Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Not much planned for me. I plan on catching up around my house and running lots of errands. I also am going to Oktoberfest! WOOHOO!
Today I decided to add some blog tips and info to my usual weekly roundup post. I noticed that a lot of bloggers this week (mainly beauty and lifestyle bloggers) have been asking a lot of questions about Page Rank.
Now, I realize that I don’t have the highest page rank, but these are things that I am now just starting to do since I want to make my blog a little more professional (instead of just winging everything).
There are a couple of websites to use to check your Page Rank. Check it! What is your page rank? Have you ever thought about page rank? Is my post the first time you’ve ever heard of it?
Page Rank is how Google can measure your website. There is a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. It gets increasingly harder for each increase in number.
An increase from 1 to 2 is not the same as an increase from 4 to 5.
This means that moving to a PR6 from a PR5 is MUCH harder than moving from a PR0 to a PR1.
It is calculated in many different ways, but mainly by looking at the number of links on your site, which include: backlinks, inbound links, outbound links, nofollow and dofollow links.
Google updates your page rank every couple of months. There is no set schedule known though.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
1. Make sure the quality of your writing is high. Writing in a niche and/or having great blog posts that people want to share is a great start!
2. Guest post on other blogs. This takes more time than other strategies, but I do believe that it is a good strategy to use. You can get good backlinks, and hopefully gain some readers.
3. Make sure your comments are NoFollow. Most commenting systems are NoFollow, but I would double check just in case. If your commenting system is a DoFollow, then you will probably get spammed a lot. By making your comments NoFollow, you can avoid being put on a spam list and also preserve your Page Rank.
4. Submit your site to blog carnivals and other directories. I’m sure you’ve noticed some of these posts on my blog (such as here) and some of you might have no idea about why I post these. Submitting your blog to directories and carnivals is a good way to get . I just started doing these more often.
However, some say that submitting your posts and links to these directories do not work as well. What’s your opinion or knowledge on this? I’d like to know!
5. QUALITY QUALITY QUALITY. A higher quality link from a high quality site is better than having a lot of lower quality links to your site.
Have you been trying to increase your Page Rank? Any tips?
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I would love to actively increase my page rank but unfortunately google changes too much. Instead I just do the best I can do on my blog and hope google notices 🙂
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Yeah same here. I really don't do anything different or forced.
Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence says
Thanks for the tips, I think they will help improve your PR but also Alexa, Mozrank… I have read somewhere that DoFollow were a nice way to say thanks to your readers coming over to comment. If you actively remove the spam (I use Akismet and the spam check box so only have one spam a week or so that goes through both), do you think you are still hurting your site by making your links DoFollow? have a good weekend!
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Yes I agree, they definitely will. And yes I heard that as well. I have a TON of spam that goes though and I use Akismet also (I probably wake up to around 100 spam comments that need to be moderated.
I am not sure about your question, hopefully someone will answer 🙂
Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence says
You should install a spam box plugin, like the one that says "tick here to check you're not a spammer" to reduce automatic spam. You still have the manual ones to moderate, but much less!
Honestly, I have no idea how I rank, nor do I worry about it. I write for me, and know that if I started stressing out about page ranks & everything else I woudn't enjoy blogging as much. It's nice to have a popular blog but in the end, it's not a huge priority for me.
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🙂 Love your blog as always.
Me too. I just post things that I think are helpful and let the chips fall where they may.
Great tips! I was sort of trying to increase my page rank but since I've decided to start a brand new blog, I'm not going to worry about it too much until I get my new site set up.
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Excited to see your new site!
Good tips Michelle. I was surprised when mine jumped from 0 to 2 after 4 months! I've heard wordpress helps but I'm not sure why. Have a great weekend!
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I hope WordPress helps since i just switched 🙂
Thanks for the tips, just bookmarked it in my bloghelp 🙂
Haha! Loving the pins this week. Love the tips, too. I don't really have any other advice to add. When I submit to carnivals I don't really see a huge increase in traffic, honestly. But I have no idea how it effects my PR.
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Lisa @ cents to save says
Great tips for bringing my page rank back up. It was a three but as of now it is a big fat zero.
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Aww that stinks that it dropped!
Pretty great tips. I think I'll try the guest posting more. For me, probably creating interesting and unique content is the most important. Can't wait until I get to PR3. Hmm, I wonder if writing a post about Googe page rank will help to increase your page rank ಥ‿ಥ
Haha I would help that it would help, I didn't even think about that.
Hi~ How do we check the rank? Where can i check it?
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If you google it, then there are several sites that should pop up.
I have never submitted to any carnivals yet but I do guest post at least once per month. I don't really know what helps and I don't know if the Google Gods know themselves. I just do what I do but I have noticed a huge increase in Google Search Traffic. especially when my site went under 100,000k in Alexa but not sure if there is a connection… lovin that!
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I need to guest post more, I hardly ever do them.
Right now I'm still just trying to post on a regular schedule and do guest posts when I can. I guess if it was meant to be, it will happen with rankings. Would be nice to know the secrets though. Thanks for the mention.
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It would be nice to know all of the secrets. Hopefully I can do an update to this post.
My Money Design says
As much as I've tried to find a way to game the system, all my efforts really just boil down to the advice you have here. Google is fickle and they change their ways too much for anyone to know what is really going on. While I'd love to believe I have made all the right moves and will get a PR 10 next time around, the truth is that I have no idea what I'm going to get in the next Google PR round.
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Jennifer Lynn says
I moved from a rank 0 to PR 2 fairly quickly. Let's see how long it takes to move on up the ladder to PR 3! Thanks for the introductory guide, Michelle. I would love to know more about how carnivals affect G's watchful algorithms.
Nick @ AYoungPro.com says
I'm probably too new to worry about Pagerank, but thanks for the info anyway! I will definitely work an the above tips while I try to build my new blog.
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I'm curious where you find these directories? Thanks!
You can find them in numerous places. I only use Blogger Carnivals right now though.
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Just ran across your blog – great job! Wow- you’ve done awesome work building up your income so quickly. I appreciate financial info and the blog income resources. I look forward to seeing your progress. Thanks!
And old post but still got information for those of us new to blogging. Thanks for the helpful information!