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How Did Google’s April 2010 PageRank Update Affect You?

Keller Hawthorne | April 6, 2010 | 27 Comments
Search Engine Optimization
How Did Google’s April 2010 PageRank Update Affect You?

Personally, I’m relieved we got a Google PR update as my blog finally got its PageRank back! As some of you know, Google gray barred my blog in February. This lasted until Friday, April 2nd. I started investigating the issue in March and decided to create an article series on the subject. If you haven’t read it yet, you can check out Part One here: The Mystery of the Missing PageRank – Part One

I’m also extremely pleased to see that my brand new website (Simply Fresh Themes), launched on March 16, 2010, was assigned a PageRank of 3! I believe I owe this increase to quality inbound links generated from people writing reviews about my themes. QUALITY inbound links can play an extremely important role in obtaining high PR and rankings.

Can You Anticipate Your PR Changes?

Technically, there is no way to ensure you gain PR as that is completely up to Google. But if you’ve updated your site often and consistently, earned quality inbound links and optimized your website properly, I believe you can expect to gain or maintain your Google PageRank. Just as if you’ve broken Google’s guidelines or completely ignored your website for months or years, you can expect to lose your PR.

Not Sure How to Obtain PageRank?

Check out the following post where I discuss how I obtain PR for my websites and how you can too! There’s no need to use dirty Black Hat techniques or sneaky methods – you can obtain PR quite simply by following Google’s guidelines and ensuring you offer quality content to your visitors.

How I Got Google PageRank within 3 Weeks of Launching My Website

Do You Keep Track of Your PR Changes?

Though there is quite a bit of debate these days as to whether Google PageRank still holds weight and authority in the world of search engine rankings, PR seems to still mean something to advertisers, guest bloggers, blog roll enthusiasts and others. Therefore, I continue to keep an eye on my PR, but how about you? Do you care whether you gain or lose PR? How do these changes affect your site?

Need Help With Your Keyword Research?

Keyword Research is the cornerstone of SEO. If you’re having trouble obtaining keyword rankings and PR, you may want to focus on learning which keywords you should be targeting. Fortunately, it’s not all that complicated. In fact, I’ve written a report that specifically talks about how to perform keyword research. The report is free for all of my newsletter subscribers. To learn more, check it out at Fresh Start for Your Online Business.

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