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I'm not an expert webmaster, but over some time I've added quite a lot of useful content on certain widgets on some of my websites. I receive some backlinks but not too much, as I'm not too fond of spending too much time writing people to exchange links etc...
Now, is it normal, for example, for a 6 months old domain name with useful content, to still have a 0 pagerank? How could i get this up to a decent level without cheating or fooling my visitors?
I'm so confused, I just found out about the pagerank thing today, and it's very dissapointing to see such low pageranks on some of my domains.... :(
Thanks in advance for your responses, if this question isn't supposed to be here, please, feel free to delete this topic or move it to its appropriate place.
If you're in this for the long run, ask for links only from sites related to your topic, and grant links only to good related sites that will genuinely interest and benefit your visitors. Then keep building content. "If you build it, they will come," and you will no longer have to ask for incoming links, they will just happen. Of course, that means that the content has to be unique and found to be of genuinely-high quality by a jury of your peers -- fellow Webmasters who will link to you because of it.
PR isn't everything, and some say it's an an increasingly-minor ranking factor. Add to that the fact that 'toolbar PR' is recalculated and updated only infrequently (what you see in the toolbar is 30 to 90 days old much of the time), and its value as a metric is further decreased. The 'High-PR links for sale' sites forced G to re-think the weighting of PR in calculating search rankings.
Lots of links from related sites help to establish you as an authority. Links to related high-quality sites establish your site as a hub. Both of these attributes are valued by the search engines, and unique content is valued by visitors and other Webmasters alike. I see those as the three legs of basic site quality; if one is shorter than the others, the site won't stand up straight. If one is missing, it'll fall over.
I'm not an expert webmaster, but
I'm so confused, I just found out about the pagerank thing todaydon't worry about it. Toolbar PR, which is what you are likely referring to, the little green bar, is only updated every 3 months. So, if you site is 6 months old and shows no toolbar PR, that's okay, especially considering you found out about it today. Toolbar PR is kinda like comparing who has the biggest fishing rod. It does not mean you can catch a fish.
What you should understand about PageRank is that this is based upon academic citation analysis, which basically means that one way to determine the most important academic papers is to see how many times that paper is cited by other papers. The more papers that cite your academic paper that are also cited often, the more important your paper is deemed to be. This means you need to get some links to your site, and you want to get links from sites that also have a lot of links to them.
It's not as easy as it sounds, but the results, as seen in that little green bar, are pretty methodologically driven. Nevertheless, don't invest to much into that green toolbar, it's not about how big your rod is, it's about how many fish you catch.