At least for me it is over as I can see the new toolbar PageRank for my this and the rest of the sites. This update was expected to occur somewhere in the end of March 2009 but it started with the start of April 2009 when Google began updating PageRank of all pages in their database. So my prediction was close !
Not surprisingly, this blog dropped its PR by 1 and is now only PR 1. The reasons behind this drop in PR is what this post is all about.
I Didn’t Trade Text Links
Yes, that is absolutely right as I have never ever been involved in any kind of text link trading either buying or selling and I hardly make any link on this blog “Do follow” i.e search engine friendly. This is also not the reason why I lost my PageRank.
I Didn’t Do Sponsored Posts
Although I have thought of it several times but I have never seem to admire the idea of posting on my own blog on someone else’s will just for the sake of money. This is also not the reason for the drop in PageRank.
I Didn’t Post on This Blog Regularly
This can be one of the reasons as crawl rate decreases on sites that are not updated on regular basis. According to my posts archive, I have updated this blog only 12 times in the past 90 days which is way below the posting frequency that I had set for this blog i.e 1 post every 3rd day. But has the posting frequency got anything to do with PageRank ? I leave this question for those reading this post. Do comment below to share your thoughts.
I Almost Lost Over 1000 Back links
The main reason that resulted in the loss of PageRank is due to the removal huge number of incoming links to this blog. Those links were coming from a authority site (forum signature links) for a long time and I have removed them for the last 45 days which sent an alert to Google resulting in a lower PageRank.
What I have learned so far is that PageRank itself doesn’t hold much value if you are not getting enough traffic to your site. So stop worrying about PageRank and try to post some useful stuff for others as content is one of the most important traffic driving force that you will need all the time.