What is Google Page Rank?

military shoulder rank as compared to google page rankTo help you understand the concept of the google page rank you need to know what are ranks. Ranks are used in military, defense, police and troops all over the world. In such manner the power and authority is divided among all soldiers and officers. Every member of an organization, such as in the army has a special symbol attached to their uniform that identifies their rank.

Superior officers has ranks in their shoulder as stars. My father is a police officer so I know quite a lot about ranks, stars an badges. This is the only visual way to quickly identify a soldier’s seniority.

In military it takes years of service, heroic efforts, track records, some recommendation and maybe some links. Generally a soldier or an officer will advance ranks just 3-4 times in a career. It is very rare for someone to be demoted to an inferior rank, but it is possible.

If we take that concept on the internet there is a rank called the google page rank (Named after Larry Page, co-founder of the website). So the guys at google thought why not setup a system which will rank websites according to how many links they have.

A link or a backlink is like a vote. For an example here I linked to google -if you click on it you will go to their website. This is called a backlink.

Links are the main currency in the web world and google gives more importance to those sites that have more quality backlinks pointing to them. The more backlinks you have, the better chances you will get to achieve page rank. But over the years the page rank technology has been changed heavily. Now page rank is calculated with the number quality backlinks pointing at your website.

Here is a picture which will help you to understand the basic concept of the page rank technology.

what is google page rank in picture

On the picture, imagine that, all of the colored balls are websites. The big yellow ball is Google. All of the sites are linking to google that’s why it has become bigger and have higher page rank. The green smaller balls are new sites and have no links pointing to them, so they have no page rank. The big yellow ball is pointing to the red ball which has no other backlinks but still it has achieved a bigger status just because a far bigger website has linked to it. This is just a basic image of page rank, and the actual image may blow up your mind.

To check the page rank of your website visit this page. Now you can see the page rank of your website. If your site is new you may have a N/A over there.

google page rank check

Blogs or websites don’t get page ranks, only the web address(www.yoursite.com) gets page rank. Its not that difficult to get a page rank. When I started my first blog few years ago it took only 3 months to get Page Rank 3 from 0. When I transformed the address to my own domain, it started all over again with No page rank.

There are 12 status of google page ranks, it starts from No Page Rank, then page rank 0 to page rank 10. The higher is better. The more ‘quality’ links you have the better rankings you will get.

Page Rank is Not That Important

Please remember that, having a big page rank doesn’t means that this site is better. People can pay money to buy links and get a higher page rank. In blogging, first you should focus on your articles and the quality of your blog and the ranks will come automatically.

Over the last couple of years the toolbar page rank has been changed a lot and right now it is no longer an important aspect in SEO. At the moment getting a page rank of 4 is way much harder than it was 5 years ago. This is only because google does not values every backlink that your page has. Some new changes of the google algorithm gives your site negative values for gaining links aggressively or spammy ways.

Page rank may not be important now days but it is still one of the 200 search ranking factors of google. Also it is still a good pricing factor for websites. In auction sites such as Sedo.com, a websites with a high page rank will sell for higher prices.

How Do I Get More Page Rank?

You will still want to get a good page rank because it’s one of those shiny things that will make you feel special. One thing is sure, the page rank does not works like 1,2,3,4.. instead it works like xx2 x3 x4 and so on. This means if it took 1 link to get to page rank of 1. It will take 10 links to get to PR2 and then it will take 100 to get to the next level -you get the idea.

Don’t be upset, there is a way around for this too! You can get a link from a page that has a high page rank. So you will get some link juice to your website. Get one more link from another high value page and you will get some more link juice.

So the equation is simple, in order to get more page rank, you need to obtain more links. You can go for large number of small value links or few number of high value links -the choice is yours.

So start building some incoming links to your website and after a few months on the next page rank update you will see some positive changes to your website page rank.

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How to make readership? Commenting on other blogs

In blogging, visitors are the main fuel of your success. The ultimate goal for any blog would be to have maximum readers in their blog. Readers are not the people who will come to your blog and go away. They are the people who will come to your blog regularly and like to come back. If you desire to have lots of visitors, you will get them. But don’t just work for visitors, look for readers.

The easy way to find readers is to search on google for other blogs. If you are blogging about mobile phones, search about mobile phone blogs in google. Now go to the blog and interact with readers. The best way to do this is to leave interesting comments on their articles. You can learn about the things the blogger has done to his blog. Be nice and introduce yourself. Make regular comments; not just any comments, leave useful comments. In this way the readers will come to your blog to see what you have to offer and the blog owner will come and contact you too.

As you learn more, keep coming and I will share more ways to make readership

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Setting up a Technorati accoung for your blog

Update: Technorati blog rank has been discontinued.

You have learned about many search engines and accounts after you started blogging. Here is a special search engine that is specially designed for blogs. Technorati is a popular blog search engine. You can list your blog at technorati and can get an impressive amount of traffic.

Technorati uses backlinks to any blogs to determine the importance of a blog. Not just any blog, they only count quality blogs with who have a nice background in their system. The users can also add your blog as their technorati favorites. The links you are getting from other blogs are called blog reactions and technorati will give you a special ranking called the ‘Authority‘. Your authority point will depend on the quality of reactions and by the number of faves you get.

Go to technorati and sign up for a free account. Now your blog may be already been listed on their system, to take total control over it, you have to ‘Claim your blog.’ Once you are signed in, click to claim a blog to begin. Add your blog address which you want to claim in technorati.
Now here will be two options, choose Quick claim.

Now you will find a form to entre the username and the password of your blog. Technorati will automatically detect the platform of your blog and ask the information to make sure that this blog is yours.

Add your blogger account User-name and the Password and continue.
You will now get a ‘congratulations‘ message and now you have to put some more informations about your blog. Fill out the blog description and other details.

You can also add related tags that nicely describes your blog and the topic which will help in search terms.

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What to blog about and some basic things to know about

Now that you have a blog, this question would come up to your mind that what should you blog about? Why are you asking this to me? Ask yourself. You know what to blog about better than me. For blogging you have to choose the topic you are good at. The topic could be music, technology, science or may be computers. There are lots of things to blog about. Some people even blog about their life.

Please don’t blog about any topic which you found others are blogging too. Blog about the thing/ subject you like and can blog forever. Please remember, once you choose a topic, you have to blog about it forever. You can’t change it or else you will not succeed in it. Just answer the question, “What is your hobby?” If it is games, then blog about games, if cricket, then blog about it.

These are the terms which are used on blogging and their meanings,

  • Visior = A person who have visited your blog
  • Hit = A single amount of visitor
  • Unique visitor = A person who have visited the page once in 24 hours
  • Page view = Number of pages viewed
  • Traffic = Visitors/ Hits etc
  • Search Engine = Google, Yahoo etc
  • SEO = Search Engine Optimization, The strategy behind a successful site
  • URL = Web address
  • Monetize = Money making strategy
  • Social Bookmarking = Adding a URL in social sites
  • RSS/ Feed = Really Simple Syndication
  • Backlink/ Linkback = A page linked from another site/ page
  • Blogroll = A list of blogs/ sites on a page
  • Front page = The main page of a blog
  • Sidebar = The side that contains links etc
  • HTML = Hyper Text Markup Language, The code behind a site
  • Java Script = Code written in Java language
  • Widget = Web gadget
  • Podcast = Audio blog
  • Vblog/ Vlog = Video blog
  • Rank = The position of a website in serch engines
  • Posts = The single article on a blog

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First things first, How to start a blog?

It’s a simple question how to start a blog? Blogs are a special sort of website and there are many companies are out there who are providing free blogs with tools and hosting. It’s almost a very easy step to start a blog. Just go to your provider’s website and register. Fill out the required informations and your blog is online!

Now you can ask me, where to find a good provider? There are many blog providers on the internet, the most trusted and better providers are, WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, LiveJournal etc.

This blog and my first blog, tamalanwar.com is setup under Blogger and they are a great service provider. You can choose for a paid service from WordPress.org blog which will cost you, $10 (700 tk) and additional charge for the hosting.

If you want to go for a free plan, then you could go for blogger or wordpress.com. If you sign up for a free blog, then your blog address will be yourname.provider.com. Like if you choose blogger, the address will be: yourname.blogspot.com.

With blogger, a bonus option is that, if you ever wanted to transform it into a real paid domain like yourname.com, blogger will allow you to do that. If you really desired to become a professional blogger, you have to own your domain like I did to my blog, tamalanwar.com.

But having a subdomain like yourname.blogspot.com is not bad and it will not effect on your blogging. You could visit Antonio’s blog, woork.blogspot.com. He is having 6000 daily visitors in his blog and earning more than $1000 from his blog alone. I’m sure you will start your own blog now and if you have already own one, start blogging!

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