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From PR 2 to PR 3 with Common Sense, a Commodity High in Demand but Low in Supply!

Posted by on 8th Nov 2012 | 10 comments

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.

End result:

  • 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.

How?

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.

Have anything to share regarding PR updates? Comment below.

 


Chitraparna Sinha is a web content developer, professional blogger, social media enthusiast, and contributor on various social media blogs. She is the founder of SocialVani, a resource to build blogs and businesses.

10 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Rahul Kuntala on 8th Nov 2012

    It just looks like a promotional post for many, but it has got great insights. I’ve read each and every word of the article.

    Great share Chitra and congrats, I hope you’ll deserve even better PR in coming updates :)

    P.S: I loved the last point, and I truly believe that blogging has NO rules, you’ve to make them and again you’ve to break them. All you need is testing and sticking with the best results.
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  • Posted by JAMAA on 9th Nov 2012

    Thanks for this information, Only hard work

  • Posted by Adam on 10th Nov 2012

    I’ve heard that internal linking is important, but why? How does his help?

  • Posted by Jaykrishna on 10th Nov 2012

    I have recently owned a site hope your tips will be helpful also i am doing the same as suggested by you .
    Jaykrishna recently posted..Do You Need Guest Post On Great Blogs Having There DA In Between 40+ to 70+My Profile

  • Posted by HAMID ROSHAAN TAHIR on 10th Nov 2012

    almost same with me that my blog is 2 month old and went from pr0 to pr2 by this update due to link building strategies and guest posting
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  • Posted by Tilo on 10th Nov 2012

    That sounds good! Doing more of the things you like to do and be more succesfull in what you’re doing!

    The PR topic is still very new to me, but I believe Your right! Better gain quality than quantity. And posting daily sounds more like gaining quantity to me!

    Thank You for this article and keep up the good work!

    Regards,
    Tilo

  • Posted by Hideki on 10th Nov 2012

    I thought I am able to crack the code on how to improve PR with this post. LOL

    When I lost my PR from PR3 now down to 1 and still no improvement even after a couple of PR updates, I am very much frustrated. :(

    Thanks for the tips. I had notice some golden points with your post and that did sounded a hint.
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  • Posted by Hamza Sheikh on 10th Nov 2012

    Well… Well… Well!

    I am bit upset to know that you have also experienced the same with PR update, as I am :)

    But I can say you can easily get high PR rank with next update. You have shared an amazing information with us except the promotion of SEOPressor :P
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  • Posted by Tissy Joseph on 17th Nov 2012

    Thanks dear! Great insights!
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