I was very surprised when I learned that I had quickly increased to a PageRank of 3 within less than 30 days of having created this blog. A few weeks later, I reflected upon some of the things that may have contributed to improving my PageRank. More recently, I came across some additional information that may actually provide the real reason I rose so quickly.
So what is the secret to going from a PageRank 0 to 3 in less than 30 days? It’s actually quite simple. Have your site added to a blogroll on a site with PageRank. The incoming links from the blogroll must not be nofollow links, otherwise they will not contribute to your PageRank.
Notice I said simple, not easy. If you already have a blog with PageRank or a very good friend that has a PageRanked blog, then it is simple and easy. If not, go out and make some friends. I added GeekLad to my blogroll on WealthBoy, and I believe it is the number one factor in what increased my PageRank so quickly.
Last month, I developed a Greasemonkey script for providing nofollow information in Google Webmaster Tools. I took a look at the incoming links for http://geeklad.com and what I found was very interesting. There were only a handful of incoming links (that were not nofollow) to my site that had a PageRank, and the majority of them coming from WealthBoy. There were only three other inbound links that were not nofollow, had PageRank, and did not come from WealthBoy:
In all, I have 15 inbound links that are not nofollow with PR 1-3. I have 154 inbound links that are PR 0 that are not nofollow. Of the 154 inbound links, only 29 of them are coming from sites other than WealthBoy. I think this is all very compelling evidence that all it takes to increase your PageRank quickly is to be placed on the blogroll of a site with PageRank.
When I came to the realization as to why my PageRank increased so quickly, it did take some of the wind out of my sails. It wasn’t due to all the time and effort I spent in developing lots of useful and relevant information. It was because I took 10 seconds to add myself to my blogroll on another blog.
However, it was an important discovery to make and share. I was compelled to find the answer, and in the process I’ve learned a lot about search engine optimization. I also developed a useful tool for nofollow link analysis.
I’m also working on a server-side tool. It will allow people that do not use FireFox and Greasemonkey to perform external link analysis as well. The server-side tool I’m working on helped me perform the analysis I shared here, but it is not yet ready for production. You can be certain that I will share it with the masses as soon as it is ready.