I’ve had a really hard time composing this post, mainly because I’ve debated about who I should be mad at – if anyone; those who gave me advice that seems to have backfired, those who introduced me to PayPerPost and other paid blogging schemes or myself, for listening to them.
Then, I got sick and have spent the entire weekend in bed, which gave me plenty of time to think about what happened and what to do next with my blog.
There’s only one reason that I think contributed to my drop in PageRank:
Google’s desire to stop anyone from using advertising methods other than AdSense and AdWords. If you have used either, you know that only high traffic sites will have an opportunity to make more than $5 a month with these methods, versus hundreds or thousands of dollars with paid blogging or advertising methods via TextLinkAds or personal advertising.
I have tried from day 1 to integrate my paid posts and advertising into my blog, to ensure that my posts and blog design run seamlessly. I even declined many offers for paid posts or ads, just so I could maintain the integrity of my blog. I did all of the “right” things: disclosure badges, disclosure statements and even posts talking about the pros and cons of paid blogging and advertising.
I’m sure none of you know that if it weren’t for paid blogging this year, I would have ended up homeless. But, long gone are the days of earning money from my blog, which I feel is my right, because advertisers want to spend their money on sites with PageRank – which I no longer have! 👿
What is the point in investing money in blogging if you can’t make a return on investment? Yes, I like blogging, but I also like the affirmation of earning money for doing research and investing time in writing thoughtful, insightful and well-written posts that will generate traffic and buzz.
One of the biggest changes that you’ll see here is no more paid posts and no advertisements. The buttons in the sidebar will remain, but they are links to blogs I like and affiliate programs that I want to promote.
The second big change is that every link now has a
rel="nofollow". Since there is speculation that Google is penalizing entire sites for just a few sponsored posts, it is my stance that I should stop sharing “link juice” with all sites, just to be on the safe side. I won’t stop linking to external sites, but now I am using “link condoms”, to help protect the PageRank of other sites and hopefully, gain my PageRank back.
I’m disappointed that I’ve lost this income, but I am sure that since I’m sending my resume out, I’ll find a new job soon. Hopefully, I’ll have time to blog once I get my new job, though! ❗