So you’ve just started your site and like a lot of people you’re trying to get some traffic. You know that one of the most important ways of doing that is by getting yourself a good page rank. (Your page rank is part of what will determine whether your site comes up as #1 for a certain key word, or whether it comes up as number 1,208,836 on the list.) The question is, how long does it take to get a page rank?
You may have been adding your site to directories wherever you can and posting comments on blogs and forums…anything you can find. Every day you check your page rank is still at 0! This can be very discouraging and may make you think that your efforts aren’t doing any good.
Don’t get frustrated, and don’t give up. It can take a long time to get indexed in the search engines, and even longer to get a Google page rank. Google only updates their database once every 3 months or so, this means that it could be months and months before your efforts will make a difference.
Jason and I are experiencing something like this at the moment. Since Foximus is a relatively new site, we have been trying to get a page rank for ourselves over the last little while. It has almost been 2 months now and we are still sitting at 0! The last Google update was at the end of April. At that time we had been commenting on tons of blogs and thought we had enough links to give us a decent page rank. Little did we know that most blogs have a nasty little thing called a nofollow tag on all links posted with a user comment. This means that the search engines will not follow your link and it will not count as a backlink to your site.
It is now a month after the last update and we still have another 2 months to wait before the next google update. We will have to wait a while so we are taking the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and we’re making sure this does not happen again. We are adding our blog to as many directories as we can find and posting to blogs that we know have installed a plugin called DoFollow that will allow the search engine to follow comment links. We have this plugin installed ourselves and encourage everyone to post comments on any of our articles.
Don’t be discouraged if you have been working your butt off and nothing has happened with your page rank so far. Google is not the the only search engine out there and there are other ways to measure your site’s popularity. Technorati, Alexa, and Yahoo seem to be much easier to get results out of and your efforts are reflected in your ranking a lot faster.
Another reason that we might not be ranked yet is because of the google sandbox.
Just keep at it, focus on getting the links and your pagerank and internet fame will all come in due time.