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How Did Google’s October 2009 PageRank Update Affect You?

Keller Hawthorne | October 30, 2009 | 186 Comments
Search Engine Optimization
How Did Google’s October 2009 PageRank Update Affect You?

We’ve all been chompin’ at the bit for this latest update, huh? Wondering if you’re going to lose or gain PageRank can leave you in suspense – you never know exactly what Google’s going to do. But, you should have an idea of what to expect based on the effort you put into your website. If you’re…

  • Updating Your Content OFTEN and Consistently
  • Obtaining Inbound Links
  • Performing On-Page Optimization
  • Performing Off-Page Optimization

…you should be able to maintain or increase your PR with each update. If you neglect these tasks, you can expect your PR to suffer.

Not Sure How to Obtain PageRank?

Years ago, I struggled right along with you. Over the last 5 years, I’ve invested the majority of my time in learning SEO – and that learning has paid off greatly. Check out the following posts where I discuss how I obtain PR for my websites and how you can too!

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

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How Did The PR Update Affect My Websites?

I thought it would be fun to track my PR changes on my blog, so below you will find info on how the latest PR update affected my blog, my ecommerce stores and my web marketing site!

  • Before Update: PageRank 6
  • After Update: PageRank 6
  • Effect: No Change

Theme Kitchen

  • Before Update: PageRank 4
  • After Update: PageRank 3
  • Effect: Lost

Theme Bathroom

  • Before Update: PageRank 2
  • After Update: PageRank 2
  • Effect: No Change

KBH Web Marketing

  • Before Update: PageRank 1
  • After Update: PageRank 2
  • Effect: Gained

Why Did Theme Kitchen Lose PageRank?

Simple – I haven’t worked on the SEO aspects of that store lately. I’ve gotten behind with updating product lines and I haven’t worked on obtaining any new inbound links. You’ve got to be willing to put in the work if you want to see the results, right? Fortunately, I have maintained my important keyword rankings, but without effort on my part, I can expect to lose those in the future as well.

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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