Fast and Simple SEO to Increase from PageRank 0

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.

PageRank 0 to 3 in Under 30 Days

Less than a month ago, I set out to create this blog.  GeekLad was “born” on September 3, 2008.  Although I had learned quite a bit about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) when I created my personal finance blog back in January, I’ve learned quite a bit more with my launch of GeekLad.  I’ve been keeping a close eye on my PageRank and tonight I was pleasantly shocked to learn it has already hit three!  I think it was many months before WealthBoy ever hit PR3.  I’d like to share with you some of the things I’ve learned over the course of the past month, and perhaps touch on some of the things that I believe that have helped me to reach a PageRank of 3 in less than 30 days.

WordPress Plugins

If you’re a fan of any one of my plugins, please do feel free to leave a donation. Thanks!

Alternate Recent Posts Widget
Out of necessity (because I could not find an alternative), I wrote my first WordPress plugin.  It provides a recent posts widget  that works exactly the same as the built-in Recent Posts widget, except that it does not display posts that are already displayed within the main page content.

I did not like the way the default Recent Posts Widget would duplicate posts, so I hacked it to remove duplicate content. After having hacked it, I decided it would be nice to package it as a plugin since other people may have the same problem with the default Recent Posts widget.

PageRank Widget
My PageRank Widget plugin displays a badge with PageRank info. You can either display the PageRank information for the entire website ( or individual pages (

Free eBay Store
The Free eBay Store allows you to easily embed eBay products within blog posts, pages, or even display them within a widget. It’s a great free alternative to some of the other products out there that people are charging money for.

Amazon Niche Store
The Amazon Niche Store was inspired by my Free eBay Store, and in fact much of the plugin code was borrowed from it. It works very similar to the Free eBay Store, but rather than display products offered on eBay it displays products offered on

The Amazon Niche Store has been superseded by:

Free WordPress Store for Amazon Associates
The Free WordPress Store for Amazon Associates turns your blog into a customizable display of Amazon products. Product pages are automatically generated for you as regular WordPress pages, allowing you to customize the detailed description of the products you wish to feature. It also includes shopping cart functionality, providing a better and more integrated experience for your site visitors.

Google AdSense and Google Analytics Remover WordPress Plugin
If you work on your blog a lot, you’re probably generating unwanted Google AdSense and Google Analytics impressions. This plugin will prevent AdSense and Analytics code from being loaded, so that you do not adversely affect your websites statistics.