This post was written by Matt Jones, the author of Blogging Fingers
As I’m sure you know it’s that amusing time of year when the displayable Google Page Rank is about to be updated and bloggers run about like headless chickens making sure everything is ready. There are always those that mock the bloggers who get over hyped up about the update, but deep down we all know they are exited too. It’s like a special Christmas just for bloggers and webmasters to enjoy.
I decided to ask, “What have you done to prepare” over at the BlogLight.ning forum where I received some interesting responses.
“I’ve done a lot of commenting on high PR ‘dofolllow’ blogs, and I’ve made sure to keep posting every possible day, often more than once.”
Jeremy Hobbs, who is hoping for a PR3 or above.
“I wrote some good articles that caught some attention links, I did a few link exchanges a while ago and also got mentioned in some high PR websites .”
CristianR, who is hoping for a PR4 or above.
“The only thing that I have really done is participate in a few memes/trains that were making the rounds. To pay the favor back to others, I’ve continued with my weekly Speedlinking feature to spread the link love out to other blogs as well.”
Derek Semmler, who is hoping for a PR5.
What Have I done?
- Purchased a single PR5 link, but only because it was an absolute bargain. I don’t normally buy any links.
- Taken part in Probloggers group writing project, which is a great opportunity to gain links, traffic share knowledge and discover new blogs.
- Posting at the Digital Point Forums, with a link to Blogging Fingers and BlogLight.ning in my sig. Forum sigs are worth little in the eyes of Google but it’s a good way to spend those idle moments.
- Continued the same strategy as usual. Guest Blogging has been a key part of this and so has ‘networking’ and making blogging contacts.
A Note about Page Rank Agreements
It seems that every 3 months when the Page Rank update comes about, people start squawking about how it does not increase traffic and we shouldn’t get so obsessed with it. There’s always 1 person who ‘cleverly’ points out that PR is constantly being updated behind the scenes anyway.
While I agree obsessing over a single statistic (or any statistics) is a bad thing, its a fact that the higher your displayable page rank you have the more you can charge when selling sidebar links, in post links, reviews or even when selling the entire blog. Other than traffic, Page Rank is the most important factor in deciding how much money can be made from your blog.
What have you done to prepare?