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

Keller Hawthorne | May 29, 2009 | 188 Comments
Search Engine Optimization
How I Got Google PageRank within 3 Weeks of Launching My Website

That’s right; just three weeks after launching my new blog, Google assigned a PageRank™ of 3 to my home page!

Let me start by saying there is no definitive guide to gaining PageRank™ or high search engine rankings – no matter what you hear. Why? Because search engines are CONSTANTLY CHANGING the algorithms (or formulas) by which they rank sites. They do this to level the playing field. No one can monopolize search engine rankings since the rules are always changing.

That being said, there are several clear cut ways to HELP your website gain PageRank™ and high search rankings. Let’s start off by first familiarizing you with the concept of PageRank™. Following are general guidelines retrieved from Google’s Help Center:

Introduction:

Google runs on a unique combination of advanced hardware and software. The speed you experience can be attributed in part to the efficiency of our search algorithm and partly to the thousands of low cost PC’s we’ve networked together to create a superfast search engine.

The heart of our software is PageRank™, a system for ranking web pages developed by our founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University. And while we have dozens of engineers working to improve every aspect of Google on a daily basis, PageRank™ continues to play a central role in many of our web search tools.

PageRank™ Explained:

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 considerably more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; for example, 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.” Using these and other factors, Google provides its views on pages’ relative importance.

Of course, important pages mean nothing to you if they don’t match your query. So, Google combines PageRank™ with sophisticated text-matching techniques to find pages that are both important and relevant to your search. Google goes far beyond the number of times a term appears on a page and examines dozens of aspects of the page’s content (and the content of the pages linking to it) to determine if it’s a good match for your query.

Integrity:

Google’s complex automated methods make human tampering with our search results extremely difficult. And though we may run relevant ads above and next to our results, Google does not sell placement within the results themselves (i.e., no one can buy a particular or higher placement). A Google search provides an easy and effective way to find high-quality websites that contain information relevant to your search.

Vague huh? It’s meant to be that way. Google will not share explicit details on how to achieve PageRank™ in order to maintain the integrity of its search results. While this can be EXTREMELY ANNOYING to us Internet marketers, this is the very thing that makes Google the most popular search engine – its search results are RELEVANT to the search terms used.

Why Are PageRank™ and High Search Results Important?

Search engines like Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and Ask are gold mines when it comes to marketing your company online. They are absolutely free – they don’t charge you a dime for organic rankings (you are ranked by your site’s relevant keywords) – and consumers know and trust them. In fact, approximately 80% of online sales are produced from a consumer finding goods through a search engine. Of course, just being listed doesn’t mean you will get any attention. It won’t help you if your website shows up as number 100 for a search result. You want to get listed on the front page and preferably the number one spot of that page. In order to do this, you have to conduct SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

What We Already Know About SEO

If you have experience in optimizing (SEO) websites, you know the basics to achieving high search rankings and PageRank™. But, just in case, let’s outline them now:

1. On-Page Optimization

On-Page Optimization involves what keywords you have placed in your website’s meta tags, domain name, and content. For example, the more often I use the term “replica designer handbag” in my site’s content, the more Google will be convinced that my page is relevant to that search term. And the more convinced Google becomes, the higher my ranking will be in its search results.

2. Off-Page Optimization

Off-Page Optimization involves how many other web pages (yours and others) are linking (connecting) to your page, what keywords are found in that link, and what the web page that contains the link is about.

3. PageRank™

Google bases PageRank™ on several factors. The factor most often tied to PageRank™ is Off-Page Optimization (links). However, from my experience, links aren’t the only way to obtain high PageRank™ quickly.

My “Super-Duper” Special Formula for Obtaining PageRank™

1. I Never Waste Time on Link Exchanges

In my first year running an online business, I spent hours requesting link exchanges from website owners. I was told this was a great and easy way to gain high search engine rankings. The process was slooooooow and the results were minor.

By many webmasters, link exchanges are still considered a fundamental aspect of optimizing a website. I DON’T agree. Here’s why:

Link exchanges are only valuable if:

  • The website that’s linking to you is relevant to your website
  • The web page that’s linking to you has PageRank™
  • The link contains your keywords
  • You obtain A LOT of inbound links
  • The web page the link is located on DOESN’T have a million other links on it
Tip!ANY time you link to another website, you give your visitors an opportunity to LEAVE your site. If you can make money from them leaving your site (i.e. Adsense, affiliate links, etc) then this is fine. Otherwise, you’re potentially losing customers. Only link outside of your website when it provides value to your visitors or your website. Also, make all outbound links open in a different window so your visitors never actually leave your site.

2. I Obtain Quality Inbound Links

Inbound Links ARE IMPORTANT. Every time a web page links to one of your web pages, it essentially casts a popularity vote for your site. It also shares its PageRank™ with you (which is why a million other links on the same page saturates the value of your link). But, spending hours conducting link exchanges provides very little reward. Just one link from a truly relevant website with high PageRank™ is a million times more valuable than one thousands links from irrelevant websites with low PageRank™.

Tip!An example of a quality link I’ve obtained is my free membership with Flokka. Flokka is a website devoted to female bloggers. By joining, I was able to create a profile for myself that contains links to my website. Their website is relevant to mine and has quality content, hence creating quality inbound links.

In terms of generating traffic for your site, spend your time creating relationships with other websites, leaving valuable comments on blogs and forums and paying for good advertising on relevant and popular websites. And if a website requests a link exchange from you, consider their relevancy and quality of content when choosing to accept.

Also, make sure you optimize your “Internal Links” (links on your website that lead to other pages of your website – i.e. your navigation links). Use your keywords within these links (when relevant). If you have a blog, link to your posts within other posts.

Tip!Please note, it is against Google’s guidelines to buy or sell links that pass along PageRank. All inbound links you work to earn should be created because of their quality and relevance to your own site, not because of their PR. You can learn more about this guideline here: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=66736

3. I Perform On-Page Optimization

You need to perform On-Page Optimization!!! Your Meta Tags (title, description, keywords) and content need to be maintained and updated when necessary. Your Title Tags, Meta Descriptions and Meta Keywords are all places where you get to describe your website to search engines and insert your relevant keywords.

I ensure I sprinkle my relevant keywords into my website’s content. Search engines look for these when determining what your website is all about. Don’t “Keyword Stuff” (list your keywords over and over again). Use them naturally as if you’re talking to someone. A good example of this is in the top of my sidebar where I introduce myself to you.

Keywords Used In My Welcome Message

Keywords Used In My Welcome Message

4. I Use WordPress

Ok, WordPress itself does not actually help with PageRank, but Google does seem to LOVE blogs! Even though I launched my Internet Business Blog on May 8th, 2009, Google was made aware of its presence the day I set up my WordPress due to ping notifications, etc. Search engines want to provide their users with FRESH, UPDATED, and QUALITY content. These three characteristics are exactly what blogs are meant to provide.

Whether you own an ecommerce, services, or information website, WordPress offers you an easy way to set up a company blog that the search engines will eat up! For more information on how to set up a WordPress website, check out my article titled “Part 1: Calling ALL Young Entrepreneurs – Your Internet Business is Waiting!

5. I Update My Content Often and Consistently (MOST IMPORTANT)

Content is what search engines look at – not flash or images or cool website layouts. They only care about the content of your site. By updating your content AT LEAST once a week (preferably everyday) you entice search engines to visit your site regularly and grab new content you’ve provided. They can then provide your FRESH, UPDATED and QUALITY content to their customers (search engine users).

Do you see the connection here? If a search engine’s main goal is to provide quality and fresh content to its users, it will search for websites that provide just that. If you haven’t updated your website in a year, you train search engines to only visit your site once a year, because that’s when they expect new content from you.

Google is currently visiting my Internet Business Blog once every two days. In time, it may visit daily IF I stay consistent in updating my content daily.

Tip!Fresh, updated and quality content is by far what I consider the single most effective way to obtain high PR and rankings.

Which Step Above Has Worked the Most?

Updating my content often and consistently is what I believe I owe my PageRank™ to the most. Here’s why:

1. I don’t perform link exchanges. It wouldn’t hurt me if I did (well, it would take time from me), but it hasn’t helped since I don’t utilize that method.

2. Since my site is new, I don’t have a lot of quality inbound links yet that Google has found important. See for yourself: Visit this link to see how many websites Google sees/values linking to me: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&q=link%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.fresheventure.com%2F (Most of the links are from my own web pages)

3. My On-Page Optimization efforts are important, but these alone will not shoot my website to the top of search results. They are powerful, but not that powerful.

4. WordPress took care of notifying Google of my online presence for me. And, Google seems to have a strong love affair with blogs, but any blog that hasn’t been updated in a while (even a WordPress blog) won’t achieve high rankings. The mere presence of your blog does not score you major points with search engines (maybe minor points though).

5. I update my content AT LEAST once every couple days. I’m going to repeat that; I update my content AT LEAST once every couple days. Whether I add an article, revise the verbiage in my sidebar, or change which posts are displayed on my home page, I am constantly updating my content. This means I am constantly enticing Google. I’ve formed a relationship with Google. It expects quality and fresh content from me every week and I hope for PageRank™ and high search results in return.

Where Do I Go from Here?

Since the rules are always changing, my PageRank™ and existing search rankings ARE NOT SECURE. I could lose them all in a month if I stop performing my SEO (Search Engine Optimization) “chores.” I’m thrilled I gained PageRank™ so quickly and I’m excited to continue optimizing and updating. But, the work isn’t done. I need higher PageRank™ and more high search rankings in the future to achieve the success I’m after.

It’s a process. It can take time. It can be tedious. And it’s SO WORTH IT!

Tip!To find out what your PageRank™ is, download Google’s free Browser Toolbar. I use Wordtracker to find my relevant keywords and WebCEO to analyze my websites search engine rankings.

What Are Your Thoughts on PageRank™ and Google?

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  • http://webboti.com/ Webbots

    Hi Keller,

    thanks for this great article. :-)
    I did know most of the things outlined. That you can achieve such a great PR in such a short timeframe with almost only on Page Optimization was a little surprising but is indeed very motivating. :-)

    cheers

  • http://www.beyond-karma.com/ Kaushik

    found your site through studiopress

    I have a pagerank of #3 after two weeks of going on line. I can't take any credit; I'm not sure what the number really even means. I don't pay much attention to SEO; the whole thing is hyped up. Google will not fail at its primary job, which is match search terms with excellent content. I stay focused on producing excellent content. Other stuff like wordpress, clean themes, all-in-one-seo, true keywords…covers it. Commenting on other sites, blogcarnivals, forums…can bring in backlinks.

    My next step is to go BIG. I haven't figured out how to yet, but I know the critical element is to remain true and simple–this builds trust and integrity.

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  • http://www.greatgardeninggifts.com/ Jill

    Great info, Keller. I'm going back to review my on-site optimization. Next I need to focus on in-bound links! Really appreciate your practical tips for understanding and maximizing our Google rank.

  • http://ecommercelib.blogspot.com/ Emad | eCommerceLib

    Hi Keller,
    I have a pagerank of #1 after three weeks of going on line.
    I found your tips great and useful, and I think I concentrate on the on Page Optimization more than other

    Thanks, Emad

  • http://www.gothunts.com/ Cory Glauner

    Great article. I have a question for you. Does leaving a comment with your website count as an incoming link?

  • http://www.gothunts.com/ Cory Glauner

    Not sure if that made sense. I'll try again. I leave comments on other sites quite often. I always fill in the website section of the form. Will search engines count those comment links pointing to my site?

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    Thanks Webbots!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    Thanks for your input Kaushik!

    SEO may be hyped up, but at its core is still a very strong and necessary activity to perform for websites. It's unfortunate that there is so much garbage and hype about it online.

    SEO is not meant to replace good content – it's meant to support it. You're headed in the right direction by making great content your number one priority!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    Thanks Jill!

    For inbound links, focus on commenting on blogs and forums, writing guest posts/articles, article marketing and some select paid advertising. Except for the advertising, each of these techniques are tied together by one common element – good content.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    Hey Emad – I just visited your website the other day! I didn't realize you could customize Blogger that much. Your site looks awesome!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    You know, I'm still a little hazy about this Cory. I use Disqus, which just implemented a new no follow attribute to all comments in their system. As far as I can tell, I have no way of overriding it so that search engines CAN follow my commenters' links. Disqus did this due to complaints people had about spammers leaving self-promoting comments.

    The problem is, I want to reward my blog's contributors (you and others) by linking back to your sites and sharing some SEO love. I've let Disqus know how I feel. We'll see if they change it in the future. If anyone knows more about this, please chime in!

    Fortunately, even with no-follow, leaving comments on blogs will bring you traffic as other readers will click through to your site out of curiosity (ESPECIALLY if you leave good comments!).

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    I believe so, unless the blog owner uses the no-follow attribute. Nonetheless, you will still help generate site traffic by commenting. I will look into this more and get back to you. Great question!

  • http://www.crazyaboutmagazines.com/ Jackie

    Thanks – lots of great info here. I agree about content. Content is very important. I am regularly updating my site daily

  • linko

    hi Keller,
    I'm a SEO “fisherman” too, so correct me if I'm wrong but isn't google make pagerank update 2 or 3 times per year?!!
    how come you all got lucky on the first month? or maybe it's just coincidence?

    any way, wonderful project you got here, Keller

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    Hey Linko!
    Google used to take their time with updating PageRank, but I read somewhere recently that they have started updating it more often. Actually, just a couple weeks after writing this post, Google increased my home page's PageRank to a 6! They're definitely more active lately.

  • http://www.firstclassaquariums.com/ james@ fish tanks

    Very helpful, would you be able to tell me how I go about changing the content of my site without losing pagerank?

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    Interesting question James. I would say you really shouldn’t worry about losing PageRank IF you’re updating your content regularly. However, if you’re not updating consistently and often, you might want to be concerned.

    Ecommerce stores are a little more challenging when it comes to SEO since they aren’t really loaded with content like blogs are. But, I have found a couple ways to get around this with my own stores.

    1. Your products are your content and need to be treated as such. Try to add new product lines to your store once a week for several months. If you don’t have time to do this, add a “featured products” section to your home page and update it every week.

    2. Make sure you add your keywords to your product descriptions (try to have detailed product descriptions), title and meta tags.

    3. Add a blog to your website and post tips and articles related to your store (I was never good at updating mine. If you have this same issue, you may wish to hire a freelance writer to provide you with content).

    4. Do some article marketing. Again, you can hire someone to write the content for you or purchase a PLR package such as All Private Label Content.

    One last tip: If you gain PageRank on a particular page, try not to change the url of that page. Otherwise, it will be considered a new page and you will have to wait for Google to come by and index it.

    Let me know if this answers your question James.

  • linko

    wow,you're right Keller,,,how come i didn't noticed before……thanks for pointing that out, i suppose that's a good thing,right?!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    I think it's a GREAT thing! The more often Google reevaluates your website, the more often you get the chance to start ranking in search results. I want Google's attention!

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  • http://www.thecatholicgiftshop.com/ Thomas

    Hi Keller,

    Congrats on reaching PR6, that is awesome! And it seems you did it the right way.

    I may be wrong, but I believe that even “no-follow” will provide a link, but maybe not provide any page rank “juice” to the other site. My understanding is no-follow does not mean “don’t go there” to the spiders. It just is not as relevant or important (or placed by you) to another site, like, for example The Catholic Gift Shop. Does that make sense?

    Thanks again for sharing your success with us! Keep it going!

  • http://www.genesisbodycare.com/ Genesis Body Care

    Great post. I think your insights into Google and link building are very helpful. Thinking about it from the search engines perspective can keep you focused on what is important in optimization. Their priority is high quality, relevant results which is a big reason why they don't want to display a list of pages with the same (duplicate) content for instance.

    To me link building is the most challenging part, I have a page rank of 3 so far with no real inbound links. I would suggest checking a forums code to make sure they don't use nofollow on their links before investing too much time in efforts to increase page rank there.

    Great tip on adding new products regularly. Especially regarding just changing the featured products instead if you aren't able to.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    Thanks for your input Casey!

    Search engines want quality content, which is exactly why all of those black hat techniques used online don't work (at least not for long). It's really so simple when you realize you just need to feed Google great content!

    As for getting quality backlinks, remember your own navigation can play a big part in your link building activities. Well optimized navigation links on your store (using your keywords within the links) helps a lot. I actually got a bump in PR with Google for my store Theme Kitchen when I revised my own navigation bar!

    Leaving comments on blogs and forums is another option for link building, but I find this activity mainly helps with traffic building. If you leave quality comments, people will be enticed to click through to your website!

  • http://www.slavetothedollar.com/ Moe Bedard

    Keller,

    By the looks of your blog, this post and the quality content, you are way ahead of the internet game. This post wa the best page rank/seo (basic yet packed with content) explanation I have seen thus far.

    Peace to you!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    Moe – I really appreciate your feedback! I noticed you're using the Thesis theme on your blog – very nice and clean!

  • http://www.theinternetbusinessblog.com/ Internet Business

    Very interesting article.I am also waiting for Google's next pagerank update.I agree fresh,unique,updated content is king.Also many posts help by index penetration.More links and posts the better.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    Ok Cory, I noticed something today in my WP admin that made me think of you and your question.

    On the WP dashboard, there's a little box that shows incoming links to your blog. I clicked through some and noticed that a few came from my own comments left on those blogs.

    Now, that doesn't answer the question of whether or not Google considers that an incoming link, but WP seems to think it is and that's a start.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    I think you're right Thomas. I believe the no-follow has more to do with PageRank than with visits. If anyone else has some thoughts on this, please chime in!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Internet Business Blogger

    Every time you write a new post, you give yourself a new opportunity to rank for new keywords!

  • rimam1

    I had a similar experience. I started a niche blog about isometric exercises 2 months ago. Two or three weeks into it, I got a Google Page Rank of 4! I was shocked because other blogs I've created (admittedly before I knew anything about SEO, regular content, etc.) took 2 years to get a PR of 4.

    I was so excited I thought it was an error. I asked people on Twitter (more than once) how it could be possible that I got such a high PR so fast. In the weeks since then my PR dropped to 2, which is more in line with what I expected.

    Reading this article is cool because it confirms my suspicions that a regularly updated, valuable blog is the best way to get high PR and rankings.

    Thanks for sharing. You have a reader for life!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I'm so glad you found my blog Rimam1! Honestly, content is (in my opinion) the key to gaining PR.

    I've had sudden drops in PR before too. My ecommerce stores experienced that in the beginning. One other factor that affects Google's opinion of your site is the length of time it's been active. So, I'm sure as you continue to focus on content creation, your PR will rise in the future!

  • http://www.a1trophy.com/ Neo

    Well excellent post but I do follow 2 way and 3 way link exchange policy and though it takes time it works.
    anyway adding your site in my google reader.

    Thanks

  • http://www.azrecipes.org/ Jonathan

    It should be noted that Google just changed their nofollow rules in a big way (or rather made public the change). Seomoz.com has more info.

  • http://www.seodriven.com SEO Miami

    Thank you for informing us this useful tips and information..
    This will really help us a lot.. Nice post..

  • techsuperb

    I fully endorse your views. It is the contents of your site which are going to decide its fate in so far PageRank is concerned. The more regularly you update the contents and keep their high quality, the more will your site gain in PageRank. You have fully proved this point by showing that inspite of not having many inbound links to your site, within a short period of about 3-4 months, your home-page is now showing 6 PageRank. It is really noteworthy. There can be no better proof than this. In fact, my site is just a few days old, while I have not got PageRank as yet (Google revises the PageRank after every two-three months only) but already my pages have started appearing in top ten searches and sometimes at No. 1 and No. 2 also. I have followed the same formula. Your own original and quality content with daily updating of the contents. One does not have to bother unnecessarily for the links. Thanks and congrats for writing such great article.

  • http://sweethomeimprove.com Sweet_Home_Improvement

    Great post, really help me alot. Thanks.Cheers

  • jaggi

    I totally agree with you techsuperb. I have been struggling to get quality inbound links since such a long time but to no avail. Now I truly believe the saying “content is the king” and updating your content is very important otherwise as Keller said your rankings will go down.

  • doncarswell

    Nice, I have been trying to boost my pagerank, I have a new website that has been pen for about 2 months and I can't seem to get off zero. I will take on board of what you have said and try and apply it to my website.
    thanks

  • doncarswell

    Not sure where my last post went, but I would like to say thanks for this info. I can't get off zero and will apply some of your tips.
    Thanks

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    You weren't kidding Techsuperb – I checked out your blog and you seem to be adding several posts EVERY DAY. That is awesome!!!

    It doesn't have to take a ton of time to get in the good graces of a search engine – it just takes unique and fresh content. At your rate, you'll have tons of PR in no time. Good luck!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Also Jaggi – great content will help to get other blogs/websites to link to you. So, content should always be the focus!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Even though you don't have PR, you've been indexed by Google, so you're off to a good start! Start posting as often as possible and you'll train Google on how often to visit your site.

  • doncarswell

    Also, should you mainly just concentrate on your homepage keywords? Or should you put them on everypage?

  • Ian

    I guess you were just lucky. From what I see you don't have a clue (no offense) why Google assigned you with a page rank.
    There are thousands of sites out there, just like yours with Google PR 0, after many months, and they are now better or worse than your site.
    I can show you sites with strong back links and with a low PR and I can also show you rubbish websites with high PR.
    Google, as much as we respect him is no more than an automated dumb robot. If happens to lunch your site when Google is in a good mood, than you might get lucky, as you did.
    One thing you forgot to mention, is that Google loves original content, and that should be your number 1 reason.
    In the old days, your blog would have got no more than a PR2 or maximum PR3, because you don’t have any important back links. If you are lucky enough, your PR will remain like this for many years, but you also have a big chance to have a PR drop, and I wouldn’t be surprised to drop down to 0 or 1.
    I’ve seen it happened over and over again.
    So my advice is, get back to acquiring strong back links, or sometime in the future, you will find yourself writing about “how did a manage to lose PR from 6 to 1” :)

  • Ian

    Doncarswell,
    Of course you should concentrate on each page of your website. The more pages you have, the more traffic you get. The more you optimize your inner pages the more chances you have to be found by a multitude of keywords. Try to deal with different topics if possible. Most traffic comes from your internal pages not from your home page, unless your home page is optimized for 1 or 2 keywords highly sought after, and then even so, why should you throw away traffic coming from your other pages ?

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    You should put the keywords that relate to the overall topic of your website on your home page. Then, each of your pages/posts should have keywords related specifically to that page/post.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Thanks Neo! Yes, link exchanges can work, but they do require time and attention.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Thanks for your input and feedback Ian. I’m going to break your comment down so I can respond appropriately:

    1. “I guess you were just lucky. From what I see you don't have a clue (no offense) why Google assigned you with a page rank.”

    First off, telling someone they don’t have a clue isn’t exactly a great way to invite discussion. But, let’s move past that.

    I’ve been applying my own SEO techniques for several years and they seem to be working for me. My ecommerce store, Theme Kitchen, has ranked number one for the term “kitchen décor” for four years now. I DON’T do ANY link exchanges for that store and if you look at the backlinks, you will notice I don’t have many. Theme Kitchen’s home page has a PR of 4.

    2. “There are thousands of sites out there, just like yours with Google PR 0, after many months, and they are now better or worse than your site. I can show you sites with strong back links and with a low PR and I can also show you rubbish websites with high PR.”

    As I stated in my post, there is no definitive way of reaching the top of search engines or gaining high PR. There are several factors that affect your site and Google will not explicitly state exactly how to get high PR. But, there are several sure fire ways of HELPING your site gain PR.

    3. “Google, as much as we respect him is no more than an automated dumb robot. If happens to lunch your site when Google is in a good mood, than you might get lucky, as you did.”

    If this were true, then Google would not be the search engine by which many others are compared. Google is the most popular search engine for a reason – it provides relevant results to its users. The robot has been developed by incredibly talented and smart people. I highly doubt it ranks websites based on its “mood.”

    4. “One thing you forgot to mention, is that Google loves original content, and that should be your number 1 reason.”

    Fantastic point! Original content is important.

    5. “In the old days, your blog would have got no more than a PR2 or maximum PR3, because you don’t have any important back links. If you are lucky enough, your PR will remain like this for many years, but you also have a big chance to have a PR drop, and I wouldn’t be surprised to drop down to 0 or 1.”

    What do you mean by “the old days?” Are you saying Google has become more laxed with its rules, guidelines and metrics? Seems to me, Google has only become stricter as more and more web masters attempt to get around the rules.

    As I stated in the conclusion of my post, I could very well lose my PR in the future – IF I don’t continue to update my content and follow SEO best practices. Or, someone else may beat me in the rankings.

    6. “So my advice is, get back to acquiring strong back links, or sometime in the future, you will find yourself writing about “how did a manage to lose PR from 6 to 1” :)”

    You can certainly choose to spend your time with link exchanges and backlinks. I however will continue to focus on content.

    And yes, if I happen to lose PR, I will write about it – we can all learn from each other!

  • Ian

    I do apologize about my somehow rude comment. My black humor is not everybody’s taste. I meant only to be direct, no disrespect intended. I do find your advices great, and I don’t expect that you should know everything about everything, same thing applying to myself or to anybody else. We are out here to learn from each other as you said.
    I do appreciate the fact that you answered back, and that you allowed my comment to be visible online; that proves great fairness.
    The bottom line is that the methods used by Google to assign page rank to a website are more and more obscure and there is not a certain way to achieve a high page rank. However most of the SEO still agree that strong back links are very important. In the same time, acquiring lots of back links from any website, not matter the page rank can do more harm to your website than good.
    Overdoing back linking it certainly shows Google that the particular website is trying to manipulate the Page Rank and implicitly the search engine results. Google has filters for that. Excessive back linking and acquiring links over a short period of time can damage your page rank forever. I talk from my own experience, and by monitoring other websites along the years.
    I can’t stress enough how much Google loves original content and blogs. In my opinion that’s the main reason for what a website gets higher ranking.
    The best formula, in my opinion, is a combination of original content, daily updating and moderate strong relevant back linking.

    “Are you saying Google has become more laxed with its rules, guidelines and metrics? Seems to me, Google has only become stricter as more and more web masters attempt to get around the rules.”

    You are so right about that. Nowadays, mostly and I mean mostly (not all) the original content websites daily updated, can profit of a highly ranked page, but there are many, exceptions to the rule, which might puzzle most of the webmasters.
    Getting around the rules has become a habit, even for the multimillion dollar websites, that are buying text link ads from text links brokers. But guess what, it does not affect them at all in a bad way. They do excessive linking, acquiring links with PR 7 or PR 8 spending tens of thousands of dollars monthly because they can afford it. Google will never punish them, just because in Google’s robot mind, those sites are already marked as being the good guys.
    This is happening also with many old rubbish websites that as I said before were assigned with a high Page Rank in the “old days”, due to the excessive back linking.

    The back linking should be a cushion to fall back on, if Google somehow decides to drop your page rank due to some changes in its algorithm, or because of some bad mood he’s having that day.
    Google is brilliant, yes, but why won’t you admit that at the end of the day he is just a machine.
    Most of people are not fair with each other, what makes you think that Google will take right decisions for every website stored in its database.
    As a conclusion, overall, I kind of agree with your methods of achieving high page rank, with one omission; I guess one should get few strong links, just in case.
    And, by the way, congrats for the great website.

  • nhsdiscounts

    Hi,

    A very useful read. I found that it structure opened my eyes to the methods I was currently using to obtain page rankings. Thanks again my NHS Discount blog maybe able to strive.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I'm so glad you came back and responded Ian – SEO is one of my favorite topics and I love a good debate/discussion!

    So, you want me to admit that Google is just a machine. Well, ok…. yes! It's a machine; a machine that has incredible analytical skills. It also makes the rules – so I.will.follow.the.machine :).

    It's amazing how many different theories exist for how Google ranks sites, huh? Everyone seems to have their own special formula. For me, content has always been the main ingredient. For others, perhaps backlinks have been the key.

    But, what if I put it to you like this Ian: Content = Backlinks

    When you have quality content, updated often and consistently, other websites/blogs will want to link to you or your individual posts.

    If you don't offer quality content, then the best you'll be able to manage are links from link exchanges (which are not the best).

    Also, all of this focus on backlinks takes your attention away from building quality content and relationships with readers. You can gain quality backlinks over time if you:

    1. Focus on quality content.
    2. Grab other website owners' attention.

    I 100% agree with you that original content plays a huge role.

    Oh, also you can build quality backlinks simply by optimizing your INTERNAL linking structure and adding more and more quality pages to your website.

    You are welcome here anytime Ian – I enjoy reading your thoughts! You make some great, valid points.

  • http://prettymepink.com/ Pretty

    Your post is the one that deffo stands out from all the other SEO 'advice' i read on the net. Just seems like good honest white hat tips that anyone can follow! moreover although you dont explicitly say it is an underlying understanding from your post that you dont just get good SERPs by sitting on your backside it is a constant journey that requires alot of hard work and so many people are led into thinking that it is very easy to make money online overnight. But just doesnt work like that, need like you say Content, relevance and credibility by i think the biggest challenge is probably patience! (this is probably the longest post ive ever written lol ) seriously good post will put people back on the right path.
    Pretty

  • http://www.halloweencostumeideas.com.au/ Jackie@Halloween costume ideas

    Hi Keller,
    This is impressive to achieve that PR in such a short time. I totally agree with you that updating/adding content regularly is crucial. My brother has a blog and he has obtained PR 5 only with his content, posted 2, 3 times a week. His blog only has 80 backlinks. Your example just contradicts what other internet gurus talk about a site's age. I realize I need to work on more content for my sites.
    Keep up the good work.

  • eduardxyz

    hi mam keller,
    im from philippines, and i just want to know if i can have a page rank in google, im not fluent in english and only used a online rewriter to rewrite the content of my blog. here is the my blog http://photoeditingsoftware1.blogspot.com , and i want to ask also if it is good to have a domain namen < photoeditingsoftware1.blogspot.com> because the http://photoeditingsoftware.blogspot.com is taken and http://photo-editing-software.blogspot.com is also taken thats why i used photoeditingsoftware1 as my domain name for my blogspot. thanks mam, i'll wait for your response.. God bless..

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Thanks Pretty! You hit the nail on the head – SEO is an ongoing process. Any one who tells you that you can rank high in the search engines with no effort or time is probably doing something black-hat related. Sure, those tricks can work, but they won't last long. It does take a commitment – Internet businesses are still businesses! So glad you enjoyed the article.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Thanks Jackie! Age of a website does play a factor – in fact there are thousands of factors. I've found that content is the most important, which you have complete control over (vs the age of your site). So, if we have complete control over our content and content is King, then why worry about the age, backlinks, link exchanges,etc? Those will all come in time and quality content will ensure they do.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Hi Eduardxyz!

    1. If you don't speak fluent English, why not target the Philippine market rather than the US market? It would probably be much easier for you to write in your native tongue.

    2. Personally, I would say goodbye to Blogger and hello to WordPress. You would then be able to get your own domain (http://www.photoeditingsoftware.com or something similar).

    Truth is just adding a number at the end of the domain isn't the best idea since it's so close to your competitor's. Perhaps you could brainstorm some variants (i.e. photoeditingblog.com, myphotoeditingsoftware.com, etc).

    3. Yes, you can get Google PR if you focus on fresh, quality content. Doesn't matter what language you speak.

    Let me know if this helps.

  • eduardxyz

    ma'm keller;

    thanks you very much for explaining well the information that i want to know, its really a big help for me because i really don't know anything on how to get google pr, what good domain name to use.
    Ma'm thank you so much. Hope your always there to answer my question again. Your the only person that answer our question and explain well what we need to know.
    Your so great and kind..
    God bless!..

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Your very welcome Eduardxyz. I hope to see you around my blog again soon!

  • lalitsharma

    Keller,

    Thank you very much for sharing your experience to improve page rank but I must say that every person has his/her own way of doing SEO. Even, most of them don’t think about page rank but think about search engine rankings, business and popularity they wish to gain. And about link building, I would like to say that linking to other sites help gaining popularity to websites and even regular improvement in search engine rankings because search engines also recommend link building along with good content. However, sharing own experience is like a social work and helps other. You are really doing a great job.

    Thank Keller. Keep it up.

  • http://letupdate.com/ Online Knowledge

    I , my self, already did a ton of exchange link for my old blog, and it give me PR 3 after 2 month. And now, I do not do much exchange link in my current blog but make regular constant posting. Just want to know how google will rank my blog in next update. :D

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  • http://www.thenichethinktank.com The Niche Think Tank

    Nice article Keller. I am going to have to check my site for Optimization as you say. I appreciate the tips.
    Larry C.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Looks like Google came by your new blog on the 9th, so it's not coming by everyday, but it is making the rounds. You may want to consider posting every day rather than every other day in the beginning. I know this can be quite a commitment, but trust me – it helps a lot. You're definitely on the right track by posting every other day though.

    I'm eager for the next PR update as well. I'm wondering if my PR will remain the same or go down (you never know). Due to certain events, there were a couple of weeks in the last few months when I didn't get to post as often as I usually try to. Hopefully this doesn't hurt me too much.

  • http://letupdate.com/ Dana@LetUpdate

    I choose to update every other day because i am kind a busy to update my old blog wich give all earn that i use to build letupdate.com. Therefore, i think that i will stick for every other day. :D

    Hope, you lucky in next google update too. :D

  • http://www.trainshorns.com/ train horns for sale

    Very helpful article. However I dont know if I agree with the content argument. I have read many an article proving that content does not mean anything.. Links are all that matter!

  • furniturestore

    Creating new quality content is easy, updating a site is easy…getting inbound links is the challenge for me, it's very tedious and time consuming.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I only post Mon-Fri (I need a little time off). I would say posting often and CONSISTENTLY is key.

  • ytechcity

    Great info, Keller, i just starting my blog, hopefully my blog will get good pagerank by following your step above.

  • http://moderndaypeasants.com/blog Dan

    Wow…What a seriously great article!! You missed nothing. That was sooo informative! Would you mind if I put a link to your page on my site and maybe quote you a bit?

  • http://www.charlottegaragedoorguys.com/ Chris

    Hi Keller! This is some great “freeline” content you have here. I'll be sure to subscribe!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I would be honored Dan and thanks!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Looks like you're on your way with all of that fresh content you have!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    It is extremely tedious and takes a long time to get results if you're doing the standard link exchange type of thing. High quality content will bring in high quality links, so you can “kill two with one.”

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Why do links matter? Because they represent a “vote” for a website.

    Before this whole link exchange craze came out, people used to link to other websites that they found valuable to themselves and their own website's visitors. That's why search engines like links – it tells them, “Hay, you need to check out this other website which is related to mine and has quality content.”

    Once webmasters figured that out, they began abusing the system – trading links with anyone and everyone they could in order to get more “votes.”

    Of course, the search engines became aware of this activity and began implementing stricter rules on links (now attempting to determine whether a link is pure or “exchanged”). This is why “link farms” no longer work.

    Remember, every time you link to another website, you share your Google PR with them. If you link to too many on one page (like a links page), you can dilute your PR.

    Once again, quality content brings in quality links. Why waste time on link exchanges? If you have a truly valuable website, other webmasters will link to it without you linking back.

  • jason200620

    Hello Keller! I was wondering, I just started my own website and I noticed you had some great way's about this website page rank. I was wondering if I have a page or blog on why your eyes are important to you And I wanted to get better page ranking what should I do? You can take a look at my site its http://women-sunglasses.com Thanks Keller. I look forward to hearing your opinions. Oh and I was wondering if you think I should make my page into a blog to get better page rank.
    Jason Newman

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I highly recommend you transfer your website to a WordPress blog since it is a content focused site. It will be much easier for you to manage your content and change your design.

    I noticed you don't have your meta tags optimized (title, description and keyword tags). That's the first thing I suggest you do. Next, I suggest you start writing posts at least 3 times a week. Talk about what's popular in the sunglasses world, what styles fit what faces, where to shop for the best, etc. Every post offers you another page for search engine rankings and keywords.

    Also, try not to keyword stuff or write strictly for search engines. For example, you have the following paragraph in your left sidebar:

    “womens sunglasses is loaded with great women's sunglasses. For women of all ages. No matter how tiny or how big, we have the womens sunglasses for you. Come see our womens sunglasses!”

    You're not really talking to your visitors with that paragraph – you're just repeating the keyword term “womens sunglasses” over and over. You always want to write for your readers and then optimize for search engines. Hope these tips help! You also mention in the paragraph that YOU have sunglasses for your readers. Is that true – do you sell them on your site? If not, you need to explain what your website is about.

  • cyoung35

    Very good information regarding Google search. My question is how long does it take to get the search engine ranking from google?

  • nehem

    Its great tutorial. Thank you.

  • jason200620

    Thanks for the good info Keller. My website is more of a review on why you should wear sunglasses. Sun damage to the eyes just leads to years with with bad eyes. Yeah thanks for checking out my site. I have updated it a little since the last time you seen it.
    Thanks again. Jason

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    There is no set timeline. It all depends on how often Google visits your site (it has to come by and analyze your content in order to rank you) and its own schedule and algorithms. I've been able to rank on the first page for certain keywords within days and other times it's taken weeks or months.

  • tecate93

    Enjoyed the article! We are an IT company that hosts many websites and we get the SEO question often. Historically we would just refer those clients to SEO agencies until we decided to update our own website about a month ago. Now we are obsessed with ensuring that our website has good placement in this current economy and using internal talent to make that happen. It is actually quite fun. Your article helped crystallize the key steps to the entire team in a simple and clear way. Keep up the good work!

  • http://bradleyaharmon.com Brad Harmon

    Keller,

    I've been doing some research on the internet about how often Google updates their page rankings, and I think I might have just confused myself more. It seems that about the time you launched this site there were two PR updates within a month of each other, but there hasn't been on since June.

    Do new websites wait for this global PR update which is supposed to happen about every three months, or does Google assign them PR as it starts crawling them? Did you think you received your PR in three weeks because the timing was good?

    Brad

  • http://incomesinternational.com/more-than-just-seo-headspace2-wordpress-plugin/ Andrew @ Incomes International

    Hi Keller. I've been reading your blog quietly from the sidelines for a short time and figured it's about time I poked my head out.

    I won't call myself an SEO expert but I will say that I am fairly well versed on the topic. My blog is in the same niche and we are likely competing for the same or at least similar words and phrases.

    These terms and phrases are among the most competitive terms one could try to rank for. I've accepted that and actually enjoy the 'battle' of trying to rank and for some terms, using some cleverly crafted methods I've achieved some page 1, and top 3 listings. But that's about as far as I can get it to go.

    Obviously I am totally baffled about what Google expects from my site because I cannot convince the engine that my blog is better than a PR0. However I'm happy that it's not a PR N/A.

    I'm starting to think that you have some very high quality back links that exist somewhere that you may have forgotten to mention, or that there is some other factor that has boosted your PR so far so fast.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts.

  • http://incomesinternational.com/ Andrew @ Incomes International

    Brad I might be able to answer that one for you. Google seems to apply an initial PR value to new sites within around 2 weeks of submitting the site to the engine. So it's very possible that the initial PR3 was due to that. Then once the PR update took place the toolbar PR value was increased to the higher value.

    It's probably also worth mentioning that Toolbar PR and Algorithm PR are different. You are correct in saying that TPR is updated usually around every 3 months, however APR is constantly changing and is part of the system that ranks pages to appear in the search results. Google itself doesn't really take any notice of TPR because its algorithm PR is what is important to providing the most relevant results.

  • agenbola

    my client is onto sort of gambling biz. and Adwords or any advertisng sort are not allowed. so i have no choice helping them to advertise their website in anyway.. 1st was SEO..

    anyway thank you for your information.. and this is very usefull..suggestion :)
    if you have any suggestion please do not hesitate to drop me an email :)

    thank you..

  • http://bradleyaharmon.com Brad Harmon

    Andrew,

    Thanks. I've been reading about the differences between the two this week. I guess I should start being clear as to which one I am asking about.

    My thoughts are that Keller probably lucked out with the double TPR coinciding with the launch of the website. Not that gaining 3 TPR on each update within the first month is not very impressive, but I think that she would still have a 3 TPR today if google had updated on its “normal” three month rotation. I would think that it is extremely rare that a website could go from a 0 TPR to a 6 TPR in three weeks with just a single update.

    I understand that TPR is really just a bragging right, and that what matters most is the internal PR and keyword placement in searches; however, it seems that advertisers and some blog rankings do take the TPR into account. What I am trying to figure out is whether google only assigns a TPR during updates or if it also assigns an initial TPR to a site between updates.

    Thanks,

    Brad

  • http://www.teamaguilar.com SanDiegoRealEstate

    Great post and information. I have been working on a real project trying to figure out why I lost all my PageRank on all pages. I don't really do anything that I know of that would have cause this and I am just a real estate guy that is in the real estate business but I most have done something that G didn't like. I guess it's my quest to figure out what that was! :(

  • train_horns_for_sale

    Cheers, very helpful. But it must be note eccomerce stores are a lot harder to get page rank on as uploading constant content becomes a little off putting for customers!

  • diapercakes

    I understand the need to update your content ever couple of days, but what if you have a e-commerce store? I try to add several products a week, but the content is relatively static. Do you think I should try to move blocks around and change the order of my products…would that help? Thanks!

  • http://www.rattlecake.com Diaper Cakes

    I understand the need to update your content ever couple of days, but what if you have a e-commerce store? I try to add several products a week, but the content is relatively static. Do you think I should try to move blocks around and change the order of my products…would that help? Thanks!

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    Thanks- hopfully this site with help increase my site's pagerank!

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    I appreciate you for an interesting and informative post, keep it up good work. Thanks

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I believe Google evaluates sites on a consistent basis, but only updates the PR displayed on their toolbar once every few months. So, you may have a PR of 5 right now, though your toolbar only displays a 2 – once they update it, your 5 will be reflected. Does that make sense?

    That means I didn't get a PR of 3 just because the update took place that month. I got a PR of 3 and it happened to be REFLECTED in the toolbar that month. So, the timing was good for showing PROOF of my PR, but NOT in terms of me GAINING PR.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I hadn't obtained any real link backs when I first started blogging. In fact, I think my first valuable one was from Flokka. Since then, the only time I've invested on links has been submitting my blog to directories. I only did that for about a week.

    Though some say internal links (links from one of your own web pages to another of your own web pages) don't affect PR, I think they do based on my experience. So, in the beginning, that was all I really had to work with.

    I use to check my backlinks daily and never really saw anything major. Of course it might be different now.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I've never heard of that Andrew (the initial PR thing). Very interesting.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    That's a tough one because a lot of directories and advertising programs won't accept that genre. Sounds like SEO is an absolute MUST for your friend.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    The toolbar would REFLECT a 3 still today had the updates not occurred, but my PR would actually be a 6. Yes, bragging rights and bait for advertisers.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    One of my stores recently lost PR and my assumption is it's based on the complete lack of updating on my part. How often do you update yours?

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Not if that content is made up of new products! That's how I update my stores.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Your site is super cute! I consider my products my content on my ecommerce stores. So I add new products and showcase them on my home page, or I update my home page often with “featured products.” Ok, I haven't been doing this so much lately, but that's how I started off and it paid off big time. You have a PR of 3, so that's great!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I believe Google evaluates sites on a consistent basis, but only updates the PR displayed on their toolbar once every few months. So, you may have a PR of 5 right now, though your toolbar only displays a 2 – once they update it, your 5 will be reflected. Does that make sense?

    That means I didn't get a PR of 3 just because the update took place that month. I got a PR of 3 and it happened to be REFLECTED in the toolbar that month. So, the timing was good for showing PROOF of my PR, but NOT in terms of me GAINING PR.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I hadn't obtained any real link backs when I first started blogging. In fact, I think my first valuable one was from Flokka. Since then, the only time I've invested on links has been submitting my blog to directories. I only did that for about a week.

    Though some say internal links (links from one of your own web pages to another of your own web pages) don't affect PR, I think they do based on my experience. So, in the beginning, that was all I really had to work with.

    I use to check my backlinks daily and never really saw anything major. Of course it might be different now.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I've never heard of that Andrew (the initial PR thing). Very interesting.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    That's a tough one because a lot of directories and advertising programs won't accept that genre. Sounds like SEO is an absolute MUST for your friend.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    The toolbar would REFLECT a 3 still today had the updates not occurred, but my PR would actually be a 6. Yes, bragging rights and bait for advertisers.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    One of my stores recently lost PR and my assumption is it's based on the complete lack of updating on my part. How often do you update yours?

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Not if that content is made up of new products! That's how I update my stores.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Your site is super cute! I consider my products my content on my ecommerce stores. So I add new products and showcase them on my home page, or I update my home page often with “featured products.” Ok, I haven't been doing this so much lately, but that's how I started off and it paid off big time. You have a PR of 3, so that's great!

  • zxt

    Hi Keller, I definitely agree on all things as my blog of less than 2 months as of the last PageRank update got me a PR3. For someone who just started blogging I am proud of what I've achieved.

    I just got a question about this statement “However, from my experience, links aren’t the only way to obtain high PageRank™ quickly.”

    All the while I thought PageRank is all about inbound links and nothing else. Can you enlighten me on this?

  • http://www.ronblogger.com/ Blog Tips

    Google really loves fresh quality contents, that's why updating your content really helps on your google ranking

  • pc_porter

    I am still trying to get my PR up. Currently I am still at a big 0. Feel free to check out my site and let me know what you think.

    Thanks
    Good Article !

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    What I should have said was incoming links from outside sources. Many of my websites lack a lot of quality inbound links, yet they have PR. In my opinion, you can optimize your internal linking structure to produce similar results.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    HI! What is the topic of your blog? I noticed posts on gaming and posts on business.

  • http://www.techcats.net/ Rajesh Kanuri

    very nice and informative article.. will try to implement your tips at blog…

  • http://www.easymud.com Auctions

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    good tips i will implement these tips for getting pr of my site

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  • Faisallatif

    Greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat post. Thanks

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    I think page ranking is important. Thank you for sharing all these great tips in such detail. I knew updating your content was important, but I didn't think it was that important.

    I appreciated the level of detail you've go into with your article.

  • returnvoid

    Thankyou for the tips, most useful.

  • http://www.commercialsilk.com/ Silk Plants

    You mentioned WordPress as being the key to Google seeing your site so quickly. Our site is built using dot net and we use a blog software called blog engine dot net. Do you think we should convert our Blog to WordPress?

  • http://www.commercialsilk.com/ Silk Plants

    You mentioned WordPress as being the key to Google seeing your site so quickly. Our site is built using dot net and we use a blog software called blog engine dot net. Do you think we should convert our Blog to WordPress?

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  • http://e-turnall.com/ Eric J

    GREAT POST Keller! I also think that page rank can play an important role in getting one's online business more attention online. You made some great points about linking strategy as well. This is my first time here, so I've bookmarked your site and will stop back by soon. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://thatgirlisfunny.com Cheryl from ThatGirlisFunny

    I've read this post before. This time when I read it, my blog has had more time to simmer.

    What I notice this time is the need for daily discipline. No surprise, but not so easy either with so many ideas and things to do calling for our attention. My take-away? Fresh, quality content is key updated frequently to train search engines to visit on a regular basis. Manage SEO every day with attention to detail.

    It's too easy to get sloppy and neglect filling in all the blanks on the “all-in-one-seo” plug-in for instance. It's the difference between doing jump-jacks half-assed with small arm movements vs. swinging your arms up high with each jump. Two different work-outs – one is more effective than the other.

    I'll be back to visit again in search of more blogging tips from expert bloggers.

  • http://www.win-with-1.com/ Alison Moore Smith

    Just found this (from another of your articles, heh heh). Great write up.

    Thank you for #1! I've been blogging for 7 years and two months — and I gave up link exchanges about 6 years 11 months ago.

    Started my newest blog the end of November and it ranked PR2 in the December re-rank. That was a surprise even to me because it didn't have much on it and, frankly, wasn't nearly as “well-fed” as another PR2 blog I own that didn't move.

    Enjoy reading.

  • http://www.thebusinessgame.co.uk Tony Thornley

    Hi Keller

    Love your blog and have read as much as possible but I have a question for you. In all of the posts about seo, in any blog I have visited, I haven't seen any information about how click through rates affect a sites ranking and position in Google.

    The reason I say this is that I have a friend who has a small business in the UK, his site is here http://www.volkswagen-lts-spareparts.co.uk

    Although this niche is not very competitive there is 'some' competition.

    I have a couple of questions relating to this site.

    1. How on earth does it get to the top of page 1 on Google for the search term 'vw lt spares' (obviously I assume it's to do with not being a highly searched for term and keywords and age) according to market samurai it shouldn't really be there.

    2. I was going to use a wordpress theme to make the site look nice. Is there a chance I could mess up his Google position, even if I leave the content similar.

    The only other thing I could think of which doesn't seem to be discussed anywhere is the amount of times this site has been found in Google and clicked on (hopefully that's called click through?).

    As you can see this site needs some TLC and I'm just doing someone a favour.

    Thanks for any advice that comes my way.

    Tony

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    So glad you enjoyed it Eric! Hope to see you around soon.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    It's tough when our time is limited, but you're absolutely right Cheryl – daily discipline is key. SEO is ongoing work – it's not a “set it and forget it” task.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    There are a lot of people that still really work on the link exchange angle, but when you offer quality content, the links practically generate themselves. Nice to have a friend in the no-link-exchange arena :)!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Hi Tony!

    I have heard that Google values sites that get click throughs with several page views. So, if someone clicks through to Website A and views three different pages it means more than someone clicking through to Website B and only viewing the first page. I am not 100% about this, but it has been discussed as yet another way Google ranks sites.

    1. That search term only has about 21,000 results (EXTREMELY uncompetitive – anyone could easily rank number one). The website also has part of that keyword term (“lt spares”) appear 5 times on the home page, which is probably a high keyword density due to the lack of content. I would bet he has this ranking due to the fact that he's targeting it on his site, while not many other people are.

    2. A new WordPress theme should in no way impact his search engine rankings, unless the theme he currently uses has built-in SEO features. A theme really should only impact the design of a site.

    Click Through is the proper terminology.

    Hope this helps!

  • http://gotta-share.blogspot.com/ anish

    really helpful post. I wonder if u can tell me in simple english what is meant by dofollow? Sorry if sound stupid. And thanx anyway.

  • http://www.pix2brix.com/ Alison Moore Smith

    anish, I've been following this discussion. If it helps, I wrote a post a couple of months ago that explains dofollow on a WordPress blog. Hope that helps.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    No problem Anish – there was a time when I didn't know it either :).

    Whenever you link to another web page, you pass along Google PageRank (kind of like giving that page a vote). With every link, you can apply either a Do-Follow or No-Follow rule to it. Do-Follow tells Google you want to pass along PR. No-Follow tells Google you DON'T want to pass PR.

    No-Follow is required when selling ad space on your site. It is against Google's rules to pass along PR to pages that have paid to be listed on your site. You can learn more about this rule here: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/an

    Do-Follow helps to entice blog commentors and guest bloggers.

    Hope this helps!

  • http://www.planethopia.info/ brynh

    Great article!! I can not even say how this was helpful to me.. Thank you again for sharing your opinion with us..

    regards,

    brynh.

  • http://www.thebusinessgame.co.uk Tony Thornley

    Thanks very much for your help.

  • rdarwin88

    Hi Keller,

    Thanks very much for the information you provided, it is truly invaluable. I am currently working to get my PR up, hopefully to a 3 as soon as possible. My site, http://www.pulseoximetersdirect.com, is an e-commerce store and we sell a revolutionary medical diagnostic equipment for monitoring pulse rate and blood oxygen saturation for individuals with asthma, copd and cardiac issues.

    I've been at SEO for the past couple of months, and it truly is a daily effort, like tackling a monster. I have used your technique of changing up the “featured product” and I believe it helps with google crawlers coming by more often. Other than that aspect of changing content, I really feel there's not much more I can do other than link exchanges, social bookmarking and various press releases. What are your thoughts?

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    You can always add a blog or article pages to your site in order to help with content updating. Also, ensuring you're targeting the right keywords will help big time. Sounds like you're doing the right stuff – how old is your site? It can take time to gain PR.

  • rdarwin88

    Yes I am implementing article/news pages to keep up with content updating. The site is fairly new, but the key SEO stuff has only begun in the past month and a half. I hear the avg to get to a PR3 is 3-6 months from when SEO begins to get implemented.

  • rdarwin88

    Yes I am implementing article/news pages to keep up with content updating. The site is fairly new, but the key SEO stuff has only begun in the past month and a half. I hear the avg to get to a PR3 is 3-6 months from when SEO begins to get implemented.

  • chuckroberson

    Great article, and very informative.
    Thank You

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  • http://www.easyrecovery.ie/ Data Recovery

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  • http://www.easyrecovery.ie/ Data Recovery

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  • http://www.easyrecovery.ie/ Data Recovery

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  • http://711go.com flc

    I think I have the same fate as you when I was started up… it's true that it's hard to get a real understanding of the search engine algorithm work… there are just so many factors affect your ranking… google nowadays are really smart…

  • taylerthompson

    that was quit a excellent stuff .

  • http://musicandmommies.blogspot.com CrystalP

    Wonderful article, my PR ranking has unfortunately been N/A for the last few months. There were some very helpful tips here. Thank you so much. I really hope this helps :)

  • http://musicandmommies.blogspot.com CrystalP

    Wonderful article, my PR ranking has unfortunately been N/A for the last few months. There were some very helpful tips here. Thank you so much. I really hope this helps :)

  • http://www.socialcubix.com/ Social cubix

    Really nice information…

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  • http://www.socialjitney.com/ Iphone Application Developer

    I totally agree with this point “I Never Waste Time on Link Exchanges”.

  • http://www.naturalk9supplies.com/Dog-Food/precise-plus-canine-adult-formula.aspx PrecisePlusCanine AdultDogFood

    I'm not sure what the number really even means. I don't pay much attention to SEO; the whole thing is hyped up. Google will not fail at its primary job, which is match search terms with excellent content.

  • Inkfluence

    Hi,

    I'd like to tell you about a strange anomaly of mine. I had an old website 2003-2009 which had about one sentence on it (and that was my email address) and a handful of keywords and metatags. 6 pages of Dreamweaver portfolio magic, no text. Nearly the whole site was pictures and it was a very small site. Image names were not optimised in any way whatsoever. This site only had the tiniest of SEO efforts and I believe I generated 3 or so backlinks myself out of boredom! But it received reasonable traffic, PR of 3 and I got phone calls from it. Weird!!! So I'd just like to point out that I believe images might in some way be relevant (maybe because they were relevant images?) even if not named with keywords or alt tags. Maybe the relevant images generated backlinks? …….would love to hear everyone's opinion on this………

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Many image sites, like http://www.popuppistons.com, do well with search rankings and traffic and have VERY LITTLE content. Though Google can't read an image, it can read the title or alt of an image. So, perhaps your images were the source of your traffic. I believe it's especially possible if you're targeting extremely niche-e keywords with low competition.

  • marck_don

    Interesting! Gives me lots to think about! I learn something (usually more than one) new every day here! http://questionaries.org

  • http://featuredcreature.blogspot.com CarlyB

    Hey there Keller, I found your site on google when looking for help with PageRank, as I am new to the blogging world. You have a very well-organized and easy to use site that I find extremely helpful to a newbie like myself. Thank you for putting the energy into helping us out!! I hope I can use your advice to gain a good PageRank for my site someday :)

  • http://profitonknowledge.com Larry Rivera

    Great article on page rank. I have been stuck at pagerank 3 for months. You gave me some stuff to think about thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.datecover.com Lover Girl

    You have got some good points. I am going to apply them in the future.

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  • Mhurston

    Great post – thanks for sharing!

  • Vijay

    Keller,

    Thanks. I am taking the first few steps into the SEO realm and the narrative of your first hand experience really helped.

    However, i found it surprising to note that you have not mentioned about submitting links to free directories.

  • http://go4webapps.com Go4webapps

    really great post… thanks for share…

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I appreciate your nice feedback CarlyB!

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Great addition to the list Vijay! Not all directories are worth your time however. It's all about spending your time wisely with those.

  • http://www.vitaloximeters.com Pulse Oximeters

    Hi, great article…very indepth and informative – gives some great tips to new people trying to give their sites a boost – Obviously time has worn on now, and I would just like to point out that Pagerank is effectively dead now as “the ultimate measure” of rank … it's becoming more and more key to make use of social networking sites and bookmarking I'd say….the web of how google ranks a site becomes more and more complex!

  • http://www.iquarium.co.uk Wall mounted fish tanks

    Love your writing style – clear, easy to understand, you've helped me with my new hairdressing website get my website found for a few keywords! This happened within around3 weeks of following soe of your tips….I couldn't agree more with the “ignore link exchanges” advice…total waste of time. G'day :)

  • http://financiallyeliteblog.com Dwight Anthony

    Wow, this is pretty amazing for a site that was so young, i've seen sites that have been around a long time that doesn't have this PR. Google possibly doesn't see those as very relevant.

  • http://financiallyeliteblog.com Dwight Anthony

    Wow, this is pretty amazing for a site that was so young, i've seen sites that have been around a long time that doesn't have this PR. Google possibly doesn't see those as very relevant.

  • http://www.asurii.com Electronic Cigarette

    I want to raise my pagerank for my website too. Got any better ideas on how i can accomplish this task?

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    I never like to go to the extremes with these things by saying that either PageRank is king or is dead. I believe it still plays a role in search rankings, though certainly not as a big of a role in overall Internet business success as it once did. Fortunately, these tips still offer help for search rankings, even if you disregard PageRank.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    That's awesome Simon! I love to hear success stories. Keep it up.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Have you tried out the tips in this post? If so, what's not working for you?

  • http://www.vaporking.org Electric Cigarette

    Hi Keller,

    I went through your article. Really such a great article. What to say i got some ideas from your article first in starting my website got page rank two within a month but after doing SEO i got some good hits and now its page rank three. But my competitor is having high PR than my website. SO i am trying to extend my PR with your techniques. Really thanks for sharing waiting more tips From you. Thank you so much keller.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Thanks! Make sure to come back and update us on your status.

  • Wicked

    Excellent article, I also have launched my website 5 days ago I am hoping to get one, as of now, I have 0 pagerank but my top keyword is on the top search.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    That's awesome Wicked!

  • http://simon.weston.over-blog.net Simon

    Hello keller.

    I concentrated most of my early effort on producing content for my site. Learning how to write articles, along with getting to grips with the functionality of posting items, navigating around and developing the blog. At the beginning it was a big challenge for someone who did not have any previous computer or internet experience.

    I enjoyed reading your article, finding it packed with information and advice. I have noticed some bloggers have blogrolls, or a dedicated links page, whereas others have inbound/outbound links placed within their articles.

    Can you write an article, suggesting what guidelines and principles newcomers to blogging can follow, and which method is most beneficial or appropiate? Especially for blogs like mine which are targeted at a specific audience?

  • Jumpy

    Sorry to break the party folks! but I am about to bring you crashing down to earth. See…

    It's all good to boast about PR and to congratulate Keller, but I don't know if you've noticed that Fresheventure has no Page Rank, and this isn't the first time that FE keeps losing it!

    Use your brains! There is no way Big G ranks a newly site with such a high PR, let alone awarding a site a PR of 6 in a matter weeks. Can this ever happen? come on!

    A site has to established itself (read Big G's guidelines) and that, my friends, takes time not weeks!

    If Fresheventure can be awarded a PR of 6 that quick, it can only mean 3 things:

    1) Google is having a laugh (most likely)
    2) Fresheventure knows something we don't (very possible)
    3) Fresheventure got lucky! (really?)

    Happy Holidays everyone!

  • http://www.kitchensfitted.co.uk Tim Foley

    Keller,
    A great blog – informative, helpful and written in a real style. Your venture here provides a good example of the rewards Google applies to good content. I’ve certainly learned a few lessons from your blog here and there is a tendency to just blog regularly for the sake of improving your rank but it’s clear that every blog you write has to give value to the readers. You do that very well and deserve the rewards for that philosophy.

  • http://www.fresheventure.com Keller Hawthorne

    Thank you so much Tim. I really appreciate your kind words and feedback!

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