I am sharing this with good faith that some of you out there will have the wisdoms to weigh your priorities and decide on the best course of action. Do not listen to others or get yourself into the mob or herd mentality. Get away from your herd, think what you really want and take the actions needed to get you out of the PR 0 bitch slap by Google.
I write for money but money is not my priority
Can you afford to think this way? My income in December is only half of my income in November because I have PR 0. I took drastic action since the day I was bitch slapped with PR 0. I ‘divorced’ my three main blogs from TLA, PPP, SR, RM on the spot. I returned money to PPP, TLA, LW. I am giving only acronyms here because you have to know what I am talking about. Otherwise, this post won’t help you.
Deal with your head, not your emotions
People did all sort of stupid things when they first got bitch slapped. Some cursed, some act heroic, some pretend not to care, some retaliated by reporting other ‘survivors’, some went around showing off their remaining pagerank. Some started a revolution of ‘I hate Google’.
What to do before asking for reconsideration?
1) Delete off ALL paid posts. However, if you are tied to permanent placements, you are caught in a trap. Blogi is permanent, you know?
2) Take a look at your whole site and find out which pages have too many external links. Kill them all. Stupid memes, stupid blog fairs etc etc. You want PR, you have to do it alone.
3) No more selling text links. I returned over USD300 to TLA and LW last month.
4) Install no-follow plugin if you are using WordPress.
5) Be very sure that you won’t get tempted to take one more for the road. I.e. totally, pull yourself out of all the networks.
6) Write a nice note and admit that you have been naughty. Tell Google what you have done, i.e. stop selling text links and paid posts that leak PR juice and you have no-follow links now.
7) Follow up with them weekly if you have taken more drastic measures. Bwahahaha, I am persistent but I am utterly sweet.
But why opt for PR and throw money away?
I know that PayPerPost has no more future for us who are located in the Asia continent. So, RealRank doesn’t impress me. Since the day geo segmentation was imposed by PPP, we were already dead. I had moved on to salvage PR because there is no more money.
You know why I am ready to forego the money I can get right now if I continue selling text links and doing paid posts? Because this is but a short and temporary hardship. Who knows, in the future, other advertising companies may adopt this no-follow links and I can still monetize my site? By then, I will have my PR already.
I still think bloggers should not bother to ask Google for reconsideration if your blogs are as spammy as some of my paid post blogs. The ones which I gain the PR back are very good blogs with good traffic, links, contents and not that many paid posts. I challenge you to check my traffic on Alexa against your blogs and note that I am not given the PR because I asked. Google gave me back my PR because my sites are darn good.
How long does it take Google to reconsider?
About a month. I follow up three times. Remember they are real people there so write something short and straight to the point. List down what you have done. Don’t think they are machines.
Where to find our pagerank?
I usually check from Dig Pagerank. The rest are mostly craps. I also have Firefox with Google toolbar so I can see them on the spot.
Where do I go to ask Google for reconsideration?
Google Webmaster Central. If you still need to ask this very basic question, you are not ready for it. If your blog is not even there, you cannot submit for reconsideration.
So, who dares to go to Google and say this :
By submitting this form, I acknowledge that:
* This site no longer violates Google’s quality guidelines.
* I have read and agree to abide by Google’s quality guidelines.
Tell us more about what happened: what actions might have led to any penalties, and what corrective actions have been taken. If you used a search engine optimization (SEO) company, please note that. Describing the SEO firm and their actions is a helpful indication of good faith that may assist in evaluation of reconsideration requests. If you recently acquired this domain and think it may have violated the guidelines before you owned it, let us know that below. In general, sites that directly profit from traffic (e.g. search engine optimizers, affiliate programs, etc.) may need to provide more evidence of good faith before a site will be reconsidered.
ONE FINAL NOTE
Don’t dig your own grave and submit a site that is full of violations. Google not only smack you with PR 0, they may even de-indexed your site, i.e. wipe you out totally from their index. Then, you are dead meat. So, be sure that your site is totally clean. Read and understand what Google expects from us.
Quality guidelines – basic principles
* Make pages for users, not for search engines. Don’t deceive your users or present different content to search engines than you display to users, which is commonly referred to as “cloaking.”
* Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you’d feel comfortable explaining what you’ve done to a website that competes with you. Another useful test is to ask, “Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn’t exist?”
* Don’t participate in link schemes designed to increase your site’s ranking or PageRank. In particular, avoid links to web spammers or “bad neighborhoods” on the web, as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links.
* Don’t use unauthorized computer programs to submit pages, check rankings, etc. Such programs consume computing resources and violate our Terms of Service. Google does not recommend the use of products such as WebPosition Goldâ„¢ that send automatic or programmatic queries to Google.
I know this post is a bit lengthy but hey, who says it is easy to gain PR? It took me a lot of time to read, understand and take action before I dare to approach Google. I am a Catholic and we are expected to go for our yearly (or more regular) confession. Submitting a site for reconsideration is like going for our confession. “Oh Lord Google, forgive me for I have sinnned. This is the first time I have committed the sin of selling my souls to money. Forgive me, Lord Google and I shall repent.”
So, folks, good luck! May 2008 brings us better tidings than 2007 which was full of pagerank limbo and roller coaster ride. Overall, it was a good year for me in terms of making money. And all these bitch slaps from PR 5 to PR 2 to PR 3 to PR 0 to PR 4 (yeah, that’s how many tumblings I had for just one single personal blog) have taught me a some very good lessons.
IF I DON’T CATCH YOU GUYS LATER, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008. CHEERS TO ALL AND LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY BLOGGING!
P/S : Bitches galore here!