Another Page Rank Slap Down from Google 2

Yup, ourĀ amigosĀ at Google have decided that The Canadian Personal Finance Blog is contravening their rules, and thus it has been slapped back down to Page Rank 0 (Zero), and all of the entailing crap that goes with that.

What caused this BCM? I have no frigging idea, but I at least did get a nice note from them telling me of this fact (and I quote):

Dear site owner or webmaster of,

We’ve detected that some of your site’s pages may be using techniques that are outside Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.

Specifically, look for possibly artificial or unnatural links on your site pointing to other sites that could be intended to manipulate PageRank. Examples of unnatural linking could include selling links to pass PageRank or participating in link schemes.

We encourage you to make changes to your site so that it meets our quality guidelines. Once you’ve made these changes, please submit your site for reconsideration in Google’s search results.
If you have any questions about how to resolve this issue, please see our Webmaster Help Forum for support.

Artificial or unnatural linking? Anyone knows what that actually might mean? Selling links? OK I have one paid for link on my page, and I used Text-Link-Ads, so guilty there, but not sure what link schemes I am using (I don’t actually have that many folks that have linked to my site lately).

Oh well, I have looked around and will try to clean up some of my links, and I have asked for an appeal on this, but I am not overly confident this will happen in the next little while. For the longest time I was at ZERO and then I jumped back to PR: 5, but now I am back where I started from. Life is never dull when you run a Financial Blog.

How Do I Know Social Media is Working? 6

That is an excellent question that I asked myself and then scribbled down on a piece of paper, which I finally have gone and looked at.

The best tool that I have access to this type of data is Google Analytics (which is now hooked in with my Adsense account). Google Analytics gives lots of interesting info about your site and my only problem is that I don’t reference it enough to figure out whether changes I am making or things I am trying are actually adding readership or not.

The actual data is as follows:

November Report

So what do we learn from this and all the work I have been doing with Social Media?

  • Google seems to be giving me the most traffic right now, but I am not sure what Organic means? I assume it might mean searches, but you never know.
  • The Canadian Capitalist is my second biggest referral site, which is also not surprising, given the readership numbers that site has.
  • Stumbleupon is driving a lot of traffic to my site, but I had noticed that before, so no big surprise there, but nice to see as well.
  • The big surprise was that Reddit was a big referral site. Everything I post there gets lost very quick, and inundated with negative comments and rarely has a score above 5, yet it supplies a lot of readers as well, so that is something to think about.
  • All the other social media sites create not much interest really.

I now need to ask, am I doing this whole social media thing right? Maybe not, but I have had 1 or 2 posts go “viral” (for me) and get a lot of hits, due to them being well exposed, so maybe that is how it all works?

I am open to any ideas, or theories on this from any of my readers.

Numbers OK, but… 2

So I have started looking at the Yakezie challenge a lot closer and there does seem to be some merits in participating in that group, as well as the other group I have of fellow bloggers.

The numbers seem to be doing OK, although my number of RSS readers has stalled and actually seems to be dropping. My Alexa ranking is now well below 200K which was the initial goal, however, my Compete numbers continue to stink and don’t look to be getting any better any time in the near future.

A few interesting tid bits I have learned or seen this week:

  • You shouldn’t post your own content to StumbleUpon, or you might end up being banned. I hadn’t known that and was merrily posting everything there, so I have stopped doing that.
  • is an interesting idea, but there seems to be a lot of bugs in retrieving articles from Digg, and you end up with empty articles you are allegedly reviewing.
  • I have created a Facebook ID Theo B. CajunMan, since they wouldn’t let me go with TheBig Cajunman, oh well, I am running a lot of content through there, and luckily HootSuite has an ability to post in a timed fashion on FaceBook as well.
  • The biggest post of the week was That is One Big Mortgage about the fact that Canadian now owe more than a Trillion Dollars in Mortgage debt. Written as an afterthought, but lots of folks picked it up, so it has been stuffed into many different Carnivals as well.
  • Found an AutoTwitterLetter creation engine, so it pukes one out for me every day around 8:00 PM, not even sure what criteria it uses, and it doesn’t make me any money, so is it worth it?
  • Found an interesting way to promote the site on Twitter, every Sunday I put out a list of links to my articles for the week, and it increases my ReTweet numbers too (yes that’s a little stinky, but all is fair).

Slowing down a little in the Social Media Blitz, but attempting to make more specific work directly with other bloggers attempting to create Buzz in different ways. Might look into my HubPages page too and see if it is worth keeping up or not.

Analytics is now not reporting anything?

That is interesting, because the Adsense reports show lots of nice activity on my web site, yet Google Analytics report ZERO visitors, which seems really strange. I must have knocked something off the apple cart, and analytics has lost me or something. It does say it is receiving data, which is good, but there is no data, so that is bad, I seem to have deleted the Urchin code, so I think I have fixed this, but we shall see.

I’ll see if I can find a blogger version of the WordPress: By Me A Beer plug in, I like that one, it’s kind of funny too.

Google Analytics Changes

Yes, the boys and girls and Google are working hard to keep us bloggers looking at more data to try to figure out why we work for Slave Wages, but Google Analytics has a new Beta version out that consolidates data nicely, thank you. I will poke around and see whether this helps me understand why my postings still don’t seem to be be making it onto the Google search engine (look up Lu Lu Lemon, and you find a posting I made, that has been scraped off by another site, but not the original posting?).

I have taken to cross posting a lot of stuff in my own articles, to catch the scrapers and RSS thieves, so that at least I get links back to the original work, I am not too happy about this, and may start a campaign against these kind of intellectual property thieves!

Traffic Back Up 2

Yes, after submitting to a few carnivals my article and Zen and the Art of Financial Planning I seem to have picked up my traffic again, which is good and my RSS subscription rate is back at about 50. I really need to push forward to get that closer to 100 and get the traffic closer to 1000, than to 500 reads a day. Need more ideas to see if I can increase readership, that is for sure.

I seem to have a thriving, “walk up” business, in that people simply have me bookmark’ed or something because I get over 100 direct hits, with no referal in my Google Analytics stats, so that is kind of cool, that folks go, “Hey let’s go see what he’s babbling about today”.

More money making bits added to all of the blogs, but still not a large amount of cash rolling in, but I am hopeful, after all it is Holy Week.