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How to Increase Your Blog/Site Google PageRank

Last modified on 3rd May, 2007

Google PageRank is a system used by Google to tell how important a page is relative to other pages on the Internet. You can learn more about PageRank from an article I’ve written earlier here.

The Internet is buzzing with comments from excited site owners each time a Google PageRank update is taking place.

There are many benefits of having a high PageRank value. It’s a sign of authority the page has relative to other pages. Visitors who understand PageRank will see your page as more credible and trustworthy and some will view you as an expert in your own field.

 

Like it or not, some site owners tend to be choosy and will not exchange links with low PageRank sites. On the other hand, pages with a high PageRank can be used as a strong selling point when exchanging links with other sites.

With more links pointing to your page, your search engine ranking will eventually improve too. Talking about search engine ranking, PageRank is just one of many ranking factors used by Google to determine a page ranking in Google search result pages.

If you are selling advertising from your pages, more opportunities will open up for you if your sites or blogs have a high PageRank. For instance, you’ll be able to command more money from Text Link Ads. Some bloggers are making thousands of dollars per month doing nothing but place Text Link Ads on their blogs and blog.

Some believe your PageRank value will determine the frequency of Google’s monthly crawl. Pages with higher PageRank value will be crawled more frequently and deeper than pages with low PageRank.

However, I also believe that the crawling frequency depends on how often you update your site and add new pages. If you are interested to learn more, check out my other article here.

 

How to Increase Your Blog or Site PageRank?

Sabahan.com went from PR0 to PR5 in less than two months. From my experience, the game gets exponentially tougher as you try to increase your PageRank from 5 to 6 or higher.

The following tips won’t guarantee an instant increase in your PageRank overnight but it will help:

 

  1. Exchange links with other sites

    When conducting a link exchange, try to look for pages that have good PageRank such as 4 and above – preferably better than yours.

    Notice that I didn’t say look for sites that have good PageRank. One misconception is that a PageRank value applies to the whole site. A PageRank value is actually assigned on a page-by-page basis. Different pages on a site have different PageRank value.

    While the number of pages linking to you will have an impact on your overall PageRank, the PageRank value of those pages linking to it is more important than the number itself.

    Ideally you should look to trade links with pages having the least links possible especially if they have low PageRank values. This ensures each link has a bigger share of the page’s Google juice.

  2. Improve the internal linking in your site

    It’s important that you organize your own site linking structure properly to improve their PageRank. Link your homepage, which usually has the highest PageRank, to other pages on your site. This can be done easily by having a clickable logo at the top left of each page on your site that links to your homepage for example.

    Try to minimize the number of links to external sites on your pages. While this seems a little selfish, more Google juice will be transmitted to your internal pages instead of having to spread it across other sites.

    If you are conducting a link exchange, I would recommend creating a dedicated links page containing links to other sites instead of placing everything under your Blogroll.

  3. Update you site/blog frequently with good content.

    Keep on adding new content and good quality articles into your blog. With good quality content, other bloggers will only be happy to link to your pages. If these pages are linked to your homepage, it will enjoy some PageRank boost in the long run too.

    Contrary to what some may believe, I think writing ‘pay per post’ frequently in your blog could be detrimental to its PageRank in the long run. When you are adding a new page, you are not only spreading your PageRank amongst your internal pages but it’s spread across the external site as well. This is bad because instead of voting for your own pages, your vote goes to the external site. As a result, your internal pages will have a smaller share of your own Google juice.

    Unless you could write something really useful in your review, it’s unlikely that others will find your pay per post worth linking to from their blog.

  4. Buy text link ads.

    You could buy text links from other high PR sites or blog. This is perhaps one of the fastest ways one could increase his/her PageRank.

    However, a recent development in how Google views paid links as possible spam demands that one should approach this avenue more carefully.

    Google suspects that some of these linking schemes are setup to the game search engines. You can read more about this here.

  5. Offer free stuff

    You could offer free blog templates and include a link to your hompage in the footer of the templates. So, each time someone uses your template, you’ll get a free vote from them.

    The sheer number of pages linking to you could improve your PageRank tremendously. One good example is the PHPBB site which offers a free forum software. With close to 2 million pages linking to their homepage, it’s no wonder why PHPBB.com homepage has a PageRank 9.

 

Despite what I said above about the importance of Google PageRank, it’s not the only factor that could make or break your website.

Instead of worrying about your Google PageRank, you should spend more time on creating rich content and improve the users’ experience in your site/blog.

Ask yourself if your site offers any value to your visitors. If it does, your PageRank value will naturally improve in the long run.

 

Update: Another important benefit for having a good PageRank is that your pages won’t be placed in Google supplemental index. Matt Cutts writes in his blog

As a reminder, supplemental results aren’t something to be afraid of; I’ve got pages from my site in the supplemental results, for example. A complete software rewrite of the infrastructure for supplemental results launched in Summer o’ 2005, and the supplemental results continue to get fresher. Having urls in the supplemental results doesn’t mean that you have some sort of penalty at all; the main determinant of whether a url is in our main web index or in the supplemental index is PageRank. If you used to have pages in our main web index and now they’re in the supplemental results, a good hypothesis is that we might not be counting links to your pages with the same weight as we have in the past. The approach I’d recommend in that case is to use solid white-hat SEO to get high-quality links (e.g. editorially given by other sites on the basis of merit).

Learn more about supplemental index

Gaman
 

  • shah says:

    wa…my pagerank not increased in this google pagerank update.

  • papajoneh says:

    Before i forgotten, Thanks to you Gaman. With all the links from your PR5 site, as google describe “quality site”, one way or the other lift my blog up up and away in the PR. All honors and gratitude to you 🙂

  • Freeze says:

    I do agree with your tips no. 3 whereby if you write payperpost you’re sharing your pagerank with external sites.

    That’s the main reason why advertisers willing to pay for the post anyway. They will get the link back to their sites but we need to look at the bloggers point of view.

    I don’t know about the others but as for me PPP is a quick way to make money online. The income from adsense and affiliate can’t beat the income generated from ppp.

    I believe to get lots of affiliate commission, blog is not a good platform to do so.

    Besides, the income i generated from ppp is supplementary and can be used to run pay per click advertising or for other expenses like buying ebook and etc since i’m still new with affiliate marketing.

    Unless ones are making a lot from their blog than they don’t have to join ppp. My 2 cents 🙂

    • Gaman says:

      I am not denying that PPP can be a good source of income. Sadly from Google PageRank perspective, doing a lot of PPP is not good in the long run.

      Unless of course you get many backlinks that could offset the outflow of Google juice.

  • green says:

    Thanks for sharing information

  • ketyung says:

    By the way, I had a survey, I’ve found that most sites that have page rank 5 & above could gather the number of unique visitors starting from 1K+ to 20K+ a day or more. Btw, so far how is Sabahan doing? Mind to disclose? Since you sitemeter doesn’t show anything 🙂

    • Gaman says:

      The PR level is not an indication of the amount of traffic a page gets. Sabahan.com gets less than 1K per day. However my other site with PR5 gets over 1K daily.

  • ketyung says:

    Anyway, not only phpbb having PR9, php.net also having PR9, sounds like those giving free stuff having very high page rank. Haha seems like need2 work hard to provide some free wordpress theme download later on my blog 😀 , btw LiewCF seems2have only PR4, maybe he has a recent switch of his blog URL

    • Gaman says:

      Yes giving away free stuff could help if you are mentioned a lot as a result or the free stuff includes your link.

      I think you are right about LiewCF because he moved his main page to another directory.

  • ketyung says:

    Umm ic, but at least few hundreds visitors a day, as PR5 will yield pretty high search position, perhaps, it’s not reached more than 1k+ or more, which could be the keyword density still lacking …. 🙂

    • Gaman says:

      Well it’s all about the niche, nothing to do with keywords density.

      As an example, there’s not that many people who are searching for “adwords tricks” even if you are number one compare to “paris hilton”.

  • wizvax says:

    good info..hope my PR improve in the next update..thanx

  • icy says:

    I just started my new blog few days ago. Not sure can boost from PR 0 to PR 5 ….. 😛

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  • I never knew how important page rank was, until now. Thanks for all the tips guys.

  • akshay says:

    i have seen changes in my PR and its is true to say that the google system is now updating, at http://www.googlebugs.com there are results and stats that show this has happened.

    thanks

    aks

  • baloot inc says:

    google with update our pagerank in every 3 month…

  • Primoz says:

    Great post, thanks. I wrote similar artilce some time ago. You can read it on my blog.

  • kunnu singh says:

    how to increase by blog page rank

  • kelvin says:

    Thanks for ur great info, hope I can improve my PR within the next 3 mths.

  • Hi, thanks for the info, I like the internet polemics about google page rank – it’s amazing how everyone has a different opinion on the whole thing!

  • I have a Question.

    I have a Website for my new Network Marketing Health Product.

    As any new site, I need links in and out. My concern is when I am linking out, do I need to be concerned with folks who use rel=”nofollow”. And will that really help them to get credit for the out link, but does not delute thier pagerank?

    Thanks,
    Brian Fitzgerald
    http://www.enlyten1.com

  • endy23 says:

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  • PinoyDeal says:

    wow man thanks for this info

  • Thanks for the info but the most difficult part is obtaining links from other websites, i find it the difficult part.

  • ugesh says:

    really very useful and exact info. i also want to improve my PR by these methods. Unfortunately my PR is 0 recently……….but I hope that……

  • ugesh says:

    really very useful post

  • juma batu says:

    i always believe that high quality content is first consideration on pagerank increase, hope i’m right in this case

  • Ajmal Abbasi says:

    Excellent article. I too believe that success of any site or blog lies in the quality of the contents and frequency of updating the site or blog. Page rank automatically comes when you maintain a good quality of posts.

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  • Giljed Jowes says:

    Thanks for the advice! This will help us increase our page rank.

  • Lgeraldss says:

    cool!!
    i jut recently start to blog, and i need to knnow how to increase my page rank..
    thanks for the info!!!

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  • Notpen.com says:

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  • Thanks, Its very good and informative, I like it very much and appriciate you due to your good work, Once again thanks.

  • rahul says:

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    it just changed my view about pagerank..

  • riaz khan says:

    Thanks, Its good and infomative, and having a good efforts …………………….. Once again thanks

  • Katie says:

    Thanks for the article. I’m not exactly sure what I’m not doing right but I seem to be stuck on pr 2 forever. It doesn’t seem to be matter how many backlinks I get or how much more quality articles I put on there. It still remains at pr 2… a bit stumped.

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