Google Page Rank 3 for a Website with no Content: Case Study

Google Page Rank Case Study
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SEO is something which you learn with experience and it’s more of trial and error method. Many things which I have learned with time and one of them is long tail keywords work better and more over backlinks created via commenting helps you a lot.

update: Google page rank is gone. Instead look at another factor call domain authority

Here I have played with some new project and wanted to see if I can create page rank for that blog without working much. As a test project I started with creating backlinks just by commenting and nothing else.

The domain which I’m talking about is which is going to be my next project for some service.

Domain Details:

  • Domain bought on: 19/02/2010
  • Domain Page rank as of Sep 27th 2010: 3
  • Domain name:
  • Website Platform: WordPress
  • Theme: Genesis WordPress theme
  • No. of Posts- 0

So this domain was bought almost 7 months back and at the time of writing it has a page rank of 3 with total no. of posts= 0. I know it sounds really amazing but this Page rank 3 is a result of this SEO test.

The idea is by blog commenting. Blog commenting is one of the best way to drive traffic and build backlinks for your domain. In this case I commented on many High PR blogs and especially one using top commentator or recent commentator WordPress plugin. This resulted to drive backlinks from some High PR sites and within a month (last PR update), that new domain Page rank increased to 3 from 0.

Page Rank and Traffic:

This is most common myth that page rank helps you to drive traffic and this is not true. Imagine the above-mentioned blog have PR 3 and you must be expecting at least 100-1000 visits a day. But the fact is at this moment this new domain doesn’t have even 50 traffic/month.

Other Steps which I followed:

  • Used SEO optimized WordPress theme
  • Created Sitemap for Blog
  • Submitted Sitemap to Google, Bing, Yahoo
  • Added Meta tags, meta keywords
  • Onsite SEO optimization of WordPress


Commenting helps you a lot in gaining Page rank and building backlinks. If you build high-quality backlinks, chances are high to get a page rank within next PR update.

I also recommend checking SEO checklist .

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

106 thoughts on “Google Page Rank 3 for a Website with no Content: Case Study”

  1. Aniruddha_Kies

    Nice case study. But is this possible even after the new algorithm implementation? It is surprising to hear that a site with no content getting PR3. In the coming days it might get fixes. Atleast hope like that.

  2. I think, though it is important that commenting makes some importance to Google, but not as much as it was before. Google thinks like a human, and judges everything like human. It has developed its on page SEO logics so much, and anything unusual or unnatural will be caught up. It take care of onpage seo so much than incoming link now.

  3. A blog with 0 posts and page rank 3! Unbelievable. Hearing it for first time.

    Thanks for sharing your case study which unveils the importance of commenting on other blogs. I thought it would be quite difficult to get a page rank. Now I too can hope a page rank. Thanks to ur case study.

  4. Harsh can you tell me one thing that it blog comments which are usually no follow links.Never considered by google and not effect seo so how could it be possible to rank with commenting as all are no follow.Please tell me so that i can use on my domain as well.

  5. @Harsh,

    Its really amazing tips. Thanks for it.

    but, other nice thing is knowing you are providing wordpress SEO service to others also. We are a company doing wp themes for clients, hope will work togther in near future.:)

  6. Hearing lots of contradicting statements after Google introduced new algorithm don’t know whether it is actually possible!! Right now this page rank shows 2.
    But really interesting when there are blogs having 100s of posts and PR0 and here 0 post and PR3!!!

  7. This is possible way back 4 years ago before the start of panda and penguin updates. If you think it will today then I will bet all I have if you can make you site from unrank to PR3 in just less than a year. That’s a very impossible thing to do if you will just follow your tricks.

  8. Seems to be interesting when i read the article Title.Moral is do maximum backlinks to get Better PR for your Domain. Nice Case study dude

  9. Very interesting. But is it still possible to get a page rank now because I heard that Google is no more updating page rank?

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      You are right about Google not updating Page rank anymore. So it won’t help you to get Google PR, but it will still help you in faster indexing & may be few links.

  10. I like the way you wrote the article, however, I still think there’s a bit more to it than you’ve provided. I see your website has a good alexa ranking is there something else you’re doing to generate good backlinks?

  11. since google doesn’t update the pagerank anymore, so how a new website have a google pagerank ? is make a backlink to high PR still works ?

  12. Hello Harsh:

    Well done with the article and your experiment. I’d like to ask a few questions which I was a bit confused about and need clarification:

    What could have made the site in question ( now have a reduced PR (now PR2) compared to when you said you had nothing on it but got a PR of 3?

    Also, I’m confused about the subheading:

    “Other Steps which I followed:”

    Used SEO optimized WordPress theme
    Created Sitemap for Blog
    Submitted Sitemap to Google, Bing, Yahoo
    Added Meta tags, meta keywords
    Onsite SEO optimization of WordPress

    If there were no posts at the time your domain was PR3 what were you then optimizing?

    Thank you for all the efforts on this site – I’m gonna bookmark it!


  13. Google Page rank is dead now. But commenting is very good source to popular a blog or sites forever. You writing style awesome..Do you have available time for SEO job Still now?

  14. Very nice information.thanks for sharing…it’s looks easiest method to increase page rank.commenting is so powerful and easy way to get backlinks..

  15. this is my 1st comment here, but weired thing is that my 60% of work is inspired by shoutmeloud.
    So i should thanks harsh for this ultimate blog.
    Now, i am trying to write a SEO compatible post. But not getting result in Google. I have usage keywords in URL, title and post , also usage keyword in all image alt tag also usage out bond link . And i have also chosen low competitive keyword as “interesting animal facts” , which has 900 competition, but not getting result in Google, can any one suggest me what to do but i have not build a single backlinks.
    Can anyone suggest me what to do.

  16. Prashant raman chauhan


    I am new to link building. I need to know if comment posting can really boost your page domain authority and pagerank. Your post seems to suggest likewise.How to find comment forum to post for backlinks?


  17. Hello
    i am new in SEO. I have very few knowledge about to get traffic on your website. my google pr is n/a, here you talk about create backlinks of your website. But i unable to find those website to comment there with my website link. can you suggest me how to find this kind of website where i can leave a comment for creating backlinks.

  18. Shoutmeloud keeps popping up in all of my SEO research and questions. We are new to the web of things and have only written 8 posts so far, but I’ve got big plans for this website and many to follow. Thanks for the support with your posts. I will check out the update on Domain Authority as well.

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