My Frustration with Google Page Rank
Why is everyone so stuck on Page Rank? Lindsay at Just My Blog and Lindsay Socializes asks this very question. I am asking the same thing. I have been turned down, insulted and told my blog isn’t good enough to do reviews or paid posts and I am so extremely frustrated!
Google hasn’t updated PR since April. I used to blog over at http://stacievaughansblog.blogspot.com on Blogger. In May, I decided to take my blog to the next level and switch to WordPress and my own domain, http://www.simplystacie.net. I hired a designer to move me over and knew that I would take a hit in Page Rank. My old blogspot blog had a PR of 3. I figured since Google updated every few months back then that I would be given a rank by the summer. I was ok with the wait and the drop to a PR of 0 and figured it would be worth it to have my own domain and be on WordPress which is more SEO friendly.
Boy was I wrong! I feel like I am being punished because I moved my site. It’s November and Google still hasn’t updated in over 6 months. In those 6 months, all my other blog stats have grown in leaps and bounds. I have close to 6000 Google Friend Connect Followers, my Alexa Rank is under 45K worldwide, we are at the top (or near the top) most days for the blog with the most comments on Comment Luv, my traffic is awesome and I have an interested and engaged readership (love you all!). Yet, I am still not good enough to some companies who ONLY look at Google PR.
Both my review team and I have received insulting emails from companies telling us that we aren’t good enough to review their $20 product. The kicker was the email we received last week saying we weren’t good enough to review their candle and must have done something pretty wrong for Google to strip us of PR! Huh? ALL WE DID WAS MOVE DOMAINS AND TO A NEW BLOGGING PLATFORM. I was so angry at this email and how rude this man was. Excuse me for trying to improve my business.
I know there’s lots of us out there in the same boat. I just wish Google would either update or announce that it is doing away with PR altogether. I have been hearing rumors that they are not going to ever update and be done with PR and the more months that pass, the more I am believing that is the case. I guess we can’t do anything but wait and see. I have tried to see where to contact Google, but it’s a mess to try and find how to reach them.
If you have been affected by PR and have been treated rudely and unfairly by companies and PR professionals, I hope you will write a post on your blog and link up over atLindsay Socializes. I am glad that I could vent my frustration today and know that I am not the only blogger out there who feels like this.