Saying Goodbye To Blog Rankings

I love my blog 600

I made a decision today.  It’s mostly based around the time aspect, and more importantly, around how I feel about it.

For a few years, I’ve been a member, and taken part in some lovely blogging groups which have blog stats.  I didn’t really care where I sat in the stats, as the blog just does it’s own thing and Google is very good to me these days.

My blog went down (out of action) for a few days recently and although I’ve only dropped about 100 places in one ranking, the others are likely to tank in the next few weeks.  Yes, I know by next month, I’d be back where I was, but when I spotted the drop, I instantly began planning a couple of competitions etc to temporarily up the blog reader number.

Then I stopped myself.

To be part of a couple of the groups, I felt myself giving in to not posting many of the types of things that I would really like to, as it means that the blog was going down a more specific route than I really wanted it to, and becoming more niche than I’d like.  My blog isn’t a business, it’s a hobby, and I felt myself losing that.

Yes, I’ll lose offers from PRs that use the blog ranking places, but that’s not all bad either. Anyone who knows the blog can work out it’s level as an SEO value, and it should drop some of the spam enquiries, that some days, actually fill the blog e-mail address up so much that I can spend ages just wading through them all.

I plan to pop on my Google page rank, play with the blog and do some posts around the business that I have unexpectedly had returned after being rented out to someone for the last 12 years.  It’s going to be a busy time, and to keep up with it all, I can’t be distracted by where I sit in ranking stats.

I feel slightly liberated today without blog badges reporting my stats back to the ranking websites.  Yes, I know I will be bottom of the rankings pile by next month with no stats reporting back, but I will have my blog back the way I used to feel. There will undoubtedly be days I will regret removing them, but I don’t want to feel I can’t post things as it won’t fit into my niche.

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Comments

  1. says

    I commend you, I really do. I think I might be quite near to this point, I’m not sure they gain me anything to be honest apart from being annoyed when I fall. Bizarrely for the past two months I’ve blogged less and had less comments but have risen in the ranks. I don’t get it.

    Good for you.
    TheBoyandMe recently posted..365 #20My Profile

  2. says

    Funnily enough, I was just chatting about blog stats earlier. I still don’t understand how they work – the month I wrote loads, had loads of visitors and all the rest of it, I fell about 300 places. I’ve given up trying to understand how it works. People come, or they don’t come. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and read blogs in *ages* and tonight I’m having a lovely time reading through some of the favourites in my bookmarks list. And you’re in there, stats or not.
    Rachael Lucas recently posted..30k in 35My Profile

    • says

      I’m not missing looking for the stats at the moment and not feeling pressurised to blog, so that’s all good. It’s good when we get time to sit and catch up with people. I wish I had more time to do that really. Thanks for the comment, you’re on my list too :-)
      x
      Scottish Mum recently posted..Saying Goodbye To Blog RankingsMy Profile

  3. says

    A brave move and one I admire, popped over when this passed my twitter timeline out of interest, mainly because my Klout just fell and it worried me that I was bothered by it! Our business means my blog can’t come first, infact it comes after the family and the business, so why am I stressing that a stat has fallen cos the other parts of my life are taking priority? Best of luck in all you are doing,

  4. says

    I made the same decision very early on. I write for me, not for ratings or reviews. That’s all meaningless in the long term anyway. But I enjoy reading blogs and writing my blog. That’s what it’s about xxx
    mylittledreamworld1 recently posted..PrioritiesMy Profile

    • says

      Time to enjoy again. I didn’t realise stats had crept up on me over time. I got used to being in a good place, so when it fell, even though it wasn’t due to an actual fall in readers, I realised that I have learned to care more than I should.
      Scottish Mum recently posted..Saying Goodbye To Blog RankingsMy Profile

  5. says

    Good on you, you should run your blog in a way that makes you happy! :) I’m at the other end, trying to find ways to grow our readership and would be interested in finding out more about these blog groups – would you mind sharing some information? They may not be right for me/the site, and I may not want the pressure, but I’m interested in finding out more about my options at this stage. Thanks, and happy blogging! :)

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