I have been reading a lot of other posts from other bloggers about their PR dropping to zero and what their take on the whole thing is. As I assumed, they are just about as pissed off as I am about the whole Google PR Slapping just because we’re making money through another service and not them.
David Utter makes a point about how this will actually effect your traffic, just as I have experienced, since your PR won’t get the placing it once did on the Search Rankings. Whoever says that the PR raping wont effect your page rank, then you might want to read my other post on how my traffic dropped the day I got raped by Google. Coincidence? I think not.
As proof that Google is sore about the whole deal that bloggers are making money by reviewing things and not through their services, Ted Murphy, CEO of Izea, points out that Google in fact has gone after Pay Per Post bloggers;
We now know from some of our friends inside of Google (thanks “bob” that they are now looking for phrases such as PPP, PayPerPost, ReviewMe, Payu2blog, etc. in the text of your post. For that reason I would suggest refraining from using any type of this text in the body of your posts, sponsored or not. When you disclose thank the sponsor, not PPP.
Murphy also goes as far as saying Google is displaying just how they are defending their monopolistic stranglehold on search and online advertising through their censorship. One of his employees has never posted a paid link in his blog, but because he blogs about his everyday work day, Google stripped him of his page rank, simply because he mentions Pay Per Post, and he’s just talking about his workday at Pay Per Post. Yup, in my opinion, Google is using Censorship, wouldn’t you agree? They’re PR Raping a guy for saying Pay Per Post.
Hopefully Izea’s RealRank service will help me out in getting back on my gravy train. I have already lost a butt load of money since the PR Raping.
The extra cash I was making from the paid reviews was helping me out a lot and allowing me to do my own freelance work since I didn’t have to spend a lot of time on my full time job (When they had the schedule done up properly that is.) So if RealRank works as good as I think it will, I’ll be back in full swing, and Google can go fuck themselves.
I may even go as far as getting rid of them entirely. I read a blog the other day (should have noted the URL) that wrote about all the different alternatives that you can use instead of Google. For example they mentioned that you can use Dogpile search instead of Google. It uses all the main search engines, including Google results, but using Dogpile search wont give Google the hit. So they loose revenue since the advertiser linkage won’t be displayed. TAKE THAT GOOGLE!
There were other suggestions for RSS Readers, mail, and many other alternatives to Google. I’m sure you can find them if you really would like to boycott Google. They need a real Kick in the pants in my opinion, and you’re entitled to it.