Now that Google PageRank update has come and gone, it’s time to finally stop talking about it, right?
However, the questions keep pouring in:
“Why didn’t I get any PR?”
“Why did my site that I barely pay attention to get PR3 and the one I work on every day, got zilch?”
“How come TGC got no PR rank? Why should I comment here?”
Fine, let’s talk a little bit about it, shall we?
Here are some additional resources for you to look up regarding PR:
- Mystery of Google PageRank Solved? – See what the difference is between Google visible PR and real PR.
- The New World – Top 90 Online Marketing Blogs (Rookies) – take a look at this list of influential blogs that are not getting enough recognition due to Pagerank’s influence on other people’s belief when it comes to measuring authority. Definitely check it out; who knows maybe your blog is on it!
Now let’s answer some QUESTIONS:
1. Anchor text
“Can you write a post on Anchor Text? I heard that it’s one of the key factors of SEO! All posts on Anchor Text Optimization was too difficult to understand!”
Done! Look for it this week.
2. My “fancy” RSS feed
“I was looking at your RSS and I love how it looks, it has a small thumbnail and 3 related posts. How do you do that. Thanks!” Brankica Underwood /Live Your Love blog
OK, you really got me puzzled, Brankica. After spending about half an hour yesterday trying to figure out an answer to your question, my conclusion is I HAVE NO IDEA!
We are both using Feedburner, so I check my settings to see if there is anything special that I am doing there, but no, I kept most of the default settings.
Maybe one of my readers could be of more help? Does anyone know why my feed shows thumbnails next to my posts?
Note: Devesh of Technshare.com is my go-to technical guy and he gave us directions on how to set up your feed (he was probably the one who did it for me to begin with.)
“Here’s the step by step guide to make a Fancy RSS Feeds
1. Go to Settings Page (Settings > Reading) check the box to show summary in RSS Feeds.
2. Next to show Related Posts – YARP (this is what ana is using here), it has option to show number of related posts in feed page.
Bonus Tip – Use RSS Footer plugin by Yoast – You can add extra line of content to articles in your feed, defaulting to “Post from: ” and then a link back to your blog, with your blog’s name as it’s anchor text.”
3. Traffic generation for a Newly Published Post
This question is based on my Traffic Generation Step by Step: So You Published a New Post, Now What? post.
In that post I revealed the exact steps I take to bring the initial surge of traffic to my newly published posts.
“I know in your seven steps you have given us the suggestions you do, however I was wondering if you had modified your list or not.” Jayne Kopp
I went back to that post, Jayne, to see if I changed anything about the steps I take, and the answer is no, I still follow those steps and haven’t added any new ones.
I was reading that the ‘built in’ ping service in word press will ‘ping’ even if you make a modification to your post. I also heard that is not good and can have you banned from the pinging service. I then read there are different pinging services that will not send the signal out umpteen times.
I am afraid to over-ping… yet I want to ping!!
I just want to effectively share… spread it around… but there is so much to read… and everyone has different ways….
Great question, and the answer is YES, it’s true that WP automatically pings services each time you edit your post and that CAN get you banned from pinging services.
Solution: I use MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer to avoid this problem. This plugin will prevent WP from pinging the same post repeatedly.
5. HTML Code Errors
Ana, you posted awhile back about a validator site which checked for code errors, and I have a lot. Can you recommend someone or a resoursce to clear problems for the Luddite’s like me? Linda Esposito
The first thing to do to fix most of the HTML errors is to choose the right theme for your blog.
By the “right theme”, I mean error-free SEO-optimized and yes, most likely, paid theme like Thesis, which is what I use on my blog.
Once you have the right theme, it’s important to keep your HTML code in check. You can use W3 Validator at http://validator.w3.org/ to see how valid your code is.
I’ve tried to find an automated way to fix those errors in the past and even tested a few pieces of software that claimed to fix the errors for you. Result? They completely corrupted my code – good thing I always back up my blog! 🙂
Bottom line: you need a human to fix the errors for you and if you can’t do it yourself, hire someone.
I would recommend doing what I do: outsource your blog maintenance altogether and have someone check your HTML code, broken links, backup your database and respond to occasional technical emergencies on a weekly basis.
If you don’t know of anyone who can do it for you, send me a message via contact form and I will get you in touch with someone I use for this.
Many more questions answered during broadcast!
Next Week Post Schedule
LINK BUILDING and SEO are in focus this week on Traffic Generation Cafe.
Monday: 15 Scalable SEO Strategies for Newly Launched Websites
This is a great all-around SEO post that touches on the array of different ways to get your website moved up in search engine rankings.
Tuesday: Link Building Tip: How to Get 10 High-Quality Links In 30 Minutes Or Less
I’ll show you how I find high quality pages, not just sites, to link from back to your blog – all using free Firefox addon SEOQuake.
Wednesday: How to Use Your RSS Feed to Turn Junk into Treasure
This is an incredible link building strategy that you won’t find many other people talking about. You definitely don’t want to miss this one!
Thursday: Your Ultimate Anchor Text Tutorial – from Basic to Advanced
The promised post on how to properly used anchor text. Even if you think you know everything there’s to know about anchor text, you might want to read this one: I could still surprise you with a tip or two!
Friday: Blog Audit Friday
I haven’t chosen the blog to audit yet (remember, it will be one of my top commentators’ blog for this month), but I promise it’ll be good!
What was your excuse for not being there? Comment to show me that you’re alive!