I have a high(er) traffic blog (really, I do. It surprising to even me). I have lots of friends and get decent comments. I have my lovely loyal subscribers that never fail to make me smile. I am happy with how my little blog is doing.
So why do I put so much stock into my stupid Google Page Rank??
Google doesn’t even put much stock into it.
Yet I, along with thousands of other bloggers, am OBSESSED.
I spent months at zero. Months. I was getting twenty thousand unique visitors per month and I was a big fat zero. I was so upset about it. PR and media folk are told to look at it. So when you are at zero, you miss out on a lot of good opportunities…so I thought. Then one day, I went up to a THREE. A three!? YAY me!
I felt validated. Like all my hard work was paying off. The Google Gods noticed me.
“All Praise the Google Gods!”
I saw my other friends that had spent months at a PR5 go down to zero and ones. Everyone said “it doesn’t matter.” Yet I was SO happy to be a three. I just read quietly so as to not make them feel bad all the while I was wondering…what did I do right that they did wrong?
The answer: Absolutely NOTHING.
The Google Gods were just not smiling on them at the time.
Google is fickle.
Just today, I started at 3. Went to 0. After a while I landed at 2.
What the hell, GOOGLE?!
So I am done with Google. DONE. I am removing the little page rank plug in that tells me my magic number. No longer will I check my rank and compare myself to others. I will not watch as my numbers dance around all day long keeping my stomach in knots wondering where it will land. I will remove my PR button from my media page. I do not care what my rank is anymore.
I am a good blogger. I have wonderful friends and awesome company’s to work with.