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More Simple and Easy SEO to Increase Your Pagerank

Some time ago, I signed up for a nifty little service called Pagerankster. It’s a free service that provides you with email alerts when your PageRank changes. I had almost forgotten I had signed up, until I received an alert this morning that GeekLad reached PageRank 5! went from no PageRank to a PageRank 3 within less than 30 days.  Although I hadn’t written a blog post about it, the site also managed to reach PageRank 4 within three months.  I think the main reason I was able to hit PageRank 5 was by taking a page out of the book of my good friend at Blog Traffic Exchange.

I thought that reaching PageRank 3 in less than 30 days was pretty cool, but Blog Traffic Exchange managed to hit PageRank 5 in less than 30 days!  How did he do it?  It’s a pretty stupid simple but ingenious strategy.

He simply developed a few nice WordPress plugins that would display backlinks to his site on blogs that would install them. One thing that is great about this strategy is that it’s much easier than mutual blogrolling.  There’s no having to send “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” type emails. Your back gets scratched when people install your plugin and you don’t have to scratch back.

The other great thing about this strategy is the same thing that makes mutual blogrolling so great. You receive a backlink from every page on the blog in which it is installed.  I decided to try my hand at putting together a PageRank widget plugin (you’ll see it on all my pages).  I shamelessly put a link to the plugin page on the widget, and it wasn’t long before the backlinks started flowing in.

Generating backlinks to a blog is really quite simple, and it doesn’t take all that much effort to quickly improve your PageRank.  Here are some of the things I suggest you try:

Of course PageRank isn’t the be-all and end-all for achieving high-ranking results in search engine result pages (SERPs).  Owen from The Linux Blog made an interesting comment about better results on SERPs with a lower PageRank.  His PageRank has bounced around a bit, and although it is lower, his blog is syndicated in many places which he believes has helped him to achieve a higher ranking in the SERPs.

I’d say that for the most part, the strategies I’ve discussed and have used are relatively straight-forward.   It is really common sense more than anything, but I’m not so sure that many people use blogrolling and plugins as primary strategies for SEO.  As Voltaire says, “common Sense is not so common.”  I will continue to share my observations on SEO as I come across new strategies.  Stay tuned.

20 thoughts on “More Simple and Easy SEO to Increase Your Pagerank”

  1. Yeah the easiest way to increase your pagerank is to contribute something to the community. Wheter it means plug-ins, movies or pictures doesn't matter. What matters is people using your material and giving you credit for it.

  2. I agree – contributing stuff is a great way of finding new readers and increasing you PR. Not only people will remember and respect you but they'll also link to you (which means higher position in search engine results).

    1. If you don't know how to program WordPress plugins or plugins for other blogging platforms, if you know basic HTML you can provide HTML code to others to display a badge on their site to promote yours. Perhaps just a simple image link with your logo. Just be sure to provide some relevant text for the link. That is always worth a shot.

      Another method you can try is to seek blogs that do not use the nofollow tag in the comments. If you use Firefox as your browser, you can try the NoDoFollow addon to quickly determine if a blog is using the nofollow tag.

      If you use the NoDoFollow addon and you see comment author links highlighted red, it means they are nofollow. That means they will not help you get precious backlinks that will help you with the search engines. Otherwise, you will have to view the HTML code and check the comment links to see if they are nofollow links.

      Unfortunately, blogs that do not use nofollow tags tend to be few and far between, but there are some out there. One interesting strategy you could try is to search for U Comment I Follow badges on blogs. If you combine that with the Firefox plugin I mentioned, you may be able to find a few blogs that do not use nofollow with minimal effort.

  3. Congrats on the PR increase. Nice to see your contribution to the WordPress community paid off. We try to optimize our onsite seo and then participate in linking strategies to improve search engine rankings.

  4. To increase pagerank you should look at increasing the volume of inbound links and keeping your content unique, your content is really fresh and if you keep it this way your blog will always get interest that ultimately increases your pagerank.

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