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Ways To Increase PageRank: Tip No.1

leaking.jpgThis is the 1st tip of 5 in this series of Ways to Increase PageRank. With the impending update hanging over all our heads now is a time for action and carrying out these simple but very effective tasks. The PageRank update could be anytime this month, we have no way of knowing whether it’s possible to carry out these tips on time but the probability of them being taken into account at this update is increased by implementing them straight away.

Increase PageRank, Tip No.1

Install this plugin from Andy Beard.

“This plugin adds rel=”nofollow” to all links within the content that are displayed on your home page and duplicate content pages.”

Using rel=”nofollow” prevents the Googlebot from visiting the link and so no PageRank is lost/given when it is used. Basically this is patching up the holes in what should be a PageRank tight blog.


If you are reading this post on the homepage of Blogging Fingers, there is rel=”nofollow” on the link I used (above) to the plugin, but if you are reading this on the individual post page there is no rel=”nofollow”.

The Plugin results in the site you are linking to getting their deserved in-content link and you get to keep a high Homepage PageRank allowing for maximum monetization.

Isn’t This Being Stingy With Links?

While I’m sure some will disagree, the value of a link in a blogs content is for

a) The initial burst of traffic it brings
b) The long term SEO benefit of the link from the individual post page.

There is a debateable “c)” that could be added to that this in that the value of PageRank can be gamed. An example of this is guest blogging on a high PageRank blog (with a link to your blog) and hoping that Google ‘takes the snapshot’ for display in the toolbar while your post is still on the homepage.

If anything, it is more ‘ethical’ to add rel=”nofollow” to these links because the PageRank gained from the link by the guest blogger gives a false impression to future advertisers about how much value a link from the guest bloggers blog will give them and is a little sneaky.

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Comment by keeyit | 2007-08-06 00:38:14


Looking forward on your tips No2 on how to increase page rank.



Comment by Matt Jones | 2007-08-06 12:47:48

Great, I hope you were not dissapointed!


Comment by Tejvan Pettinger | 2007-08-07 07:13:52

Hi great blog, but I have to say I disagree with this tip. If you want to link to a blog, why bother putting a no follow. Look how many outbound links problogger has, he doesn’t suffer.


Comment by Matt Jones | 2007-08-07 09:15:41

Tejvan, that’s a valid point but think how many inbound links Problogger has. Proportionally, Problogger still has a massive amount of inbound links. Having group writing projects like this means less work for him and creates a buzz in all the blogs where they end up linking to him just to mention the project.


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Comment by Rose | 2007-08-08 04:40:10

While I don’t agree with tip number 1 Matt, I’m looking forward to tips No 2. PS: I hope there is no bad blood between us?


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Comment by Skellie | 2007-08-08 04:58:59

I don’t even know what my blog’s PR is… I don’t have the little thingy on my toolbar. Probably low. I don’t particularly want to know because it may well depress me 😉

Really nicely written tip. Keep up the good work Matt.


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Comment by azsuperbowlblogger | 2007-08-09 02:10:25

Hey, I thought this was a great tip and actually right in line with what I feel I am looking for for my site, since I am a “flow through” site, but still want my own content to get the links/credit/search engine ranking.

However, am I slow, or is the link you gave to the plugin not working?


Comment by Jermayn Parker | 2007-08-09 06:53:35

I agree with this tip 110% but surely it is only revelant to WP bloggers??


Comment by Matt Jones | 2007-08-09 09:27:17

azsuperbowlblogger, I fixed the link, thanks for warning me.

Jermayn, yes unfortunately this is a tip just for WordPress bloggers.


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Comment by Michael from Pro Blog Design | 2007-08-09 23:40:50

The nofollow tag implies that you don’t trust a certain page, right?

By using nofollow on one link to the page, and then not using it on another, aren’t you sending conflicting signals to the search engines?


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Comment by Brian | 2007-08-16 13:06:54

You don’t lose Pagerank by linking to other sites. Even Matt Cutts from Google has said that. Try again.


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Comment by Kenney of Make Money Blog | 2007-09-03 22:54:23

The tip will work, and tighten up the page rank. Although I have one concern, I recently bought a link on a page and was tired when I did it and totally forgot to look to see if it had the “nofollow” tag.

To make a long story short I found out a few days later that it did. I think that if you sell text-links on your page it’s not fair to your customers if you have “nofollow”.


P.S. I look forward to your next tip.


Comment by The truth | 2007-09-10 17:29:15

I have a question for you, if you think this works so well and you know what your talking about, then why do you have a page rank of 0 ?


Comment by Matt Jones | 2007-09-11 09:10:45

Kenney, I agree… the next tips were published long ago! Check out the “Best of Blogging Fingers” page and you will see the series about increasing PageRank there.

I have a Toolbar PageRank of 0 because google has not yet exported the PageRank to make it visible, but it still affects my SERPS rankings. Blogging Fingers is predicted PR5.


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Comment by Blogadeur | 2007-10-08 09:35:12

hi, speaking of pagerank – my blog still still rank zero. I have regular visitor and an average of 150 unique visitors per day.

in fact the free blog that i have before i transferred my blog to a paid host had a Rank 4 in google page rank.

Please advice why my blog doesn’t even get page rank 1.

appreciate any help I can get. thanx,

kindly visit my blog and let me know what is the problem.

Comment by Matt Jones | 2007-10-08 14:16:38

There is nothing you can do, normally Google update the PR every 3 months but it has been 5 months and no update. Only Google knows!


Comment by adhonys | 2008-07-07 19:14:49

Hi where can i obtain that plugin for blogger?


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