by Paula Neal Mooney
Google Pagerank is important.
To put it simply, Google assigns a rank ranging from 0 - 10 to determine how important a website is or isn't.
Zero means little importance, 10 means you're as important as, well...Google.com
Check your Google Pagerank right here with this tool, seeing as though there's this big debate over the accuracy of the pagerank displayed on the toolbar right now.
For the longest time my Google Pagerank was sitting at a paltry 2, even though I did all the stuff that techies swear would help, including linking to my own blog a lot.
Increasing Google Pagerank from 2 to 5
Finally, the other day -- after I'd written an envious comment or two on other blogs excited over their Pagerank increases -- I noticed that the little green line on my Google Pagerank toolbar had moved to the middle when I was sitting on my blog's home page.
I was so excited to see my Pagerank jump to a five, I took the above screenshot.
What's the big deal about Google Pagerank?
For me, who knew nothing about Pagerank mere months ago, PR -- as they call it -- has become a gold mine.
More and more sites that pay bloggers for individual blog posts (sign-up for free email updates to find out more about getting paid to blog and such) use Google Pagerank as one of the factors to determine how much that blog is worth.
Just look at this guy selling PR 5 one-way links for 40 bucks a pop!
So PR matters.
It matters so much, before mine jumped to a five, I hunted down the Google employee in charge of Pagerank and asked him why my PR was so low.
He told me to breathe, take up yoga, and diagnosed that I was suffering from PRO -- pagerank obsession -- and led me to Webmaster Central for tips.
Join the Dofollow Movement and Increase Your Pagerank...
Linking to myself so much (like in my byline above, which links to my homepage) or leaving comments on other blogs with something called NOFOLLOW attributes in the code didn't help me at all.
Basically, if I left a comment on somebody's site and signed it http://paulamooney.blogspot.com, for example, and they have NOFOLLOW attributes set up in their code, that bit of comment spamming would get me nowhere.
However, if I left http://paulamooney.blogspot.com in the comment section of somebody's blog who was kind enough to remove those NOFOLLOW attributes, Google would count that towards my pagerank.
So do this stuff and let me know if your pagerank increases in the next 3 - 4 months of active commenting on DOFOLLOW blogs and linking to yourself on your own blog:
(1) Read and act on the advice of Andy Beard, who spells out in this post how to remove the nofollow attributes on your blog.
(2) Join DOFOLLOW blogrolls like those at Tricia's Musings.
(3) Add a pretty U Comment, I Follow kind of image created by Randa Clay to your blog and let folks know you've banished that NOFOLLOW stuff and encourage them to comment -- but not with spam. Check out all the blogs listed in her post and see which ones have removed their NOFOLLOW and comment away!
(4) Link back to your main blog on any other blogs or sites you author, and make sure to remove those NOFOLLOW attributes, too, if you can. This is what I do -- at least the linking to my main blog -- from my dad's tax blog and another blog I author.
But I just reminded myself to go check those NOFOLLOW attributes too!
With time and lots of good "do following," your Google Pagerank should steadily increase...