I am happy today.
My building blogs and small business initiative, socialvani.com, went from PR 2 to PR 3 this PR update from Google.
Now, I know this development might not interest those with high PR’s than this one but the undeniable fact is that blog advertisers prefer a better PR to invest those $$$. Right?
…and any blogger with even 1% sense will want to capture those $$$…
From PR 0 – PR 2 – PR 3
I started my blog in September 2011, received the first page rank in May, 2012 and then the current one in November page rank update.
I was definitely not happy with the progress and I decided to do something about it.
September 2011 – August 2012:
The journey from PR 0 to PR 2 involved:
- Writing and publishing blog posts almost daily;
- Sharing the posts on Facebook / Twitter / Google+;
- Networking with other bloggers;
- Writing guest posts;
- Accepting guest posts;
- Commenting on other blogs
- Used All-in-One SEO plugin
….all this used to take at least 25 hours per week.
- I was not happy;
- Traffic was not much;
- I had more referral traffic than organic traffic;
- I realized that guest blog quality control sucked big time!
- The advertising offers were just worthless!
The important thing here is that I did not research the methods I was using; I just followed what others were doing and thought that doing them will give me the same result.
I was so wrong!
What did I do?
I used common sense.
I researched my own blog.
This is the first task I did from August 2012. I tried to understand the content I was posting, especially the guest posts.
I thought about whether the content was really helping to gain a certain target or was it just filling space. The second option fit more perfectly.
I stopped posting regularly.
In fact, if you see the blog, there were just 6 postings in August and September and just 2 in October; nothing in November yet.
I concentrated on getting organic traffic.
While referral traffic from Facebook and Twitter is good; I wanted more % of organic traffic. I did 3 things to gain this –
- I stopped sharing posts on Facebook daily.
- I removed All-in-One SEO plugin.
- I installed SEOPressor plugin and till now, I have successfully revised more than 100 published posts through SEOPressor.
I don’t mean to imply that All-in-One plugin is bad; it just that SEOPressor worked for me.
Within few days, I could see organic traffic increasing considerably. Organic traffic is 85% and the rest in referral traffic.
I removed guest posts.
I reviewed all the guest posts published and started to redirect them to other blog posts or removed some entirely.
Thereafter, I submitted the revised sitemap to Google through Webmaster tools and re-indexed the site.
I realized that most of the guest posts were not linking to domains related to my niche. So after contacting the guest bloggers, I removed them or changed the back links to ‘no-follow’.
I changed the website design.
A lot of fellow bloggers told me that the design was not good for the blog. I heeded their advice and changed.
I am using a free theme currently and it is working for me.
I did a lot of internal linking.
While revisiting the blogs to apply SEOPressor, I did a lot of internal linking and I think it did help in this PR update.
I SEO’ed the blog pages.
Previously, the main focus was on optimizing the blog posts but last month, I revised and optimized the blog pages like About, Contribute and Advertisement section.
Now, I get high traffic on these pages as well.
I stopped doing these things:
- Commenting on other blogs…commented sparingly.
- Stopped writing guest posts.
- Made stricter guest blogging acceptance rules.
- Blogged sparingly BUT improved on existing posts!
I am happier with the work I did in the last 3 months than the work I did in the first 9 months.
Don’t Follow Me.
Yes, what I have written above is NOT a manual for you to copy-paste on your blog.
If you do, you will make the same mistake I did in the beginning.
Use common sense.
Stop doing everything and dig into your blog/s and find out the loopholes.
Fill the loopholes & get better ranking.
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