This may be a strange question, but it is one that I often ask myself, especially after checking out a lot of blogs and reading what they have to say. It seems that a lot of the time bloggers are simply struggling to appease the big boys at Google. Sure they try and produce quality content, but they also try and saturate it with what they hope to be good keywords and sometimes this affects the quality of the post as the keywords become more important than the content of the post.
So I had to ask myself, ‘Am I after that all important PR?’ In a way I suppose the answer would have to be yes, but the question is, how far am I willing to go to get it? It’s obvious that the road to a high PR means that I should curtail to Google’s wishes but is it worth it? Let’s look at some of the things that they say a blog should be to obtain a good PR.
- No-Follow: Apparently this is a biggy because if you change your blog to a do-follow blog they reckon that you will leak your PR to all your commentators. So, do I reward my commentators or should I make Google happy by changing my blog to a no-follow blog? As my commentators are so important to me, after all, the whole idea of the posts are to solicit comments, my blogs will stay as a do-follow blogs.
- Paid Posts: Now I know that Google hates blogs that take paid posts opportunities because I was one of the bloggers who lost all his PR for doing so. By Paid posts I mean those bloggers, such as myself, who do posts for sites like PayPerPost, PayU2Blog and the like, but did I do what a lot of other bloggers did after being Google slapped and remove all my paid posts? No Way! It’s my blog and I should be able to run it the way I see fit. Heck, as long as I don’t post crap relating to porn and stuff why should they care if someone wants to pay me for doing a post for them. Whatever happened to free speech?
- KeyWord Stuffing: Having the right keywords in your title and post is important if you want to get noticed by all the major search engines. If you get this right it will have a direct result on your SERP (search engine results page) and you could well end up on the front page of the search engines. The thing is that you do not want to take it to the point that the keywords become more important than the topic as it will wreak havoc on the quality of your post. Phew, that’s one thing I don’t have to worry about as I find that doing keyword research is a bore and takes the fun out of blogging. What I usually do is construct the post first and then as I’m proof reading I pick out some words that I feel may make good keywords, so in essence the post comes first and the keywords second.
Hopefully this is making sense. I am not trying to convince anyone on how they should run their blog, heaven forbid. I am merely trying to state my personal view that as far as I am concerned I will only go so far to appease the Google Big Wigs. If I feel that any of their rules affect the integrity of my posts and personal views, then as far as I am concerned I will no-follow those rules.
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