Google’s PageRank is as inscrutable as a person’s FICO score, and if you make your living on the Web, you’re influenced by both whether you like it or not.
This “enhancement” to PageRank may not make you like it any better:
I just came across a very unpleasing revelation to end the year however it’s just part of every blogger or webmaster’s life to be hit by Google once in a while or maybe frequently for some.
The Google pagerank of this blog has been stripped a notch and is now down to 3 from the previous 4 which isn’t giving me a totally happy face to end the year. My other friends’ blogs have also been stripped with their page ranks however I’m not going to tell who because it’s up for them to find out.
Google’s nasty caffeinated algorithm had finally taken its toll and is mercilessly affecting sites on shared hosting as they have advocated page loading speed as an added factor to rank in 2010. I’m not surprised that is this going to happen however this exaggerated move isn’t helping the web but it’s killing the content delivery networks especially blogs the benefit of ranking for highly relevant page positions that provides more quality content than static pages.
The PageRank scale runs 0 to 10, so a drop from 4 to 3 might be considered significant.
Fort Hard Knox has been similarly hit:
Ft. Hard Knox’s page rank just dropped to 4/10 from 5/10 where it has been nearly two years. I think part of that has to do with the fact that we’ve been going through a little transition in the last few months, and have not been posting as much original content that other bloggers want to link to.
For my part, I’ve found that I’m pretty much incapable of guessing which posts will generate links or even comments; it’s probably a good thing that I take a relatively dim view of trying to game the system, because plainly I wouldn’t be good at it.
Which is not to say that massive link dumps like The Other McCain Full Metal Jacket Reach-Around don’t help; McCain’s sporting a highly-respectable 6 these days. Of course, he’d like another point or two who wouldn’t? (Besides her, I mean. She has two sites, a 2 and a 3.)
As for optimizing one’s page-loading speed, I’ve done just about all that I can: unless I’ve linked to an audio/video file lately, everything originates here except the Twitwidget, the SiteMeter, and the little Green thing, which actually comes from the host anyway. (I generally avoid hotlinking other people’s graphics, preferring to store my own copy.) There’s a WordPress gizmo to tell me how much of the RAM on the shared database server is going to support this site: it runs around 25 MB of a possible 90 unless I have a bunch of runaway PHP processes going on, as I did New Year’s Eve for a couple of hours. (Weirdly, this seemed to be triggered by Google’s spider, which apparently stumbled into a trap of its own making and thrashed the server enough to cause it to have, in its own words, “gone away.”)
Still, I try not to take this stuff too seriously. I hit 6 once, dropped back to 5, and have settled there ever since. I have no idea what my credit score is, however.