Google: I am Un-friending You

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Google: I am Un-friending You

Yes. You read that right. I am un-friending Google. Yes. This is a bit of a rant.

For years this blog had a Page Rank of 3. It held up through all the Google algorithm changes that have taken place through the years. Then the latest update happened – Hummingbird. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? NOT. Suddenly this blog has a page rank of 2. I have done nothing different. Perhaps that’s the problem. I am not following what Google says I must do so I must be punished.

I decided to try an experiment. I signed up for Google Adsense for this blog. I was approved during the first step. And then I was turned down. Why? I do not have enough text on my blog. Yes. Let me repeat that. I do not have enough text on my blog to be approved for Google Adsense. Seriously…

Who are the creative genius’s and decision makers who come up with these seemingly arbitrary rules? Give them a raise. They are certainly good at making their followers lives miserable trying to please them.

While I do use some of Google’s services, because… well… they are just good services, I do not have to play the rest of their game. I will continue to manage this blog, and its lack of text, my own way. Page Rank will not be a factor in any decision I make regarding this blog. Gone are the days of me trying to please Google. There are plenty of other people out there still trying to please them so they will never miss this blogger.

Here’s a thought: What would happen if everyone just decided to ignore Google and do things their own way? What a radical idea! People would be publishing blogs without attempting to please Google. Yeah, I know. The world might come to an end.

End of rant.

 

Until next time…

Geek Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geek Grandma

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  1. upliftingfam says:

    I have never ran my blog to please Google for the most part. While my blog is just shy of two years, I am still a PR 2. I do rank for some terms but I write to please my readers.

    • Cheryl says:

      I started out blogging for myself, then my readers. I lost sight of that when I started trying to please Google. Back to the beginning – it's just me and my readers now.

  2. JeriWB says:

    My blog got to a 2 really quickly, but has now sat at that number for two years or more. It is what it is. I figure I'm not a computer or SEO genius, so Google can do what they do and I won't pretend to try to even understand it 😉

    • Cheryl says:

      If you can't beat them, give up. Oh right. That's something else. I will just let Google do as it pleases and I will do the same.

  3. Dan Meyers says:

    Careful, don't make the great Google angry!!! It really is amazing how dependent most websites are on Google. If they want to shut down a site, all they have to do is change their algorithms and goodbye! Hmmm, maybe I need to buy some Google stock 🙂

    • Cheryl says:

      Yeah, you don't know whether to join them or just what to do. I give up trying to figure them out. They change their minds too often about what we should do.

  4. I understand your frustration. But who cares about pagerank, and there are much better ways to make money from a blog than adsense. So i think this just might be a good thing after all. Cheers

    • Cheryl says:

      You make a very good point. It's just so much is based on page rank it can be difficult to ignore.

  5. I never have really paid much attention to any of that stuff. I figure my sanity is better in the long run if I just do what it is I want to do.

    • Cheryl says:

      You are so right my friend. 🙂

  6. techiv says:

    I didn't think of that stuff in the first place. Bloggers use Google's services to support their blog. Most bloggers do their own way, they blog because they want to share their thoughts to other people not to Google alone. If bloggers will strictly follow all the rules or they create articles just to please Google then they will find it hard and possibly lose the appetite of making their own amazing and inspired blogs. If your interested, check ClickMinded digital marketing course.