Saturday, June 30, 2012

Blogging Tips Weekly - How Does Your Page Rank?

You have a rocking blog. Now what?

Now, you want to make it better. It is in our human nature to always strive for bigger goals, and let our ambition exceed beyond expectations.

Now that your blog is receiving recognition from peers and advertisers alike, isn't it time to kick it up a notch, and find out how you stack up against other fish in the pond? Because without any evaluation, most (hobby) bloggers often fade fast due to a lack of motivation.

What is a Page Rank?

One of the means that evaluates your blog, or webpage, is a google page rank. It is a number between 1 and 10 given to your blog from calculations done by a complicated google page ranking algorithm. 

This number, or page rank, indicates how important your blog is compared to millions of others -- and of course, the more important your blog is, the more likely it will show up on top when people search for certain keywords in google. 

There he is - Larry Page. Co-founder of Google, and the genius who invented the page ranking system.

How is Page Rank Calculated?

Many factors contribute to how well a blog ranks. The only people who know for sure are the geniuses working at google.

For us ordinary folks, one thing is certain -- the more inbound links or backlinks (links to your blog from other blogs or websites) you receive, the better you rank. And it really helps if those links come from higher ranked websites.

In google, everything is weighted. (It's what sets google apart, and makes it the most popular search engine.) If other websites, especially ones that already weigh a lot, puts more weight on your site, you come off to google as an important virtual property.

(If you are THAT curious, you can find a more mathematical explanation of google page rank at the follow link:


The original page rank algorithm. It's much more complicated now. ** Rolls eyes **

Why is Page Rank Important?

Or is it important?

It depends on who you ask. For commercial websites, professional bloggers and career webmasters, being on top of google search results is vital. Having that kind of exposure pretty much puts food on the table.

For us hobby bloggers, however, page rank is just a piece of mind. Or a good way to attract advertisers, so that we can earn extra income, and someday quit our 9-to-5 jobs and become professional bloggers.


How to Check Your Page Rank?

There are many places to do this. PR (Page Rank) Checker (click here) is a good tool to use.

Unfortunately, Girlie Blog Seattle only has a page rank of 2 (10 is the highest, btw), but I'm trying to increase it.

How to Increase Your Page Rank?

If you search the internet, you will find a plethora of suggestions on how to increase your page rank. You should do whatever works for you. My personal favorites are the following:

Write Quality Content 

No one wants to read crap. If you write helpful, in-depth and highly sought-after content, others will link back to you.


Connect with other bloggers in the same niche. Actively comment on their posts.

Networking is the reason why I switched my comment system to CommentLuv. The default comment system on blogger, as well as other comment systems out there, do not allow DoFollow backlinks.

(DoFollow backlinks tell google to count links to your website as weighted links. Leaving a url on other comment systems only gives you a NoFollow backlink, which google counts as insignificant, and won't help your page rank.)

I personally feel that if you take the time to read my post, and leave meaningful feedback, you should receive a legitimate backlink.

Guest Post on Other Blogs

Writing guest posts on high ranking blogs not only gains you backlinks, but also gives you exposure to wider audience. Again, make sure the content is really good.

Submit Your Blog to Directories

Blog directories are great places to get noticed.

Use Social Networking

Places like facebook, twitter and pinterest are loved by search engines, and can help advertise your blog.

For more suggestions on how to increase page rank, please check out this site:

Okay girlies. I am FINALLY done.


Do you check your page rank?


Do you have any suggestions on how to increase page rank?


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