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Pagerank has been the measuring factor for a website for many years.
These days pagerank is not that important anymore.
People still count heavily on it because Google hasn’t officially removed PR as a measuring tool or announced anything whether it’s going to be removed.
Google did have a plan back in 2005 with Agent Rank, now commonly known as Author Rank which measures the rank of individual authors based on some social signals and some other factors.
Google usually updates pagerank every 3-4 months.
The last update was back in February. Some people are eagerly waiting for the pagerank update because they believe that it’s a way to rank higher on the search engines.
If Google has finally decided to scrap pagerank, then there will be a lot of changes in the blog commenting scenario.
Number of Comments will get reduced
The reason that high PR blogs get so much comments is because people want some of that backlink juice especially with dofollow links.
Link juice passing is the most easiest way to get some pagerank for the internal pages of your blog or your home page.
If PR is suddenly scrapped, some people who comments only for backlinks are surely going to stop.
Without PR update, they would lose their motivation and chances are that even some of the big sites may experience a lower level of interaction on posts.
Effects on CommentLuv Blogs
CommentLuv is a popular commenting plugin for most bloggers. It shows the link to the latest article of your blog which means if you comment on such blogs it gets you two backlinks – one to the homepage and one to your internal page.
That’s the reason it is so popular.
Also the blog owner has the power to choose who to give dofollow links.
Getting multiple dofollow links to multiple internal pages from a high PR blog is every blogger’s strategy.
So far, this has worked for most bloggers out there.
If PR is scrapped, bloggers would have to find a new way to rank higher in the search engines.
Some high PR blogs do use CommentLuv for larger interactions, and they could see some drop in comments if PR is suddenly scrapped.
SEO with Comments
If you didn’t know, comments do help with SEO.
The reason why we sometimes update old posts is because it’s good for SEO.
When you update an old post and gets re-crawled by the search engines then the post sometimes moves higher up in the search engines.
Commenting works exactly in the same way.
When you get comments on an older post, the post as a whole gets updated which is good for SEO.
Lower interaction also means lesser number of comments which can affect the SEO of your posts.
Nobody likes spam comments but they’re still part of the blog commenting scenario.
Without PR update, spam comments would surely get reduced. They are mostly targeted and intended for backlinks and pagerank juice.
There are lots of plugins like Akismet or GASP and CDNs like Cloudflare and Incapsula out there that can stop spam comments for good, but no PR update would surely beat everyone of them.
Topic Discussion through Commenting
Commenting is a great way to discuss about topics like blogging tips, seo, online marketing and making money online and some other stuffs.
Most people do like to engage using comments because they are useful for getting tips and get some of the backlinks as well.
Discussion could take a backseat as well.
Most people carry on with discussion on high PR blogs in the hopes of achieving some of the page rank juice. No PR update could also mean lesser number of topic discussions on your blog posts.
Whether Google will update PR or scrap it totally is still a mystery.
Google hasn’t announced anything officially and people are still waiting for the PR update especially webmasters and SEO analysts because it is one of the factors for ranking higher in the search engines among 200 other factors.
Google usually updates PR every 3-4 months and it has only been 4 months.
For those new bloggers who have just started their blogging journey, there is still hope.
If Google removes PR as a ranking factor, then you just have to suck it up and stay with PR 0 and find new ways to rank higher because it is getting more and more difficult these days.