Google pagerank is one of the most debated topics of all time on the internet. A lot of webmasters have claimed to know much about this subject line, and others just accept what have been said by those who claim to understand Google more than anyone else. This subject still remains controversial till date, even after concerted efforts have been made to get better understanding of how Google ranks pages.
I am not claiming to be a Google insider or a Matt Cutts; but having been blogging since 2009 (now with about 10 different blogs), I should be able to share my personal experiences on this subject line. Like I said, I presently have four blogs with PR3 each; and having carefully studied some characteristics of these blogs, I feel I should let us know what I think about the way Google pagerank is done.
Before I delve into sharing the experience, I want to first disagree on some of the lies or call it misconceptions or even confusions about How to increase Google pagerank and what makes your site rank better than others.
[box type=”spacer”]What Does Not Increase Your Google Pagerank[/box]
1. It’s not about Links:
Contrary to ignorance that have been passed on from generations, Google pagerank does not completely depend upon the number of sites linking to yours. It does not depend on the thousands of backlinks that point to your website or blog. Joseph, you have come again! Laughs! Yes, you heard me well. One of my sites (in fact, the first of all my sites to get a PR3) Kingdom Voice, currently has only 7 sites linking to it. You may check it out on Alexa if you like.
Besides, one other of my sites Sportsgalaxy equally has only 12 sites linking to it. None of these sites are great sites that I intentionally got a backlink from, yet the site was ranked PR3 in Feb 2013. Hope you are now getting some clues from the a fore-mentioned examples?
2. Age is not important:
This is also another facts that so many webmaster don’t know. They believe that Google ranks older sites better than relatively new ones. I recently saw one of the sites sold on Flippa that was launched in 2012 and already ranked PR5 whereas so many of the older sites are languishing with PR1 and so on.
So, when thinking of how to rank higher, you should keep your blog age aside.
3. Platform doesn’t affect pagerank:
I used to believe, like some other webmasters, that some blogging platforms enjoyed preference when it comes to pagerank.
Specifically, it has remained the belief of so many website and blog owners that WordPress is better optimized and that blogs on that platform rank faster than those on Blogger. I have tried both platforms (I started my first blog on Blogger) and found that also to be a misconception. Site like Lindaikeji still uses the suffix “blogspot” and yet is ranked PR4. Mybloggertricks also hosted on Blogger is ranked PR5 just to mention a few.
Ask those who started blogging the same time with these two people and are on WordPress if their blogs are ranked higher.
4. Domain name is less significant:
Domain name is important when it comes to humans memorizing them so as to easily remember them in case they want to visit your site. That is the only place it is significant. But your domain name doesn’t affect the search engine spiders from crawling it. The domain name has nothing to do with your Google pagerank.
Have you not seen sites with beautiful, easy-to-remember names ranking low whereas those with ugly names are enjoying better pagerank?
So your blog name has really got no way to add to or subtract from your pagerank.
In as much as I love beautiful blog designs, I don’t believe it plays a significant role at improving your PR. Several sites abound on the internet with ugly designs yet with decent PR. For the purpose of SEO, it is advisable to have a blog with beautiful design though. Designs have a way of attracting human traffic. But ensure your site is easily navigable.
[box type=”yellow”]How To Improve Google Pagerank?[/box]
Having talked about what doesn’t add to your pagerank, let me briefly talk of what can help you improve your ranking. The following would help to do the job:
i. Quality content:
I am one of the advocates of quality content. You have heard it said time and again that “Content is the King” as far as websites are concerned. So concentrate on delivering quality content to your blog readers instead of pursuing after what would make you rank higher.
iii. Be an authority:
Apart from providing quality content, make sure you are an authority as far as the content is concerned. What I mean here is that such content should be your own ideas and not copied from elsewhere. This is the secret behind my first blog to be ranked PR3. Google ranks authority as well as quality of content.
Google pagerank does not depend on the number of backlinks a site enjoys, neither does it depend on the age of your website.
It also does not have anything to do with your blogging platform or domain name. It is based on the quality of links to your site, quality of the content on your site and the authority you enjoy in the sight of Google.
If you have areas where you disagree with me, you are free to share such opinions here, using the CommentLuv enabled comment box below. It would be highly appreciated by me and by other readers here. Remember to share this post with your friends. God richly bless you.