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Am I A Sheep In The Googlesphere?

Written by George Manty  · October 12, 2007

There were some rather interesting posts and developments this week. Most of them were about Google. So instead of my normal “Internet marketing tips from the web” post, this post should be titled “Internet marketing tips from the Googlesphere”.

Hmmm… Did I just create a new term?

I will have to go “Yahoo” it… back in a sec.

Nope, Yahoo shows 999 results for Googlesphere, rats!

Anyway, the biggest news of the week across the blogosphere was that Google is lowering the pagerank of sites that sell text link advertising. I don’t know if this includes buying and selling banner links or not, but it should since banner ads normally don’t use the no-follow tag.

I think that those who made this decision at Google don’t understand how powerful the blogosphere really is, or they expect most bloggers to act like sheep and fully support Google.

Here are some of the many posts I have read this week about paid links causing websites to lose Google page rank:

Official: Selling Paid Links Can Hurt Your PageRank Or Rankings On Google (I read it here first)

Part Three – NoFollow is for Blog Spam…no Paid Text Links, wait…Paid Ads…Aww Heck, Just Stop Linking and Let Calacanis Decide the Rankings

Penalty Confirmed – But I Don’t Sell PageRank

Dancing With The Gevil – Defamed By Google?

Garry Conn and Google

How to Profit from Google’s War on Paid Links

Last, but not least, Aaron Wall pretty much takes the words out of my mouth on this topic:

Google is Becoming Wikipedia Without the Talk Page

So, what am I going to do about this issue?

I haven’t decided yet. On the one hand, I have come up with a plan that could REALLY tick off Google, on the other hand I can be a sheep. Decisions, decisions...

In other news…

Tiny start-up rival to Google?
A new company called Proximic has come up with a very cool new technology. From the sounds of things it might become a great way to monetize your site and be a huge competitor to Google’s Adsense. Microsoft, Yahoo, Google… let the bidding wars begin!

Lastly, I got an email from Google’s Adsense program last night about a new service that lets you make money from YouTube videos. I am very excited about the possibilities for some of my other blogs.

That’s it for now…


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4 Responses to “Am I A Sheep In The Googlesphere?”

  1. Collin on October 13th, 2007 11:06 am

    How many blogs do you have going. I find it hard to run one but I am new so I guess that could be one of the issues. lol

  2. George Manty on October 13th, 2007 9:02 pm

    Collin,

    We have 15 blogs, but some of them are pretty inactive.

  3. Amanda on October 16th, 2007 8:01 am

    The funniest thing? everyone i know only got downgraded no one I’ve seen has been upgraded to a new rank? I was a 6 now I am a 5.

    MY blog hasn’t changed. But I am sorry advertising and using it has always been the way. It’s googles fault for setting up stupid standards with the ranking.

  4. George Manty on October 16th, 2007 8:16 am

    Amanda,

    Have you seen any drop in Search rankings or just Page Rank? From what I understand it’s only page rank that is dropping.





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