Google PR which is probably an over rated terms and going to be in the mind of many bloggers for few days, as Google made a major PR update in the month of November 2012. Google last PR update was in August and we have been expecting an update in the month of November. Google is maintaining a constant gap of 3 months been PR updates and this time it’s another major PR update.
I have been looking forward for this update, as I started few new niche blogs and wanted to see how Google is treating it. For ShoutMeLoud, Google PR is still 4 and there is not much change in the PR of my all other blogs. Here is a screenshot of PR for my blogs in November 2012 Page rank update:
I could clearly see PR drop for some of my not so active blogs and this is mostly because of no back link building and very few natural backlinks and Social sharing. In last Page rank update, One blog which I recently started working on, it got page rank 3 in a month work. That’s something which I was not expecting in this update. Anyhow, it was a surprise and Google surprises are always welcome.
Though one thing which you should know, PR has nothing to do with Blog traffic and a Website with 0 PR can get more traffic than a Website with PR 4-5. Though, having a Good PR is always a good idea as it means your blog is being seen as Good blog in Google’s eye and link going out from your Website will have more link juice value.
Google PR Updates in 2012:
- 6th Feb 2012
- 3rd May 2012
- 2nd August 2012
- 8th November 2012
Here is a screenshot of my blog network page rank in May 2012 Update:
You can compare and note the PR difference from last one. First page rank update of 2012 happened in Feb 6th 2012. Here is a screenshot of change in my PR in Google February PR update:
How PR Update works and How Often?
Google Page rank is measured on 1-10 scale and 10 being the highest. Google rate a page on many factors like Page quality, backlinks to page and many others and updates page rank once in 3-4 months. There is no official date for next PR update, but they usually roll out an update in 3-4 months time.
If you have not checked your page rank, you can check PR of multiple site by following the guide in this post: How to check Page rank in bulk
Here is a video from Matt cutts which explains how PR update works and how often Google updates page rank.
From my experience, backlinks help a lot to get initial page rank 1-2 but later on to get high PR, domain age, quality of backlinks and many other factors come into the picture.
How to update your Google PR today?
My bad with misleading title, but what I meant is you need to work from today to get a decent or an amazing Page rank. You have to work on many factors and I will briefly explain them:
Build tons of quality backlinks:
You might see people saying, backlink is dead and it’s only quality content that matters. Don’t believe them. Even quality content needs some recognition in terms of quality backlinks. Now, it’s up to you how you are generating backlinks and up to what quality. Getting backlinks from same niche blog is always a plus point. Write viral content, and let people find and link it to naturally. If you are just a news Blogger, find a freelancer to do a WordPress Theme, or plugin for you and enjoy backlinks.
When you build backlinks, here are some of the most recommended method:
There are many more, which you can read on 101 ways to create backlinks.
It’s important to have a SEO optimized blog. What I meant is,you should properly use noindex and nofollow tag attributes to control the flow of links. Try not to keep more than 100 outbound links in a page.You can also consider getting Thesis theme, which is a SEO optimized theme.
Here are some more quick tips for getting ranking in next PR update:
- Comment on other blogs
- Write Guest posts
- Submit sitemap to Google
- Submit Feed to Feed directories
- Submit blog to Social bookmarking sites
- Proper SEO structure
- Register your domain for longer period (3-4) year.
- Don’t sell Links
Here is a video in which Matt Cutts, explain what could be possible reasons for PR drop:
How is November 8th Page rank update turns out to be for you? Have you seen any change in PR? Also, share any special technique to increase your page rank in next update? Anyways, I’m expecting next update to be around February 2013. Share you reaction on our Facebook thread.