So it’s official…From the mouth of SearchEngineJournal editor Loren Baker post “Matt Cutts confirms paid links and PageRank update“, the voice of Google Matt Cutts has said:
The partial update to visible PageRank that went out a few days ago was primarily regarding PageRank selling and the forward links of sites. So paid links that pass PageRank would affect our opinion of a site.
Going forward, I expect that Google will be looking at additional sites that appear to be buying or selling PageRank.Ã‚Â
So if you’re selling links, kiss PageRank goodbye.
This would be a good move to shift more human relevant content into the SERPs, although without visibility of it’s PR algorithmn, it’s difficult to judge how a site providing quality content can justify the provision of free content WITHOUT advertising as a revenue stream.
Has Google’s quality score grown to encompass the quality and sophistication of site content?
Or will it be some time before a comprehensive content ranking system makes it’s way into the PageRank system.
On the bread-and-butter side of things, I (more…)
This is an “after the fact update”.
A contact mentioned that Google had updated Toolbar PageRank ratings last week.
I hadn’t noticed changes on my blog, but some of my content sites have done from PR3 to PR4. Fairly decent consider that they’re a little over 6 months old.
As mentioned in previous PageRank-related posts, take note that Toolbar PageRank is different from your Live PageRank which is registered at the datacenters and determine how frequently your site is indexed by the search engine spiders.
You can find out your Toolbar PageRank by installing the Google Toolbar.
But more effective than the Toolbar PR, which some would say is ‘old PR’ is the live PR, which can be accessed through the Live PR datacenter check.
Backlinks (one way links to your blog or website) determine PageRank.
If you haven’t already, the following are (more…)
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It’s been due for sometime and I was checking out ZZ Online Marketing’s post “Google Toolbar PageRank Update”
I checked my Live PR at the Google datacenters:
My Google Toolbar PR displays a 3, though it may be headed to a PR5 at the end of this exercise. Some of my other sites look like they may be moving up a notch.
This is encouraging because I’ve mostly focused on a content-based approach (except for a brief period where I felt I was excessively focused on meta and H1 and H2 optimization). Looks like the organic route has worked out well.
If you’re like to check the Live PR for your sites from the Google Datacenters, check out (more…)
Credit to Gwen for pointing this site out on her site: GwendolynTan.com.
Let’s look at the elements of this site:
Jose’s friends moved to Seattle and did not have a job. Although they managed to get housing, they didn’t have furniture. They decided to built furniture using Federal Express shipping boxes.
Some time later, Jose moved to Arizona and faced the same problem. He decided to follow their example building his own furniture, which now includes:
- dining table
Whether you’re curious about how they did it, or just wondering if they’re plain crazy, you’ll be drawn to their site.
How sticky is their site?
Very. Even though they don’t have a technorati account, there are 91 links to their fedexfurniture.com. (now 92 after counting this post!)
Their Google PageRank (PR) is a mighty 6. (anything above a 4 means the Google Spiders crawl your site very regularly). Their Alexa ranking is also a respectable 439,637 (as of Aug 19,2006).
What helps is that lots of traffic has been generated from links from several high authority sources like:
- Livedoor (a large Japanese portal)
- USA Today
- Boing Boing
- The Seattle Times
The biggest element of their publicity likely has been the frenzy whipped up by FedDex. Look at the legal letters they’ve sent to poor Jose.
It’s better publicity than anything you could buy at Google AdWords.
Where’s the money?
To monetize their traffic, Jose and company could consider revenue streams such as:
- Google Adsense
- Leveraging off their PR ranking to sell backlinks to other sites
- Affiliate marketing to monetize their incoming traffic
- Do promotions for other companies like furniture or deliveries companies (can you imagine UPS or Ikea advertising on their site?)