a few have PageRank, so wheres the PR love from Google? Who knows.
Some of the websites using my themes with PageRank:
While these sites have very little PageRank, and there are more with PageRank, I still do not understand my loss of it, maybe a decrease, but a total loss?
PageRank is a reflection of the number of backlinks to your website and the PageRank value of those websites and whether ‘bad neighbours’ are linking to you.
I have plenty of backlinks, no ‘bad neighbours’ I know of and fresh content, but no love.
I have come to the realization that beating myself up with this issue is over, I can no longer focus on what I did wrong but what I did right. I have done almost all SEO tips I know of and have plenty of backlinks.
I will continue to produce FREE Pligg templates and posts and maybe someday I will be rewarded by Google, but from here on in, PageRank is the last thing on my mind and I have even gotten rid of the Google toolbar from my Firefox.
If you have any insight or a familiar story to share, please leave me a comment below.
What is your new PageRank now that the last 2008 update was complete a couple of days ago?