Are you ready for the PageRank (PR) update of 2009? Or you may ask, will there be any PageRank Update this last quarter of 2008? I saw in the feedjit of my other blog that a lot of people came there searching about page rank updates. Maybe the questions they have in mind revolve around one thing: How to Improve Page Rank.
If we are following the trend of these PR updates, we should expect a toolbar update late next month or early next year. Google does it more or less once every three months. The previous update was at the end of September wherein this site got ranked. Yeah, a mere PR1!
If they’ll have another round of update in 2008, then the 2009 round will be towards the end of the first quarter. You may also try predicting you future pagerank. Go to pagerankprediction.com and check your URL. I cannot vouch for its accuracy though because it shows different results for www., http://www., and http://. Even my other blog shows a not so good and inconsistent prediction. And from that prediction (even how inaccurate it is), develop your strategy to improve your page rank.
Given more or less 45 days to improve your PR, what should you do? Two things actually: Gain Backlinks and Save PR juice.
1. Create High Quality Content – When readers talk about the information you give, they usually link you back, and share that useful information to others.
2. Submit your site to web directories – There are free web directories out there. Though they may not be a good source of traffic, the high PR ones can at least give you the backlink you need.
3. Ask friends to link your site in theirs – Ah, this is easy! But they might feel bad if you won’t link theirs.
4. Put a link to your site as a signature in the forums you joined – This is applicable when they allow html in the signature portion. If not, put the link directly in your post, when necessary. But avoid spamming or you’ll get banned.
5. Reward readers to link to you – Did I write bribe? Make a contest and ask participants to link to you. A lot of people are doing this. Participants won’t really care about your ulterior motive as long as you have attractive prizes.
6. Comment on sites with Dofollow – The original intention of this is to reward commenters with a link juice. Take advantage of this, but leave well-thought-of comments. Don’t spam.
7. Persuade sites with high PR to link to you – The persuasion is up to you. Go back to no. 1.
8. Too much link in such a short period of time can backfire – Search engines reward hard work and punish the crafty evildoer. As much as possible, gain natural/organic backlinks.
Save PR Juice
1. Avoid too many outbound links – Google doesn’t want you to give out too many links, lest they suspect your site to be a link farm. If you doubt the site you linked to, add the rel=”nofollow” to your html tag.
2. Don’t link to banned sites – You should know what these banned sites are. Check also the footer of your free themes, as they may contain links to a banned site.
3. Avoid linking to unrelated sites – This could get you banned. Now, I have to think what is an unrelated site to a general blog like this one. If you’ve done paid posts in the past and got spanked, maybe it’s now time to restructure your blog in time for the next page rank update.
It is easy to achieve a PR3 in less than 90 days. I’ve done it twice, but not for this Busby SEO Test site. I got a few people linking to me since I joined the 2nd Busby World Cup, so there is a chance that I’ll get a better page rank come update time.
On the other hand, be careful that your site is up and running when the robot from Mountain View, California visits your site. You might not get an update despite the hard work you’ve put up.
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