Alexander The Great

March 10, 2008

Holy Friggen Crap! Page Rank 4!!!

Filed under: SEO Gone Wrong — alexanderthegreatest @ 7:59 pm
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Yeah, that’s right, 4, four.  Note my meteroic rise – last time I checked it was N/A, as in null, as in not even a zero. I’m coming up like a rocket. Even Adam of the North and Forest’s Fine Photography don’t have PR 4 blogs! Most experts will tell you that’s almost meaningless, but most “experts” would cut off their grandmother’s right arm for an extra point. And that, dear reader, is the point.

Let’s take a step back and cover the basics. Page Rank is a number Google publishes for every page they know about. Google is the search engine (it’s a freaking verb!), so while companies can find new customers by advertising, if they can get them from Google, there’s no fee, but a potentially abundand stream of shoppers. At one time commercial traffic was banned from the internet, but it seems like these days that’s all there is. The PR number is calculated from the number and PR of pages that link to a URL, so links from high PR pages have become a commodity in and of themselves. Some would even rather have PR than visitors, because it helps them sell more links, which are in essense nothing. The things have tremendous value because people think they have value.

Rather than waste my time “link building” I’ve strived to provide something worth reading, and to capture my thoughts as they leave an impression upon me. Some of these are quite short, and others are dissertations. The cartoons (Cyanide and Happiness) crack me up, but each one represents the best of 50+ I looked at, to find one worth showing to my readers. While many in the SEO industry seek out sites that might link to them, I spend hours looking for sites to link to, worth my reader’s time and attention. Nareev, who writes intelligently about pressing international questions is one example. If you like what I write about, his Blackwater article is a must see.

So I don’t do “off page” SEO which means emailing people begging for links. I don’t do on page SEO, either, which is basically web design. WordPress doesn’t let me change much of that. I can set the title and use <H1> and down on to 6 tags, mostly because I think as a stream of consciousness, and find it easier to express myself that way. Finally, my blog doesn’t really have much of a theme, or a criteria for publiciation. Many have said foolish things like getting links from sites that aren’t “topically related” to you will cause a Google ban. And yet this blog is about social consciousness, republican bashing, occasional computer programming tips when I’ve ben stuck and cried Eureka!



  1. You write well. Your comment about “experts” hit the mark with me.

    May the Gods of PR smile upon you.


    Comment by Robert — March 11, 2008 @ 2:19 am | Reply

  2. Thanks for the link, but I’m unsure how my blog (or that particular entry) is related to having more PR than visitors! Lol.

    Someone’s been checking their PR lately eh? 😉

    Comment by Dan — March 11, 2008 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

  3. thanks Alexander for the compliment. PS please fix the spelling of my name : Neerav

    PS readers the Blackwater (modern day mercenaries) article Alexander mentioned is at

    Comment by neerav — March 11, 2008 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

  4. Dan – Your blog is run by a person who makes fun of stooges on Digital Pointless who talk about how PR is more important than visitors. I laughed my skinny butt off when I read that, and it’s stuck with me as a finer example of DP logic than I ever had time to dig up. I couldn’t find a story on your blog about it tho so I thought I’d just credit you for discovery.

    Neerav – Sorry about misspelling your name! It’s nothing personal, I just seem to have a mental block with spelling in general and people’s names in particular. You’re not even the first person I got wrong. Argh.

    Comment by alexanderthegreatest — March 11, 2008 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  5. […] most of these schemes demand a sucker (it’s ironic that some are sheerly for the benefit of search engines and PageRank), web traffic is of the utmost […]

    Pingback by Stumble Upon a DP Spammer « Alexander The Great — March 13, 2008 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

  6. Yes i got one of my website PR 4 which was started 3 months ago it has no traffic its a fresh blog i do know how i get PR4.

    Comment by kamal — September 27, 2008 @ 1:42 am | Reply

  7. Exactly what I needed to read on the day my site hit PR Friggen IV !!! 🙂 Thanks!

    Comment by Trevor Reid — January 11, 2009 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  8. Intresting post, thanks.
    Im trying to hit Page rank 1! … 😀

    Comment by Total M L — March 15, 2009 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  9. Great, TML.

    Make sure you link to all us when you do. 😛

    Comment by Trevor Reid — March 16, 2009 @ 3:47 am | Reply

  10. That was scary… one day later and im page rank 1!!!!
    Scary stuff 😛

    Comment by Total M L — March 16, 2009 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  11. wow thats cool… ^_^
    i hope i can increase my rank too.. from page rank 3 to 4 or 5 haha.. 🙂

    JAYtography: An Online Travelogue and SEO Site

    Comment by Jaypee — June 8, 2009 @ 7:38 am | Reply

  12. Gah! My precious page rank has abandoned me. I dropped to 3. I think because some link spammer decided to bless me with inclusion on their site.

    Comment by Trevor Reid — June 8, 2009 @ 7:50 am | Reply

  13. Hi people i am new to this. Just thought that i would say hello to everyone! dont really know
    what else to say.I love sms, nothing else to say so bye

    Comment by cupidpaknaz — July 18, 2009 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  14. You should be aware your PR is 1 at this moment.

    Comment by Rahul — April 8, 2010 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

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