Get Over That PR Jitters and Get A Life

Normally, people associate the abbreviation PR with Public Relations, but in the world of blogging, PR stands for PageRank, an innocuous coined word by that Mountain View giant Google out to rule the Internet. And PR has become quite sinister in its own ways.

Sinister in the sense that, once every 3-4 months, like some unknown virus it manifests a kind of mental angst upon bloggers who become irritated, agitated, or even intoxicated by the very thought of PR.

Over at Dean Hunt's blog, he's having a piece of his mind about webmasters
"who have better things to do than to be listening to endless threads, blog posts and nonsense about the upcoming Google PageRank update."

In simple term, as the good doctor would say, they are getting the PR jitters. Wondering whether their blogging lives will be going North or South. Who knows, a quiet visit to your regular head-shrinker might help to calm you down. He'll probably tell you not to keep starring at that little green thingy bar less you might be hynoptized into a jelly-minded condition...and you might not get back into the Real World again!

This resounding motto should wake you up from that PR stupor: GO GET A LIFE!

C'mon baby, it's only an indicator to tell you the status of your site in the search engine result pages (SERPs) just like the Alexa ranking. Okay, you get recognized and you stand a better chance of making more money if you're one of those posties writing reviews and whatnot. But never forget, quality content counts in the long run.

Quoting Dean Hunt:

Blockquote Surely people have better things to do than spend hours in forums discussing a little green bar? Aren't we all tired of this by now? We should just focus on improving our businesses and the rest will take care of itself."
As you can see, there's no point in wasting time at forums where the PR discussions are just old baloney. Taking actions ahead of the Google Dance is a better proposition. Like they say, if you don't play, you can't win.

Of related interests:
 Why this PR is doing the shadow dance


Mahdi said...

radical post! preach on bro! but i do hope i get a 4 at least ;)

Christy said...

Great post! I'm not as obsessed with page rank as technorati, but I have to admit I do get the PR jitters!

Hope you're having a great day:)

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Interesting point my friend. I think that PR is still a determining factor in your search rankings to some degree, but the last algorithm update seems to have changed that a bit. I think they are trying to steer away from the extra love PR gives to search rankings and rely on more concrete sources like links with age and sites with age. Not to say you can't list against wikipedia, but it has gotten harder since the last update. Search for just about anything you would not buy and most of the time it lists first. Over time it should pan out I guess. We shall see.

Wit (from Options-Calculator) said...

I'm usually building small niche websites about topics that do interest me. For those niches I get 40-50 visitors a day from Google, etc.

PR never played a big roll until I realized that there are people who are willing to pay for it.

Some of my niche blogs went up to 3-4PR. When I lost the interest I simply sold posts on those blogs.

Unethical? Nope. If I'm not interested to keep running that blog anymore, why throw it away if it can make me some money?

I'm not crazy over PR, but as long as others are, I'll just continue to cash in.

Cheers :)

Annual Top Politicians said...

I'm sure that PR does reflect how well you're going to rank at some level - the problem is it's so imperfect a reflection that there's very little benefit from being a 3 vs. a 4, etc. The only thing I really think it's useful for is knowing whether or not a site is penalized or not if you're thinking about linking to them (something 5 years old with an N/A is a no go in my book).

Markk said...

> Wit: I like your attitude. Way to go, mate.

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I agree Wit, PR doesn't play important role, only traffic and ranking is the key. Well but PR get the trust of the page in visitors eyes. We can give this some value.

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There are lots of reasons to train for a PR, but it pretty much comes down to seeing just how far you can push yourself. If you train for a PR you will likely become fitter than you've ever been in your life, which is a nice feeling, especially as you get older.