What to do when you had a Page rank drop?

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Google page rank is one most highly desired search status that everyone wants to get it who ever learns about it. Now getting your first ever page rank is a great experience, especially when it’s a big one! Yes I got my first page rank as PR 3 for my first blogspot blog.

What to do when you had a Page rank drop?

When I got my first PR, back in March 2008, I didn’t even know how it works and how I got such a high number for such a new blog. When some people gets a bigger page rank, other people suffers a page rank drop, like dropping from PR 4 to 3; 2 to 1 or 1 to 0. Now on this article, I’d like to explain this fact and what you should do if you had a page rank drop?

Case study: How I got PR 3 in 3 months?

I got my first page rank for blog-success.blogspot.com as PR 3.  I thought I got PR 3 because of my regular articles but the reality is, this was all of because one site linking to my blog which was a Page Rank 5 blog. At that point I didn’t have enough backlinks to my blog. Few months later, that blog shut down and my page rank was now dropped at PR 2.

After 2 more updates, (July ’08 and December ’08) it still was on PR 2. This truly makes sense that this domain is really a PR 2 domain and it won’t increase until I build some more links -I don’t have to because now I have a new domain on it: tamalanwar.com

The big myth!

When the page rank drops, most people think that Google punished you. It’s not true because the current link popularity will determine the PR. If “A” links to you and his page rank had a drop, you’ll be affected too. So the tip is to build enough incoming links that your PR won’t drop for other links.

There are 2 Page Ranks, one that we see on the toolbar and the other determined to put your pages on the search results. If you’ll get punished, your search Page Rank will decrease.

Avoiding page rank drops

Blogs are different than websites. Take a google search for site:blogkori.com -you’ll see around 300 results. This means 300+ pages are indexed from BlogKori. The big advantage of a blog is, every page will be ranked individually. Where your blog homepage is a page rank 3, other internal pages will be PR 2/1. Internal pages can outrank your home page too! For an example, when my blogspot blog was PR 3, one of the internal pages were PR 4.

What to do when you had a Page rank drop? blogkori

You can easily increase your homepage rank by linking to your homepage from most of your blog posts. When ever you try to build some incoming links, try to build links for internal pages -not your homepage all the time!

One of my web designer friends, Darrell from Pliggs.com had a problem with mass linking. He gave away free templates and each of them linked to his homepage. Some of these links turned into useless links, causing a page rank drop. My idea is to link to the internal page, not the homepage -so if anything goes wrong, one page will suffer and not the main page.

What to do with a PR drop?

My advice for you is to calm down. It won’t be fixed until the next update. Whenever your Page Rank drops (I never wish for that!) try to think which blogs have removed your link and which ones had a PR drop? Now you have to keep your blog going and build some more incoming links.

Some people start to remove all outgoing links from their blog. It’s bad for your friends and they will have a drop too! Try to keep one link for a longer time, 6-12 months or even more! If you’d like to sell links, make sure you keep it for at least 3 months.

The final motivation

Google Page Rank is just a search status and it doesn’t determine the quality of your writing. Your friends won’t leave your blog if you had a PR drop. Write more outstanding articles and make connection with people around you and you’ll get to your ultimate destination.

36 thoughts on “What to do when you had a Page rank drop?”

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      1. @Tamal Anwar, Haha. I’ve just started to become serious about blogging. Heard of it before but didn’t pay much attention. I’m downloading the toolbar as I type this.

      2. @Conrad Theart, Wish you have a better page rank + search status! Welcome to the blogsphere!

      3. @Conrad Theart, Is it nothing… or it’s just nothing!! You better build some more links 😀 Best of success for the next time

  2. With my first blog I got PR3 in just few months but then… uhhh…. I started to use those so called “pay-per-post” sites to earn some more cash (hosting fees etc. 😉 ) and lost my pagerank really quick. That’s my sad story about Google Page Rank and Me. LOOOL

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    1. @IngaOz, Google now likes Payperpost. When I started to use it, it had no page rank (banned) now PPP has PR 6 -this indicates that google has a new algorithm and supports paid links + paid posts

      1. @Tamal Anwar, WOW, I didn’t know that! Then maybe there is another reason why my first blog is still banned by Google (PR0)… I was really inactive at blogosphere lately, need to catch up lot of new things and info 🙂

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  3. Only the PPP blog has a PR ranking. Others that do paid posts (for PPP and others) are still with PR0. MIne dropped from PR4.

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  4. Kikolani | Blogging, Poetry, Photography

    My first PR was a 3, and then my next went to a 4. I hear that a lot of people are afraid that DoFollow hurts your PR, but I have had that on my site from the start, so I will see on the next PR what happens in relation to that.

    ~ Kristi

    1. @Kikolani | Blogging, Poetry, Photography, DoFollow alone can’t do anything. Your comments on other dofollow blogs helped you to get better ranks -am I right?

  5. My Blog went from PR 3 to 0 several months back but I don’t really care as traffic has increased and my Alexa rankings have improved.

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    1. @Adam, At the very beginning I thought traffic depends on Page Rank. The stat didn’t changed after getting a PR. PR is a status, for traffic and readers, you have to make your own way. Thanks!

  6. Aminul Islam Sajib

    Well, how can I start? If I start leaving my URL and internal blog parmalinks on other popular blogs and websites,will that be enough?

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  7. Eren- homemaking encouragement

    Very true- I had a blog on WordPress.com that quickly got a PR of 5 and I couldn’t figure out why. Later my PageRank dropped to 1- needless to say I was like– huh???
    Then I found out why- WordPress.com had decided top put “NO follow” on all of their links from the tags. This boosted my PageRank because I tagged every single one of my posts sometimes in many different tags. When they “NO followed” the tags, my PageRank dropped overnight.
    So this showed me that sometimes our PageRank drops because the places we get links from either NO follows the link or also they could have lost PageRank for some reason making us lose it also.
    I totally agree with you that we should not get worried unless we participated in some linking scheme or went against Google’s terms of service.
    All the best,

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    1. @Eren- homemaking encouragement, People (and even I) sometimes think that google banned me. It’s wrong in many cases because google may not even know about your existence. A page rank for a domain takes year to develop.

      BlogKori is PR 2 and it does not means that it’s a PR 2 site. If it becomes PR 4 in the next update, still it’s not the actual rank. The actual status can be shown after a few years!

  8. I lost my PR (PR3) about 9 months ago and haven’t gotten any back.

    MY issue was I got too many backlinks in too short a time.

    Hopefully I will get it back soon.

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    1. @Geoserv, Your case is different than any other’s, it’s a new thing for me to study. I’m sure you’ll get it back.

      1. @Tamal Anwar, I hope you are right. 🙂

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  9. In my experiences it’s even easy to get a PageRank of 5. You just have to release something really useful (or at least something which others consider useful 😉 ) and you’ll get it.

    Even though my secondary sites have experienced drop of their PageRank, they tend to get more visitors as time goes by. So I wouldn’t mind… really.

  10. Jared Stenzel

    Subscribed. Do links to all articles help with your main sites Page Rank? So lets say I build tons of links to a specific article. What happens to those links? Are they helping my home page or just that page in general?

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  12. Victoria's Secret

    My Website also suffer page rank drop. Thanks for writing this article. Hope it will recover back soon.

  13. Ibrahim K. Shafin

    I think lots of links can help this problem solved as removing one link can be compensated by other. But it’s really pathetic when we loose a link from a high PR webpage. 🙂

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