I think Text Link Ads are bringing me down. My living in London site is, I think, a damn good site and it’s never creeped off of PR0. My backpacking site has been in steady decline dropping from a PR4 to a PR2 over the past several months and now my working holiday site has been knocked from PR4 down to PR0. Text Link Ads have been on both of those sites for a long time and I’m guessing the PR drop has something to do with TLA.
TLA aren’t really even contributing much to my monthly earnings these days anyways. They started at about $140 and each month that’s dropped a little at a time. Well this month has seen a huge drop and I’m only likely to earn $60 if I’m lucky. It’s not really the number of links that is dropping, it’s the price paid per link. This probably has a lot to do with my spiraling PR.
So I’ve started to question whether $60 a month is worth having to accept the possible negative things associated with Text Link Ads. We know Google isn’t a fan of link sales and TLA make it pretty easy for the big G to see that you’re selling links. I haven’t been effected in the search engine results at all. My London site and working holiday sites both rank at number one for their search terms which makes things even more confusing.
My London site gets a lot of traffic, it ranks well in the SERPS, ithas loads of original content and I know that it deserves a PR of above zero so I’m going to take Text Links Ads off of that site starting in November and see if there’s any jump in the site’s PR. If there is you can bet I’ll be giving Text Link Ads the heave-ho on all my sites.
I’ll let you know what happens. Come on PR!