Miscellaneous Ramblings – 10/27/2007

Google PageRank Algorithm Leaked

It seems everyone is still tied up in a knot over the recent Google PageRank update. Well, it seems a trusted source inside the Google headquarters has leaked part of the PageRank algorithm that Google used to to slapped a bunch of blogs this week. A big thanks to BlogStorm.com for the heads up on this one. Looking at the codes, things become a lot clearer.

$pos = strpos($spammers, $domain);
if ($pos === false) {
$newpagerank=rand(0, 10);
} else {
$newpagerank=rand(0, $pagerank);

Which New Look Do You Like?

The blog redesign craze that started when John Chow dot Com got a new look continues with new designs for eMonetized, BCM Blog and Tyler Cruz.

I like all three designs. I think Tyler’s theme is the most personalized because of that caricature . eMonetized has a very clean theme except those $100 bills take up quite a bit of space and makes the featured posts and recent entries hard to read. I’m not really sure if the big space showing just the bills should be there. Removing the space and moving the contents up would make it look cleaner and readers would still see the bills in the feature posts and recent entries field. BCM Blog is the most colorful because of the two big red space. Which theme do you like?

Michael Kwan Turns 25

I like to wish my work for food writer, Michael Kwan, a very happy birthday. Michael turns the big two-five today. Well, it was actually yesterday but his birthday party is today. There better be good food at that restaurant!

Hacking The MyBlogLog Avatars

Readers with sharp eyes may noticed that the MyBlogLog avatars on this blog no longer links to MyBlogLog. Instead, they link to the blogs of the commentators. I feel linking the avatars to the commentators’ blogs made more sense. It provides one more reward to the blog commentators.

Good Little Bloggers Don’t Get Rich

CashQuests has a post on why you should be evil if you want to make money online. And here I thought I was proof enough. You may also want to check out their post on why only losers try to make money online.

The Bad Timing Award

I wanted to link to Zac Johnson because he posted part 2 of his excellent series on PPC marketing. However, Zac’s blog is down right – it gives me a error connecting to the database. When Zac’s blog comes back, I recommend you head over there and check out the article.

Zombie In Plain English

With Halloween just a few days away, the possibility of being attack by a Zombie is greatly increased. This video should help you survive if you encounter a Zombie attack while trick or treating.

Source: Ed Lau

58 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Ramblings – 10/27/2007”

  1. worknplay says:

    happy birthday Kwan! John that is very nice that you putting the avatars of the commentators. This might be one more way for more people to visit the blog. Also post the good food pictures. they always look so good πŸ™‚

    1. Did he have a big birthday party?

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        Thanks for the birthday wishes. And no, it wasn’t a huge birthday party. Just dinner at a restaurant and then we went back to my buddy’s house for drinking, poker, and drunken poker. The rest of the night was a blur.

    1. Heh, I just made a post on my blog because I’ve been running less than 2 months and shot past John Chow for PageRank (I got 5) πŸ˜€

      Sadly I don’t have time to maintain it anymore, so if you want to buy the domain, John…. πŸ˜‰

  2. JCYL says:

    damn, i was just about to get the “sofa”! (only Chinese could understand this one) 😈

    1. πŸ˜• Pray explain?

  3. You invented custom blog designs? Quite an accomplishment…

  4. Matthew says:

    PR is changing again for a number of sites. Seems google realised a screw up somewhere by leaking that bad boy code πŸ˜‰

  5. Happy Birthday Michael Kwan! At 25 you are only half way to 50 so have plenty of fun for the next few years πŸ‘Ώ

    1. Bujes says:

      Happy birthday! I wish you plenty of fun, too.

  6. Yay Zac must have attempted to upgrade his WP, hope he fixes everything really soon.

    And yeah I LOVE Tyler’s header and the cartoon/logo it is so unique and clean, as for eMonetize and BCM it was not hard to figure who has designed it since the header loaded πŸ˜‰ after all, they all have beautiful new designs.

    1. Zac Johnson says:

      How terrible… the blog was down for super minimal downtime.. so it really was the “bad timing award”. Some server management techs were to blame for this one!

    2. Jason says:

      I think I like Tyler’s the best of the three new themes.

  7. igizmore says:

    todays one of the happiest day of my life , my blog’s 6 months old and i have the SAME PAGE RANK AS JOHN CHOW πŸ˜€ , i am totally lovin the new PR Algorithm 😈

    1. Bujes says:

      It is very easy to get PR4. You should be happy when you’ll EARN THE SAME AMOUNT AS JOHN CHOW. 😈

      1. Raymond says:

        Hey igizmore,

        My blog is almost 6 months and I got PR4 too. Love it! πŸ™‚

  8. Is it me or are all the Unique Blog Designed blogs, ummm, not unique!!! John’s looks a little different than the rest, but they are look very similar. The grayish headers, the same misaligned rows/columns, and the three column headers, it’s all the same!!

    I think I may be hating on Unique Blog Designs next.

  9. I liked when the avatars linked to MyBlogLog instead. That way I could add the people more easily.

  10. JoeTech.com says:

    Loved the new algorithm. I needed that laugh today.

  11. Yeah, I completely agree with the new algorithm, it seems like 20 of my blogs now have just random PageRank.

      1. Wayne Liew says:

        20 of my blogs

        He owns more than 20. ANALYSIS! πŸ˜†

  12. Roberta says:

    My blog is a year old and I got a PR5….I’m thrilled….hey John, need a link? 😈

  13. I wonder how many people think that code is actually serious…

    1. Talen says:

      Probably quite a few will find it serious and it will be on many blogs tomorrow πŸ˜†

      I do wonder though how far of the mark it is….you can bet the code they use probably has something in it for text link ads.

  14. krillz says:

    eeeh this “algorithm” you have looks very very fake. First of all why would it be written in php?

    Secondly, why does it create a new random pagerank? rand() is a function to generate a random integer.

    $newpagerank=rand(0, 10);
    } else {
    $newpagerank=rand(0, $pagerank);

    this in plain english would be.
    new pagerank = random number between 0 and 10.
    new pagerank = random number between 0 and your current one.

    So if a domain isn’t in that spammer list, you basically could get any given pagerank between 0 and 10.
    This just looks fishy, I strongly doubt that this is the algorithm, and instead some kid through together and fooled a bunch of people that it’s a part of the almighty algorithm.

    1. Blackysky says:

      This code is a joke … I think is pretty obvious 😈 😯
      don’t try to analyse something .. There is nothing to analyze πŸ˜•

    2. And the winner of the most obvious over-analyzed comment award is… you! :mrgreen:

    3. Mike says:

      Wow… you can’t be serious LOL

    4. Ashish Mohta says:

      Its fake Google does not use PHP on the first hand and They are assigning random PR is that guy out of his mind ? and assigning random pr to both…..lol thats the biggest joke i have ever heard.

    5. Wayne Liew says:

      Come on, you can’t be serious all the time… Chill! πŸ˜‰

  15. Tim says:

    Chow, you’re making a total fool of yourself. “Looking at the codes, things become a lot clearer”. :mrgreen:

    Krillz, so true.

  16. Blogs for Money is not even a year old and it got a Page Rank of 5. I think that quite good.

  17. robby's says:

    google maintenance my page rank

  18. mike says:


    I enjoy reading your blog; that tactics, strategies, and opportunities you present are great. I was a little disappointed that you linked to a blog like bcm…this post explains how to pirate content and profit from it:

    Everyone has different morals, true, but I’m hoping you’ll remain one of the “good guys”, and not help to support this kind of sketchiness…
    Still a loyal reader

  19. Karthik says:

    lol, I honestly can’t believe people take such digs seriously! The funniest incident I remember is that of Adsense Tracker starting the furore about PageRate – it was all over the WWW, now comes this!

    Guys, take a break – its just for fun!

  20. Very confused now. Do we take this seriously or not??

  21. Sheesh….some of your readers are awfully slow… apparently their train of thought has yet to dock at the station.
    The code was a joke people. πŸ™„

  22. i say john,please don’t get too emotional.we know that you are good..very good.pagerank is simply just secondary compared to the elusive one.Traffic! 😈

  23. ben says:

    Hmmm don’t know if that’s the algo..But this new algo, give my blog PR3 from PR 0 i only realize about it when my reader tell me that.

    at the same time my photography also get PR2 thou hardly to update that blog weird but Hmmmmmmm

  24. Wahlau.NET says:

    haha….I tot is [current PR] – 2

  25. Raymond says:

    Oh, the video is funny because they talk a lot of rubbish.

    It took away my stress. πŸ˜€

  26. Michael Woo says:

    I think that the algorithm is kinda cool πŸ™‚ provides an insight on how it works πŸ˜€

  27. The most enjoyable part of the post is the video. I am now well prepared for any zombie!

  28. Michael, happy birthday mister ReviewMe πŸ˜›

  29. Bujes says:

    I hope PR code is fake, because it is primitive. Google is too big to change algorithm just for few blogs.

  30. tonyinabox says:

    google sucks 😑

  31. I still think Googles PR is getting better and better…
    just backlinks from irrelevant sites should definitively not be a key factor to have a high PR.

  32. mariam says:

    If John had actually gotten realleaked code, he probably would have blogged/bragged about it.
    On second thought, tried to monetize it.
    He would not have inserted it in one of his ramblings.
    Sometimes I despair for humanity. πŸ™„

  33. Ivy says:

    I definitely prefer the eMonetized blog design. It looks more professional and engaging. The Tyler Cruz design was a little scary for me (I build corporate websites and am a huge neat layout freak) but I thought the caricature cool too. It would look great in the Subscribe to the blog box, just peeking out into the image of the money.

    PS. ❓ Why are only American dollars represented

  34. bloggernoob says:

    john just out of curiosity…i noticed that you still promote algoco. does it make you money? really?

    1. John Chow says:

      I’ll let you know when I get my first check.

  35. Dandruff says:

    How on earth does google know it’s a paid link or an unpaid link ??

  36. spanish seo says:

    PageRank must have an evolution in some way, Google knows that people is cheating the algorithm.

  37. Mike says:

    Man, my pagerank on my Japanese slang page(http://www.omoshiroieigo.com) used to be 4 and now its a 2…. I wonder why I got punished since I had no paid links on there… oh well…

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