Google PageRank Update 2013

4 SEO Methods I Used To Achieve PageRank 2 After 5 Months And 24 Days

Google PageRank update took place on December 6, 2013 and probably, the last PR update for the year. Now, if you have yet to check on your PageRank, you can check your ranking here.

Today, this blog is 5 months and 24 days old. After the Google PageRank update, I received a nice Google’s pat on the back by getting Google PageRank 2.

Thank you Google for that!

It is indeed a long road with all the Google surprises we had encountered during this year especially with Google Hummingbird and Penguin 2.1.

Finally, I truly understand the meaning of “hard work paid off”.

Now, let’s take a look at how my blog did in the past 5 months as of today:

  • PageRank 2
  • Domain Authority – 45/100
  • Page Authority – 52/100
  • Root domain links – 357
  • Total links – 7,950

Google PageRank Update

The secret recipe to get high PageRank

There are probably thousands of ways to achieve high PageRank and over the course of 5 months, I really tried to think out of the box. I wanted to be different and I ended up creating my SEO blueprint.

For those who had no idea what SEO blueprint is all about, allow me to explain to you in simple words. I created my own SEO strategies and start working out from phrase to phrase. Here are several techniques I did according to orders:

  1. Build at least 50 quality blog posts on my site
  2. Practice internal linking among all related articles
  3. Building reputation and engage in the influence market
  4. Guest postings on high PR blogs and related niche

If you think I did all that in just under 2 months, you are wrong. I did that for months (every single day). I do skip some days from time to time … hey, I am also human right?

1. Building the right blog content and not applying with guest posting (yet)

For me, content is everything and when I mean everything, it means A to Z.

My ‘A to Z’ means that publishing the right blog content with has high value and quality. Don’t even think of creating evergreen blog posts as I don’t believe in that. What works yesterday might not be useful in tomorrow’s world.

The keyword here are focus, focus and focus. Focus in building a blog full of resources and not only that, focus in building a blog which is outstanding. Why would you want to build a blog which offers the same information with probably a dozen blogs out there?

If you have less than 50 quality posts on your blog, you can (literally) forget about guesting posting. I know hundreds or thousands of bloggers out there who are looking for guest posting but have they ever thought what would happen if they don’t have any quality blog post to share?

For example, you may be able to publish a post on some PR 5 blog but what do you want to backlink to? Linking back to your above average blog post? Hell no!

You want to link back to your crazy and epic blog post, you know … creating the wow factor and start building more readership.

I took the road less taken and decided to focus on quality content over guest posting for starters. Building quality content isn’t easy and I found out that most readers dislike reading articles over 1,000 words.

Wait a minute! My blog posts are usually over 1,500 words and how?

The solution is simple. Creating hype and work from there. Feeling mushy and lost? Here’s an example:

Title: Opps! I Accidentally Increased Google+ Traffic By Over 700% ‘¦ But How?

Content: Make the introduction short and straight to the point. Then, provide images and stats to proof your point.

When I shared this on one of Google+ community, it became (almost) the hottest topic of the day. Readers are responding, sharing and discussing over it. Now, that’s what I call epic blog post.

Out of 100 readers, 50 would probably click on it due to the title itself while 30% will still click on it while believing it is just a scam. This is where quality content and images (stats) close to the introduction paragraph will ‘bribe’ them to continue reading.

Of course, you will have around 20% who wouldn’t even given a damn and not even bother clicking it but guess what? It doesn’t matter because you already have 80% of the reach!

Here are some of my favorite posts that you can dig in:

2. Practising proper SEO with internal and external link building techniques

Link building techniques affect Google PageRank
Backlinking is like building a bridge and connect two different areas at the same time

If you are focusing on external link building only, you are definitely missing something really big. You need to focus on internal backlink as well if you want to have a higher PageRank.

Matt Cutts said sharing backlink ranking from one article to another is possible as long as it is legit. So, what I did were on my own blog:

  • Find the top 5 blog articles that gain the most organic traffic
  • Place 2 to 3 related backlinks (each) on the top 5 posts
  • Repeat the process on lower traffic blog posts

With the above, I am able to share my ranking score from highest traffic blog to moderate and low traffic blog posts.

The truth is, I had over 80 blog posts and there is no way I could cover them all. Therefore, choose the right blog posts to ensure that you are making both search engines and visitors happy.

For those who are asking, I focus more on internal link building prior to external link building. This is to ensure that my blog is always prepared in case if I ever get a backlink or trackback from a higher PageRank site.

Here’s a full list of SEO strategies and resources for your reference.

3. Getting involved in the influence market and the effects on blog ranking

I am a huge fan of social media and from the first day of blogging here, I am always focusing on referral traffic.

Before we proceed, do you think that influence market can affects your PageRank?

I didn’t want to be just like the other 164 million blogs out there. I wanted to build my brand … the ‘Reginald Chan’ brand name. So, I started to spend time on several, high profile sites to build my brand name on a daily basis.

Through my experience, building authority and influence could easily be achieved with social media. All you ever need are timing and the right planning. Before you even decide to go into influence marketing, ensure that you know everything about that niche or else, you are going to destroy your reputation.

The biggest misconception about influence marketing is that it is a short term ‘investment’. Building an authority takes time and patience. Personally, I have been doing blog marketing since day one until now. Not even a day rest!

To help you get start with influence marketing, here is one article I recommend you to read; 5 Steps To Become An Influencer In Your Own Niche Like Brian Clark.

4. Guest posting and its effects on Google PageRank

Advantages of guest blogging
Proper guest blogging will help boost backlink and increase PageRank

For me, guest posting is a privilege and forever it will be. So, only invest time and effort into guest posting when you have complete the first 3 steps above.

We all know that guest posting is a great way to build backlinks but the biggest question is … how do you do guest posting correctly?

Guest posting works in two ways; Building authority and backlinks. However, that wouldn’t be possible if you do not have quality content to share right? This is where the ‘quality content’ part as said above is very important.

Here’s an example. I noticed many guest bloggers who applied on my site are either submitting spinned articles or low quality ones. For Christ’s sake, please avoid doing so. Instead, submit an article which you had spend hours constructing and are high in quality.

If you are spending 1 hour in writing a blog post for your own site, take 3 hours or more to do a guest post. Guest post must always be more than just good. It has to be epic and it has to be really, really that good.

The truth is that submitting 100 guest posts will not guarantee you a better Google PageRank. Instead, focus in submitting quality guest posts to ensure that each one of them counts.

Bloggers, don’t make the same mistake over and over again. Stop submitting countless guest posts just to build backlinks. Instead, provide quality articles and you would definitely get more than what you ‘asked’ for ~ Self quote.

When it comes to guest posting, this is my guest posting checklist to ensure high chance of approval and building reputation.

What do I think about Google PageRank update?


For me, Google PageRank is a great way to measure how much work you had done to your blog and when I say “work”, I mean real work such as guest posting, quality contents and a dozen more SEO techniques. While it is just a way to determine how your site rank in the eyes of Google and search engines, I got to admit that it certainly felt good to see a boost in PR. It shows that hard work paid off.

In a nutshell, Google PageRank is determined by various factors such as the number of backlinks, SEO enrichments and a dozen more factors. It is not advisable to over focus in getting higher PageRank as it will easily cloud your jjudgment

So, how does this recent Google PageRank update affected you? Tell me using the comment form below.

65 thoughts on “4 SEO Methods I Used To Achieve PageRank 2 After 5 Months And 24 Days”

  1. hello reginald. thank you for sharing your findings about Page Rank. but i noticed that Google are now stricter in terms of page rank. i have many known blogs who have high ranking before this update then their ranking decreased.

    in my case, it affected me positively. even though i achieved PR1, that is still a progress since i started as PR0.. now i am aiming to achieve PR 2 🙂 slowly but surely

    good luck to our PR goals 🙂

    • Hi Marilyn,

      Yes many people had told me that too. For me, I see it pretty simple. I know many high PageRank blogs usually have a lot of guest bloggers. The truth is, it is important to find the right people to do the job for you. If you have guest blogger who blogs usual stuffs, you are in trouble and at risk.

      Thanks for commenting and good luck friend!

  2. This is the first time,i visited your blog. Good Article about Page rank. Does page rank really matter to rank a post in SERPs ? I have seen some sites have low quality posts, but they have received good PR. So Does Google think only on inbound links ?

    • Hi Chamal,

      Thanks for dropping by and welcome!

      Now this is tough to say. Personally, it depends on keyword competitions, how much linking you get, Page Authority and a dozen more reasons. However, usually Google respect higher PR pages than lower PR sites.

      Google update runs on algorithm. Actually, the site could have low quality but if they get links from high page rank sites, then obviously Google will see it as something worth while. However, this usually happen in one circle update. This means that if Google realized the site is not ‘good’, the site will drop in PR the next round of update.

      Hope this helps.

      • Reginald thanks for reply. I have another question. If i built backlinks from low quality sites( like 0 PR sites), when they get high page rank such as 5 -6,it’s become a quality link know. I think that’s why most of template providing websites get high page rank. I have heard that Google doen’t like webmasters to make backlinks using widgets, Templates. So How do these sites still survive ?

        • Chamal,

          Okay here’s what my take on this.

          Google doesn’t recommend having sitewide links. This means that using blogroll or a link on your site bar pointing to the root domain. However, if you are sharing just one particular post instead of the general site, that is fine as long as you don’t overdo it.

          Now, the truth is many companies are able to afford SEO companies to do the job for them and most of the time, they are black hat. You can easily rank a site if you know what you are doing. Of course, sites like CopyBlogger hire expert writers to write for them. That’s what make them different from the rest.

          Hope this make sense to you 🙂

  3. I agree with you. The steps you follow are quite good and will give an awesome results if followed. Btw i didn’t concentrated on guest posting only built backlinks from quality blogs through commenting that worked for me getting a pr1 for my 5 mnth old blog. Nice articles for all newbies out there who are starting blogs and wants to get pr.

    • Hi Lakshman,

      Well it really depends. Most blogs now are NoFollow so, leaving comments wouldn’t build much links. However, it will do by building authority.

      Guest posting is a win-lose thingy. You don’t do thousands. Instead, just leave it as what it is and choose your publishing site carefully.

      Hope this helps.

  4. Hello Reginald,
    Congratulations on your hitting the page rank 2, that means that the almighty Google has favoured you :).

    Yea, hard work really paid as you said and, I couldn’t have agreed more to that. If you’re doing everything right instead of looking for short cuts then, sooner or later, your efforts will certainly pay off.

    Definitely, if one follows all the steps you outlined here then, he will be building a high page rank blog and, the result will even wow him.

    Thanks for sharing man and, do enjoy your weekend.

    • Hey Theodore,

      Thanks for commenting! How was your blog?

      This PR game is really a long road. At times, I really feel like giving up but again, well … I had went so far that I can’t say that I am going back now. Hehe~

      SEO is always easy and very basic. Just follow them and always, always stick to quality articles above everything else.

      Enjoy your weekend too mate and take care.

  5. nice to see your blog get pr 2. my blog has also received pr 2 in its first update after 6 months. hoping best for the future. thanks for sharing your experience.

  6. Hi dude,
    Yet again another awesome post! I would add that bloggers ought to get other similar domains for at least 5 years poining to your main one like or or .blog (which is coming out very soon).

    I love what you said about guest posts as it’s really easy to publish ok blog posts on your own after spending an hour on it and it’s this reason when I am guest posting that I give my 110% and my very best quality content!

    After all guest posting is like going into someone’s home and decorating it with your own stamp. Congrats on the PR update dude you done really well there matey and it’s great that you have decided to get CommentLuv back on the blog!

    – Phillip

    • Hi Philips,

      Thank you for your kind words! Haha~

      For me, I always have the adrenaline rush when I do guest posting. Why? It’s my reputation and the other blog’s reputation on the line! Haha. So, I always try my 150% or 200% in building it. Well, we got to right?

      Thanks again and have a blessed weekend. Oh yes, got CommentLuv back because Google+ comment system is dragging my site down over 1 second!

  7. Hi Reginald,I am really glad and happy for you for the improvement. Congratulation on getting PR 2, keep up all the good work you are doing. The unique SEO techniques you are coming up with and following seems to work and pays of. Thanks for sharing your strategies.

    • Hi Qasim,

      Thanks for commenting and thank you back. How about your site? PR3 mate?

      Yes, I know there are probably a dozen more SEO strategies which you can practise but those above are the ones that really worked for me. Hope they serve you well too!

  8. Hi Reginald Brother,
    That was really an informative guide you gave for us. The above steps resembles my self as I have done same like you in targeting internal link building and many as you said above.

    I was thinking my blog to be between 1-3 in PR and should at 2 in middle. I know page rank made me learn some great tips to get ready for next PR update. Now thinking your tips, you implemented in your blog, were awesome. I was lack behind with few of your tricks mentioned in this article.

    Hope I would implement them soon in my blog and start working with quality in content and backlinks. Thanks

    • Hi Tharun,

      Thanks for dropping by. For me, PR is a good way to judge your SEO techniques. I know some of my friends who had jumped from nothing to PR 4 and some even 6. Well, life goes on right?

      This particular updates thought me pretty a lot everything. Especially with a huge decline in .edu and .gov sites ranking favoritism. Seems like Google prefer more natural links nowadays and that’s good to hear.

      Do come back for more tricks as I am releasing more pretty much every week 🙂

      Take care and have a great weekend!

  9. First of all congratulations for the PR. Secondly i like your recipe with so much ingredients. Currently I am working on my personal blog and after reading your entire post I realized that I have to do more.

    Thank You for the analysis.

    • Hi Usama,

      How have you been? Thanks for the kind words.

      For me, I started in 2005 and I did alot and failed alot too. Thank God I learned and this time, it really paid off. From N/A to PR 2 is huge for me (even though I was hoping and aiming for PR 4). Haha! Greedy me.

      Nonetheless, glad you find this useful and remember to come back for more mate.

      Take care

    • Hey Adesanmi,

      Haha tell me about all those sleepless night! Good to hear you made it to PR 2 as well. I know a few bloggers who are all PR 2 so … challenges are coming my friend.

      Nonetheless, it was a fun journey and thanks for commenting. Talk to you real soon ya!

  10. Hi Reginald, I finally made it to 3. It has taken over 2 years. I have over 330 posts on Inspire and have done some guest posting along the way. My retail site went from 3-4 after almost 4 years and my blogger travel journal went from 2-1. I noticed a lot of blogger blogs downgraded in this past pagerank update. I’m also exploring how the other factors come to play. I was not rigid but focused on writing better posts each time along the way. What is your thoughts on those blogger blogs?

    • Lisa,

      I know many dropped from 6 to 3, and even 8 to 3. Insane right? Well, Google been really tough this time around. You need more than just backlinks. You need quality stuffs and on top of that, you need blog marketing too. I noticed those bloggers who had done blog marketing get at least PR 1 while quality article itself either Pr 1 or 0.

      If you get have a mixture of all, you get higher. Haha! I wish I got Pr 4 you know? Well, I am just greedy 🙂 It was fun to go from N/A to 2.

      Glad you made it to PageRank 3 on your site. I am so jealous.

      • No need to be jealous Reginald, your blog is awesome and I’m sure you will get there – I don’t see many blogs going up more than 1 or 2 level fast. You? And it’s harder to go from 3 to 4 than 0 to 1, etc.
        I hadn’t heard of many dropping that much, wow. I’ll have to read up more. I saw many blogger blogs go down and some WordPress with just giveaways and sponsored posts type of blogs. It will be interesting to see how it all shaked out. Thanks Reginald.

        • Hi Lisa,

          Haha. Actually I noticed around 35% of the bloggers I know moved from N/A to PR 2 at least. Some to PR 3. At the same time, I seen 1-3 blogs from PR 8 drops to PR 3 and a few from PR 6 dropped to PR 4 etc.

          Crazy right? Nonetheless, I noticed that Google is focusing a lot of quality shares over anything else lately. So, let’s see how it goes around the next 3-4 months from now.

          Well, that’s me right? 😀

  11. Hello Reg. congratulations on your pr2, getting this not easy and the higher your google pr, the best. Although a lot of people said they don’t care about pr, that is a good whitehat lie, we know everyone wants to get rewarded for what they are doing, funny enough, if you don’t have pr, a lot of advertisers will not bother to advertiser on your site/

    Between, i got Pr3 and am going to work to keep it at that or keep increasing it.

  12. Reginald,

    Very nice job of laying out what works to create a solid site. I question if PR holds the same weight it did a few years ago as Google updated this as almost an afterthought.
    However, anyone would want that number to be as high as possible.

    Linking internally naturally (makes sense and not forced) is probably the best piece of advice from this article. I think that’s holds a lot of weight today, and something that should be in everyone’s process.

    • Hi Steven,

      Oh man, a big thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment. An honor indeed!

      I got to agree with you on the PR weight question. Personally, I think PR is not considered as important as years back. However, that’s just my assumption.

      Building internal links (yes, you are right) is very important and I learn a few things on that. Don’t over doing it. Leave it naturally and don’t even think of dumping 10 or more internal links on your content page unless you are really sharing some good stuff.

      Have a wonderful day and take care.

      Talk to you soon.

  13. Hey Reginald,

    I blog for fun.
    I actually started this new blog as personal journal where I share my experience on the stock market. I’m not too big on SEO because I don’t care about my traffic or pr or fame. I share what I write about and if people dig it they may buy something, that’s find and if they don’t buy that’s cool too.
    I write from my heart and I try to help others to copy what I’m doing.
    Perhaps down the line I will go into SEO and social media but for now I’m just bloggin’

    great share btw

    • Hi Akos,

      Thanks for dropping by mate. I used to blog for fun back in 2005 until I see $0.50 on my Adsense. That was when the light bulb and the “ah-ha” moment came into life. From then, I started a blogging a lot and it was fun.

      Now, I am focusing more on helping others with this blog and hopefully, bloggers will get to make a decent living as well. Of course, it is always easier said than done.

      SEO is always overrated. It helps blog to rank well but certainly, you don’t need much SEO to get traffic 🙂 Let’s say, a balance of both world is the best.

      Take care and see you around.

  14. Congrats Reginald !
    Your hard work of building quality backlinks, writing great content has paid off . My blog also got PR2 on this update . BTW , Nice suggestions for newbies . Thanks for sharing .


  15. First of all, congratulations for this great achievement and that too within this less time. I’ve been a regular follower of your blog since I’ve come across you through emfastincome and blogengage’s blogger of the week thread. I was following you but couldn’t find much about your strategies, though I was pretty amazed how you got your alexa within 30000 within this less time. now got to know about all this through this blog post & I am feeling good to know about your strategies, I am really gonna apply it with my blog, thanks for sharing your tips mate, I would love to here more from you.

    • Hi Alan,

      Hello there and glad to see you around! How have you been old friend?

      Haha my strategies are usually hidden until it is proven useful ;-p bad for business if sharing something not reliable. Heh~

      As for the Alexa, I have no idea how they count but I think a huge portion would come from traffic and social shares. Maybe…maybe not. As usual, more is coming and hang in there.

      Drop me a line if you need any other information 😀

  16. I don’t think people should still pay attention to page rank where advertisers are paying more attention in domain authority. By the’ve shared some nice tips. Thank you. I am new in WordPress. Can you tell me how you get the email subscription box under your posts and also please tell me about the pop up? Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Abdur,

      Well, PageRank, Domain Authority and Page Authority are all overrated. Each of them play a huge role when it comes to monitoring how well your SEO strategies are.

      Email subscription box is done via hard coding and I am using Genesis Framework. If you are using the theme, I can show you how it is done.

      As for the pop up, I am using Aweber.

      Hope the above helps.

  17. Very true what you say, the quality of content has become absolutely essential in a blog / website, this is a key point that should exist in every blog / website. If you have a blog / website quality, it is automatically a visit to your blog / website will be even greater, this will also help the reputation of your blog / website.

    Thanks for sharing the tips guys.

  18. Hi, Reginald,
    Congratulations for your splendid achievements. 🙂
    Yes, it is all your all hard work what paid off.
    You have used very genuine ways to build the link up. Guest-posting and interlinking your own site are helped you.
    Thank You very much for sharing your secrets with us.
    Have a great week mate!! 🙂

    • Hi Kumar,

      Thank you mate! Been so long in this blogging industry, I realized that Black Hat SEO is definitely not worth it anymore. While you main lots of traffic in just a short period of time, you are also opening up yourself to many Google penalization in the future.

      Hope you enjoyed the reading and talk to you real soon mate.

  19. Hey Chan that’s a nice tips from you and I expecting those from you since the latest PR update comes. Well this would really help all the newbies how you can get that PR in just few months and that’s a commendable.

    Bro I would like to read some of best blog and your’s one of them. I always prefere to take knowledge from everywhere whether he is pro or newbies. Using this method I am able to increase my knowledge and you are the person who also increase my knowledge somehow.

    Thanks for being there such an awesome blogger and my blogger friend.

    • Hey Sankit,

      Oh wow! Nice of you to say that. Heh~

      Basically, I think nowadays Google is more focused in quality over quantity. So start building good stuffs and slowly, you will see the traffic gain.

      Don’t forget about basic SEO as it is still important too 🙂

      Take care mate.

  20. Congratulations to you Reginald. Your blog deserves it. I had found cool and useful stuff here. 🙂 Indeed, it’s still quality over quantity when it comes to content marketing especially with the release of the new Google algorithm hummingbird but like what you said there are still other factors aside from social signals and backlinks. I’m looking forward for more of your post. 🙂

  21. Congratulation for what you have done here Reggy,
    Very nice tips for all bloggers who have some trouble with there Pagerank (like me LOL). I always have problems with internal linking among all related articles, that drives me crazy every times.
    Thanks for your sharing.hopefully i can increase mine in the near future.
    Have a nice day.


  22. Hi chan,

    Great work, thanks for sharing how you achieved your page rank encountering the change in algorithm, it is very informative post because experiencing any thing is the best source of knowledge and you have share your experience, it is going to beneficial for a lots of SEO and content marketers.

  23. congrats reggy for getting pr 2 in this December update. My site had also got PR2 in this update. I mainly just focused on basics to get that. I am quietly impressed by your seo strategies by which you have got pr2 . thanks for sharing your experience with us.

    • Hey Rahul,

      Actually my technique is no special thingy. They are very safe SEO techniques which are great but takes a lot of effort. All you need is patience and you should be just fine.

      Hope this helps and thanks for reading mate!

  24. Dang, Reginald, I still feel like I’m running like a tortoise, I just cannot catch up with you guys. Slow down on posting! LOL

    Anyway, I have added most of your posts on my Pocket. I need to follow some of your suggestions like finding the 5 top blog posts that has a high organic search and hyperlink 2-3 related posts.

    Excellent tips!!

    Like I said, my Health Matter blog went from 1-0 and Angela McCall blog went from 0-1. And I hate writing for SEO, I just write for humans!

    Anyhoo dear, it’s really late here. I haven’t got a chance to watch your video but I’ll be back. Asta la vista!! I shall return!!


    • Hey Angela,

      Tell me all about it. My first blog (blogspot) has like 70 posts and it went from PR 0 to PR 3 and down to 0 again. Haha! Yes, in the course of 4 years, Crazy right?

      I realized that Google want some sort of freshness and updates on blogs. So, if you get it updated, you are going to make it through 🙂 Some sort.

      Good luck!

  25. Hello Reginald Chan,

    Many thanks to you for sharing your secret recipe to achieve higher PR.
    Hope that it will help me.

    I am now trying to write good posts.

    This my first comment to your blog.

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