This past week was marked by a sudden stomach bug, and slow recovery. While I was bedridden, Google's 72 data centers were updating their Page Rankings across the web. By Monday evening, the dust had settled, and I was thrilled to see my blog's front page capture a PR 4. While I've been focusing on getting new readers from search engine hits, I had no inkling as to how well Google's algorithm was going to treat me after just three months. I owe special thanks to everyone who has linked to me and left comments thus far. I look forward to reading the comments each day, and I know they get quite a lot of hits from other readers as well.
As a result of the updated Page Rank, my blog qualified for Review Me. Based on a variety of metrics, I set my price at $62. I intend to clearly disclose any future sponsored posts within the first few sentences so readers can choose whether or not to read the whole thing. Personally, I am thrilled to have been accepted into this new marketplace, as diversifying my income streams via the web will allow me to make money online while I am traveling around the world!
On the down side, with all my attention focused on the blog, and WordPress as a content management system, I completely stopped updating the rest of my domain. As a result, Gobackpacking.com fell from a PR 5 to a PR 4. I think this was the result of changes to Google's calculations, as I had a PR 5 after coming off a five year hiatus from working on my website. I am going to try and recapture a PR 5 through the blog this next go around.
Lastly, I caught my first DC United game of the year (vs. NE Revolution). As often happens, we sat next to a bunch of English guys. They were having a great time, having moved to Washington, DC five days ago, for the next two years, as part of their work. DC earned their first point in the '07 season with a 1-1 tie. Hopefully they'll pull out their first win this Sunday.