Google PageRank Update Finally!

PR Updates!

PR Updates!

It’s been forever since I’ve seen a Google pagerank update. In fact i cant every remember there being this much time between updates. I haven’t noticed an update since April 2010 nearly a year ago. See old 2010 PageRank Updates

I was begining to wonder if Google had just shut down the PR program due to the linkspam problems. So I was a bit thrilled to find out that the updates finally processed. I had a few websites (I run 100+) that upgraded to PR 6, some to PR 5, some PR 4’s, and of course a few PR 1’s for those sites that I created on a whim and then lost interest in (I tend to do that fairly often). Also had a few sites loose a point or 2.

Without spamming the blog with your links, please tell us how you fared this update.

Adsense PIP January 2011

Adsense PIP

Adsense PIP Jan 2011

First Payment of 2011! Thanks webmasters for visiting our Adsense PIP (payment in progress) for the month of January 2011. The purpose of these monthly post is to track the payments made from Google Adsense, around the world to better help gauge when you yourself might get paid.

Be sure to bookmark this page, as you have most likely not been paid yet, If you had you would not be searching for this topic right? Then make a post telling us when your Adsense payment is in progress, where you are in the world, and maybe even another post once you get paid.

It’s fun to track the payments some regions tend to get paid first.

To check your payments login to adsense and visit
https://www.google.com/adsense/reports-payment

The Unlimited Bandwidth Myth

bandwidth myth

bandwidth myth

The Unlimited or Unmetered Bandwidth Myth is one that nearly every major shared hosting company employs to entice you to use their hosting service. I’ve had my “unlimited bandwidth” revoked on a few different sites by both HostMonster, and LunarPages. I’m sure some of you have had similar issues with other hosting companies.

So why is it a Myth?
Well it is and it isn’t. Bandwidth with these companies is unlimited assuming you don’t use to much. When you start requiring GB of data daily they start looking at your account, and trying to find other things wrong with your account. Most usually that other thing is CPU usage. The message you receive is usually something like this.

“Your user account was recently audited and found to be using more than the allowed percentage of cpu  usage. In order to provide reliable service to our customers  we have temporarily suspended your account until you resolve the issue. You may want to consider upgrading to one of our premium packages”

They then send you a list of all running processes.  Near extortion, heaven forbid you are on a vacation and don’t get the message for a week. By that time your website is deindexed, and your users are gone.

Bandwidth cost them money. Most host (including hostmonster) rent servers from other organizations. They pay bandwidth. If you use to much then they are loosing money on you as a customer. If they loose enough they threten to termenate your account unless you upgrade to a vps or dedicated server. I don’t think hostgator offers vps, i know lunarpages does.

So these larger packages cost anywhere from $50 a month to $1000 a month depending on what exactly you need.

So they suck you in with the low rate packages and if your site does well they press you to upgrade.

It’s a business model that seems to work. It’s being done across the web. I’m not complaining, I’m just trying to shed some light on the myth.

Hope this helps someone, we’d love to hear your input.

Photo from Bibi Saint-Pol Creative Commons

Web Analytics Upgrade

ipstat gets updates

ipstat gets updates

IPStat.com, a site that has offered free web site analytics since 1998, has recently upgraded their user reports page to include some pretty cool looking flash charting.

IPStat.com Web Analytics

This site has always been great for tracking data like “keywords”, “site referrals”, monthly views, bounce rate, page views, and unique views.  It’s recently modified flash graphing loads faster and is very pleasing to the eye. They should have done this sooner.

If you think Google already knows to much about you and your website, then maybe you want to try IPStat instead. It’s free, and just takes seconds to create and account, and get the code integrated.

At the very least you can use this project to monitor small to medium size sites. If you’re already a user (some 60,000 sites currently are), then you may want to login and check out the new updates if you’ve not done so already.

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