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I think that PR is more important now with the changes in the algo, so, other than the places that I've mentioned, where are the very best places to pick up PR.
PS I've noticed that one of the sies that has recently risen to the top of my particular pile appears to have magically created its own PageRank by carefull cross linking of hundreds, perhaps thousands of pages on related sites all controlled by the same company. So much for dupe filtering.
Not to sound like a jerk, but why would anyone tell their secrets of gaining PR other than saying dmoz, yahoo and paid advertising links.
Hark I here a **** calling! Joke spoiled by admin edit.
So that's it then. I've missed nothing the top ten places are exactly what I'm doing now.
I thought folks might tell me to get back to basics and grow my own. See "Phil Craven's article Google's PageRank Explained and how to make the most of it" just search for Google pagerank explained.
Or maybe point up some good places to sponsor for a cost effective boost.
Shh! The secret is there's no secrets!
[edited by: Hissingsid at 5:50 pm (utc) on Dec. 15, 2003]
If you really think high PR is important (which I consider questionable)
The reason that I think that it is becomming more important is two fold:
1. In my niche what is left in the top 10 appears to be crap ranked by PR.
2. Logically if the algo shift for so called filtered terms removes a chunk of something then it must increase the weight of other factors. I'm just postulating that allinanchor is down weighted and PR is upweighted for "filtered" terms.
I may be clutching at straws but I figure that even if I'm wrong a bit more PR shouldn't do any harm.
I do recomend that folks go and read that article I mentioned earlier. There is quite a good recipe for funneling a sites PR to one or a few pages.
Here I agree. Following this logic through, since this is an uncertain proposition, you should be thinking of ways to maximize the PR flowing to your site at minimal or no cost. That way if you have guessed wrong you won't lose much. I would recommend that you start thinking "outside the box" a bit, and think about how to do this that most people haven't figured out yet.
I think the best place to pick up PR apart from links from PR 6 and above sites is E papers. Write some interesting articles on your subject and submit and get them "printed" in any of the electronic versions of the newspapers. If you are lucky google news will pick it up as well.
If I check my own area the competition that sit at the top of the tree all have press links coming into them.
This also raises the obvious although less ethical method of look at your competitors incoming links and be there or better too.
*Sig buried out in the desert with Hoffa*
Thanks for the great advice!
If you haven't already read it I would recommend reading Phil Craven's article "Google's PageRank Explained". I've always tried to be careful in my site structure but had not previously realised how important number of pages and structure within the site was to focusing PageRank on one or a few pages in your site.
A new site has just gone into my main target search term at number one from nowhere today. It looks like they buy PageRank by sponsoring unrelated student association web pages which often benefit from being part of academic institutions. I guess that I may be seeing a first pass of recalculating PR.
Looks like a good back door to PR to me.
PS I'm not suggesting that there is a direct link between the co-incidence noted above, just thought it was a good idea to gain back links from high PR sites at low cost.
some are getting more than 5 million impressions a day.
Worth playing with if you can afford the kind of server resources to handle it.
Reminds me of that Matrix Table Tennis thing that did the rounds on email.
The guy that was hosting it got a bill from his ISP for something like $8k. He didn't realise the sheer volume of traffic that was heading his way (it was an mpeg video mind).
I remember the sudden deluge of adverts that got stuck up on there as soon as the traffic level was discovered. Shame they made such a balls-up of it though.
You are beginning to catch on to what I meant by thinking outside the box, grasshopper. ;) I effectively managed that recently by accident when a reporter cited at the end of a news report added a link to one of my sites as an authoratative resource. A news syndication service picked up that report, and it appeared on a number of news sites. Which are now showing as backlinks. :) Another example of thinking outside of the box is the notion of getting links from teenagers with homepages with solid PR I have mentioned before. This is easy to do, if you put a little effort into it. If you think solid PR links are what is important (personally, I have doubts), then you have to seek out links from such pages.
I've got a PR 7 page that no longer ranks well unless you search for
'furry blue widget -aquamarine +bolivia -camel' :(
- I'll stick a link to your site on it if you wish!
(Serious offer - I might as well!)
p.s. Is this 'grasshopper' thing a term of endearment?
Dunno about PR, but biz.com is bar far the best $99 I ever spent. But I suppose it depends on the industry you are in.
This is an interesting point. In the real (rather than non-real?) Internet world - no sensible person would criticise a company for attempting to raise its profile, by whatever legitimate means available. In the 'real' world, companies do it all the time. In the UK you can appear in the Yellow Pages, or Thompson Directory. You pay for these 'links'. The only difference is that they are in print. You can even decide how much to pay to increase your profile.
There's nothing new about an active, intelligent, driven young organisation seeking to increase its profile in a medium. It's a shame that this has taken on an almost moral element. That is, if a small company was previously doing well in Google's commercial SERPs, it was somehow spamming.