Blogging Google Pagerank
Steps I Did To Increase My PageRankFriday, March 27, 2009 Mary Anne Velasco
We often talk about Google PageRank [PR] and how it puzzles our brains. There are some blogs or websites who have been established for years and yet their PRs are low while there are some which are just some months old in the market and have already strong PR values.I am not a PR expert myself. I am a pharmacist and not a computer /SEO genius. However, since I have this little passion of learning about what's going on in my blog's blogosphere existence, I always try to make it a point to visit some forums and blogs which tackle about the so much talked about Google PageRank.
I have gone through so many PR forums and discussions, have discovered some possible ways on how to strengthen my PR and have applied some on my blog.
Here are the basic rules which I learned to uplift my blog's PR:
- Submit your site to Google, verify the ownership of your blog and ADD A SITEMAP
You want to get a Google PR? Add your site first! Most bloggers do the first two steps but no longer bother to do the last one. Adding a sitemap is very important as sitemaps are a way for Google to get information about your site. It also makes it easier for web crawlers to crawl yor site. After doing these three steps, Google is ready to index your site as well as to check for possible errors.
*** if you have a .blogspot.com blog, you do NOT need to submit your blog to Google and create a sitemap as Blogspot will do this automatically for you.
- Get your site indexed by other big search engines such as Yahoo and MSN
I suggest you add your blogs manually to make sure that your site will not be submitted twice. There are some who offer to help you submit your site in many search engines at once. You can also do this but make sure that they will NOT BE SUBMITTING YOUR SITE TWICE in the same search engine as it might be considered spamming. Some major search engines will block you from their lists if you are caught spamming.
- Take some time to list your blog in different directories and social networking sites
DMOZ list and Ask.com are considered to be one of the major ones so be sure that your blog's on their list. Networking sites such as Technorati, Digg, RedIt, Twitter and more can also help you increase your blog's exposure.
- Create a blogroll - Exchange links with other blogs
Google describes PR as "PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page's value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves "important" weigh more heavily and help to make other pages "important"."
This explains how the famous saying, "No man is an island" can be applied to blogging. The more blogs connected to your blog, the bigger your network, the better your PR. This is where link exchange comes into picture.
One catch - the higher the PR of those other blogs your blog is linked to, the stronger your PR. This is why some bloggers who have really high blog PageRanks no longer bother to exhange links with those with very low ones especially with blogs having zero PRs. There are even some blogs where you need to pay for a certain amount just to have your blog linked to it.
Perhaps you now understand why advertisers pay a certain amount to bloggers just to write about their products/websites. You can find advetisers which choose a blog with a certain PR level to be accepted to do the job. It's their right. Advertisers want to increase their PR as quick as possible that's why they want higher PRed blogs to link to. Which makes sense why the higher the PR of a blog is, the more jobs/opportunities it can receive from advertisers. Catch is, by paying you, the blogger, you don't get to be linked back to their sites as they will not [of course] write about you on their website. Simple - you link them, they don't link you back [you get paid instead].
I've read in some forums saying that if your blog contains so many paid reviews, your PR will go down in rank. This is just a hunch. It might be true and it might be not. Even computer/network/SEO geniuses claim that this is just a "maybe" as no one can actually crack perfectly the Google PageRank algorithm.
Two examples of a link exchange: On this blog's sidebar, you will find a BLOGROLL box and a BADGE EXCHANGE badge. These two are perfect examples of a link exchange. Those blogs who are in this blog's blogroll and badge exchange columns are linked here in my blog while my blog is also linked with theirs.
- Tagging which has been discussed earlier on this blog can also help in widening your network of links. You can read about it here: The Importance Of Tagging
- Join forums where you can freely discuss the contents of your blogs
Forums are places on the internet where you can meet so many people from all over the web. Start an interesting discussion regarding a post in your blog together with the link so readers can easily visit your blog and read about your post. If they get to like your blog, they might subscribe to it or even link your blog to theirs.
- Last but not the least, don't forget to LINK GOOGLE TO YOUR SITE
Yes, you want your site to be linked to google so you can strengthen the pagerank of your blog, right? Well, don't forget to resturn the favor. Google also wants to get their PR high just like us. So, if we want Google to notice us, we have to link Google to our sites. How? By incorporating Google services into your blog such as Google Friend Connect, Google search boxes, Adsense, Google News, Google Translate, etc. You do not need to place all this in your blog. But at least, be kind enough to add at least one to your blog. Remember, "No man is an island" and Google needs your support, too.
Reminder: Google updates PR every 3 to 6 months so always be ready for changes. It might go down or up depending on your link and Google's algorithm. This also means that when you succeed to do so many link exchanges, don't expect a PR change in just a matter of days. Google has its own schedule on when to update PageRanks. When? That remains a mystery. [My PR 3 almost went back to zero a couple of days ago. I panicked! Might have been a false alarm as my PR went back to 3 a few days later.]
Thank you for checking this post. Hope it helps!
Thank you for checking this post. Hope it helps!