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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Google Loves Me!



First: I know I’ve been incommunicado for the better part of a week, but no, the baby hasn’t come yet. I’ve been silent for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that I spent the last week living in the wilderness foraging for berries and trying not to get eaten by bears … okay, there might have been cabins in this “wilderness” and I may have foraged for berries in the produce aisle of the grocery store a few kilometers away, but there was a bear. And it wanted to eat me (probably).

Back to the topic de jour: Google Love

When I started blogging earlier this year, I noticed a little icon in my address bar called “Google PageRank.” Being the dutiful blogger that I am, I looked it up and discovered that PageRank is basically a ranking of how important Google thinks your webpage is. Mine was 0/10.

Zero? Really, Google? Zero?

A zero ranking is like telling me my site isn’t important enough for Google to even acknowledge its existence. It’s like asking the girl you’ve liked since second grade to prom and her replying with “Do you go to this school?” *sobs at memory of high school*

Well, folks, all that changed. Google and I are officially going steady (my wife doesn’t mind). I opened blogger yesterday and,wham, my ranking had changed from 0/10  to 1/10. I have no idea by what criteria Google makes these changes, but I like to believe it’s based entirely on the individual blogger’s HOT FACTOR (I've been working out). Now that Google and I are dating, I should warn you that my PageRank will soon be in the double digits. 

I expect congratulatory messages and envelopes filled with cash, or else you won't be invited to the wedding!

20 comments:

Sneha Sunny said...

Well, congratulations!!! Do google have some brother?? Fix my date as well. lol.

BTW where you saw that ranking?? I can't see it anywhere. Which browser are you using??

Nina Powers said...

I went searching for this pagerank tool as soon as I read your post. I'm apparently N/A on it... boooooooooo! :(
Then I went to wikipedia to figure out what it is exactly. There was a lot of math. Nobody said there would be math! I don't do math.
Regardless, though I have no envelope of money to send you, unless you except copper coins, a big HUGE congrats on your new relationship with google :)
Nina

LV Cabbie said...

Yes, PLEASE tell us where to find this Google ranking on Blogger! I can't find it anywhere on mine.

Steven Whibley said...

You need to have "Google Toolbar" which is a free download. If you have it, the "PageRank" will be beside the "Bookmarks" icon.

If you refuse to help Google take over the internet by downloading their toolbar, you can go here: http://www.prchecker.info/check_page_rank.php and plug in your address.

all I can say is that none of you better have a better relationship with Google than I do!

Marty said...

hahahaha. Well you to make a lovely couple. I'm sending my envelope of cash telepathically.

I look at the pagerank icon for every website I go to. Someone told me that it is tied to how many websites link to your site. You need other bloggers to post links to your blog on their site. But it only works if the link is to your homepage [I think].

Good luck with your new relationship. But beware, Google can be a real piece of work.

Sneha Sunny said...

yippee!!! I'm on zero!!!!!!!! LOL.

Thanks for the link.

Marty said...

hahahaha. Well you to make a lovely couple. I'm sending my envelope of cash telepathically.

I look at the pagerank icon for every website I go to. Someone told me that it is tied to how many websites link to your site. You need other bloggers to post links to your blog on their site. But it only works if the link is to your homepage [I think].

Good luck with your new relationship. But beware, Google can be a real piece of work.

Steven Whibley said...

@Marty - I get notified that you post, but I can't seem to find out why it keeps getting deleted. I suspect it has something to do with blogger, since I can't see the "followers" either.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! It takes a while to move up the rankings. After a year of blogging and over four hundred followers, I was still at two when the year began. Last month it'd moved up to a four. No idea what I did. Hopefully you figure it out though!

Carrie Butler said...

Congrats, Steven! :)

Steven Whibley said...

@Nina - I do accept copper coins, but I prefer them sent one at a time via carrier pigeon :D

Steven Whibley said...

@Alex - 4/10 is great. I tried to look into it to see if there was something I could do, but like Nina mentioned above, it seems to be based on several factors. *shrugs* but if I find out the secret, I'll spill it here

Jeff King said...

Increasing Google page rank check list

• Make sure that your primary page(s), the index.htm page, links to your secondary pages or secondary levels.
• Make sure that your secondary pages link to each other
• Link your secondary pages to the third level pages within their sub-directory, sub-domain, or level
• Link the third level pages within each specific sub-directory or sub-domain to each other.
• Link the third level pages back to the secondary page that it was linked from
• Make sure that the there is not heavy linking between third level pages
• Link to pages, regardless of level, that are relevant
• Link to pages, regardless of level, where the text on the page being linked from is keyword specific to the page that you are linking to
• If there are fourth level pages, follow the same linking structure that has been laid out in this checklist
• Only link pages within your site that are relevant to each other
• Use keyword specific link text when linking between pages
• Use standard HREFs in links that are easy for the search engine robots.

Here is a link if anyone wants to read up on it.
http://www.searchengineguide.com/andrew-gerhart/understanding-and-building-google-pagera.php

LynNerd said...

Steven, I've never seen that in my Blogger either, and after reading the first few comments, I thought that maybe you were just pulling our Googly legs. I can spot a kidder from e-universes away. As I continued reading, I was happy to discover that there's a link we can download. Thanks for the heads up. Big congrats on moving up to a one. I'm sure I'll be a zero for a while, but that's better than being in the negatives, I guess. Fun post!

linda said...

LOL is that a true story about prom? I'm sorry.

And thanks for the info/link! Let's see... writing blog, N/A. :( But ooh, my personal blog is 1/10! That's surprising. I thought it would be at zero for sure.

Congrats on moving up! :)

Steven Whibley said...

@Jeff - I see that you posted an excellent comment and that it's suddenly gone. I know Marty had the same thing happen to him earlier today. If it doesn't come back in the next couple hours, I'll copy and paste it in. It's great information that I think people will find really useful!

Steven Whibley said...

@Jeff - I don't know why some comments are getting deleted. *Shakes fist at blogger*

Steven Whibley said...

I'm not sure why, but some people are getting their messages deleted today. Sorry about that everyone.

THIS MESSAGE IS FROM JEFF KING (http://www.blogger.com/profile/00667419764890599092). Thanks Jeff.

Increasing Google page rank check list

• Make sure that your primary page(s), the index.htm page, links to your secondary pages or secondary levels.
• Make sure that your secondary pages link to each other
• Link your secondary pages to the third level pages within their sub-directory, sub-domain, or level
• Link the third level pages within each specific sub-directory or sub-domain to each other.
• Link the third level pages back to the secondary page that it was linked from
• Make sure that the there is not heavy linking between third level pages
• Link to pages, regardless of level, that are relevant
• Link to pages, regardless of level, where the text on the page being linked from is keyword specific to the page that you are linking to
• If there are fourth level pages, follow the same linking structure that has been laid out in this checklist
• Only link pages within your site that are relevant to each other
• Use keyword specific link text when linking between pages
• Use standard HREFs in links that are easy for the search engine robots.

Here is a link if anyone wants to read up on it.
http://www.searchengineguide.com/andrew-gerhart/understanding-and-building-google-pagera.php

JeffO said...

I got a rock.

Peggy Eddleman said...

Hahahaha! Great post! And congrats on going steady.

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