Can the PageRank Hysterics Simmer Down?

Aug 14, 2007 • 9:18 am | comments (5) by twitter | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates
 

There's an interesting poll on DigitalPoint Forums about the obsessive compulsive nature of users when there are Google PageRank updates. We've already explored last week how Google should consider removal of the PageRank score and this poll's results seem to bolster that argument.

Over half of the respondents say that the Google PageRank updates are making them sick. To put it more specifically, they selected "It makes me sick seeing all those newbies going hysterical around PR updates!"

We have hundreds of posts in our own PageRank category, and I can see where the frustration lies.

But even with the obsessive nature of PageRank, some people know that "PR is entertainment" and means nothing.

Nobody even talks about ranking websites any more. PR is a joke.

So why keep it?

Really, then, I'm all for a page quality indicator that's updated regularly. There's no need for this "mass hysteria" every three months.

Forum discussion continues at DigitalPoint Forums.

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Comments:

gabs

08/14/2007 02:20 pm

I read this the other day: "Yes but this is the most awaited page rank update ever"! LOL.. I guess if your have never seen one b4 then jump up and down... w00t lol..

Justin

08/14/2007 02:40 pm

I'm an avid reader of DP and I can't believe how out of control this thread on the PR update has gone. Yes, I'm waiting for a change in mine, but when it comes, it comes. I'm not making myself sick and stare at the Google Toolbar all day long

Halfdeck

08/14/2007 04:19 pm

The PR Update hysteria is the webmasters' fault. Blaming Google for webmasters' fixation on the little green bar is just sad. If you don't like reading PR update threads, don't post on it :) If you read through the WMW thread, you'll eventually arrive at the rational conclusion: The toolbar is for users and increasing brand awareness, not for SEOs or webmasters. If you don't like seeing it, uninstall it. It's useful for SEO in some situations, but if you don't understand PageRank or how the toolbar can be used constructively, then ignore it. Finally, people, stop posting PR update threads and stop bumping it. Those threads are 20 times worse than WMW's DC Watcher threads.

Jaan Kanellis

08/14/2007 06:25 pm

I really wonder what is stopping Google from having an accurate number delivered daily/weekly/monthly. Resources? Infrastructure?

Richard

08/14/2007 08:02 pm

Sometimes every profession needs some sort of entertainment! Just realized that in the SEO world, pagerank excites more than SERP positions!

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