Do you know there are people on the internet that make more than you and they aren’t actually producing anything? Sadly it’s true. How can this be possible? Making a Living off Google Pagerank.
Google Pagerank is effectively how well your website ranks on a given keywords and/or searches,and the better your rank is the more traffic and potential revenue you are likely to generate. Google calculates your pagerank based on a very advance scoring system. One of the best ways to “score points” and gain page rank with Google is to have backlinks. When a website links to another website, it effectively marks the website as being more relevant. For instances, the other day when writing about small housing living, I linked “the tiny house blog.” By linking to this site, I have effectively told Google that this site is “the real deal” and legit.
The amount of voting power I have is based off my site’s Pagerank (Scale 1 through 10). This voting power then effectively has value to people who want their website to be viewed as “the real deal.” So what do web admin professional do? They setup hundreds or even thousands of websites and try to establish Pagerank to sell. You might think this sounds fairly legit, but it rarely is.
Most of these web admins steal their content for their websites or use generators to take existing content and rework it. In fact there are programs out there that can completely rework and reword an existing article to make it unique content within seconds. Luckily my grammar and punctuation is so bad, I think those reworking programs would probably fail on my articles. Heck there are even free web based versions of these rewriters online.
Don’t feel like being the guy ripping off people’s content? Well then buy “unique” content from someone else. There are various forums where you can buy databases of articles for literally pennies. On these forums you will see things like “100 unique articles about personal finance for $12.” Newflash: those are not unique articles.
Suppose that you do find these “unique article” by the barrel full, you can now generate 100’s of websites and wait for a re-ranking from Google. Google re-ranks Pagerank about once a quarter. The question then becomes how much is a Pagerank 1,2,3, etc. website’s backlinks worth? This is a question that is hard to answer, but I would say a Pagerank 2 should be able to generate at least $80 a month. You have 100 of these sites running, you are looking at a cool $8,000 a month or $96,000 a year.
I have talked to two individuals who are building their empire now on backlinks and many of them do not see anything wrong with buying cheap “unique” content and establishing these websites. Most will also go on to tell you how hard maintaining that many websites can be, but frankly I don’t care. These people are generating nothing of value and some are making a good living off these websites.
To make it worse, some of these people preset their websites with hoppers of content to be published. They take a database of 100 articles and have them publish once every 4 days. This means they can buy a domain and $20 worth of “unique” articles, and put their site on autopilot for well over a year.
I thought about posting some examples of these websites, but I don’t want to give these sites backlinks! I also want to make it clear that I know there are some of these web admins that try to do this and fail miserably, but there is a good amount of people who are succeeding. You would also be surprised to see how well some of these people are at hiding the fact that the website’s content is not unique, websites you wouldn’t imagine.
Thinking about launching a career in web admin and website owning? Just be warned it is a dangerous game. Google can discover what you are doing and assess penalties against your websites. Imagine have an empire of 100 successful websites generate $8,000 a month and then waking up one day to find out 90 of your 100 websites are now pagerank 0 and your income just went down 90%.
It’s a crazy world out there and the internet is definitely the wild west when it comes to making money and its amazing to think people are making a living off Google Pagerank.