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This Week’s Google Bomb

Written by George Manty  · October 26, 2007

There has been a lot of talk this week in the blogosphere about Google dropping the pagerank of prominent blogs. I wrote about it earlier this week. Instead of my normal Internet marketing tips from the web post, this week I am going to share some of the posts I read this week about Google’s actions:

My opinion on Google “slamming” folks for paid links
I am going to start with Jason Calacanis, who I mentioned in my previous post. I disagree with Jason on this. I understand wanting to comply with Google, but in my opinion webmasters should be able to interlink their sites for promotional purposes. They shouldn’t have to tell Google about these links; it’s Google’s problem- not the blogs.

Google PageRank: Joke Of The Blogosphere?
Andy Beard’s post was my favorite read on this topic so far.

The Great Google Bitch Slap
I found this post via Andy and it is a very entertaining look at the situation.

Competition: Create a Slogan for Bloggers Hit by the Page Rank Slam of October 07
Darren Rowse is running a competition to create a slogan for bloggers hit by the page rank update. Pretty funny, and it has a really good reward. Go check it out.

Court offered a couple of posts on this topic:

Alternate Theory For Google PageRank Drops

Google Slapping Entire Internet Marketing Industry

Both of Court’s articles are good reads.

How Did eMoms at Home Come Out of This Page Rank Scandal Unscathed?
Wendy asks the same question that others have been asking, “Why haven’t I been hit by Google?” Who knows why everyone hasn’t been hit. Maybe she has been hit. Maybe on the next pagerank update emomsathome was going to be a PR6. The answer is that this is probably just a partial update, but we will see.

I mentioned in my post last week, “Am I A Sheep In The Googlesphere?” that it seems like a bad idea to tick off so many bloggers. It will be very interesting to see what happens next…

PS. If you are looking for some real excellent information on making money online, check out Chris Garret’s series on making money online from the last two weeks. It has been an excellent read.

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4 Responses to “This Week’s Google Bomb”

  1. Amanda on October 29th, 2007 6:10 pm

    I was hit but it hasn’t effected my ability to earn money, in fact it has done the opposite. I just sold 2 more adspots, and I’m working on new ways to monetize my site.

  2. George Manty on October 29th, 2007 7:08 pm


    That is good news.

  3. Martin on November 1st, 2007 6:54 am

    There are alot of websites that I know for a fact buy/sell links as well as directories and other sites, that have not seen any effect on page rank. This update was aimed specifically at certain sites that would create a ripple effect throughout the internet. I’ve come across various places where people are unwilling to buy or sell links anymore after the last update. As long as traffic stays the same who cares what the green bar says?

  4. Jonathan on April 15th, 2008 11:51 am

    Google are becoming more and more aggressive in terms of their criteria for page rank updates and I can understand some of their concern over paid links, however i think it’s harsh of them to penalise blogger and website owners who were just playing the very system that Google created in the first place.