I recently decided to start using my own domain, www.cottonrohrscheib.com to house my personal blog as oppossed to hosting it on other sites where I was a community member just because I saw some potential for SEO advantages. I had let my website pretty much go over the years since I registered it in 2001, at one time I think that I had a Google PR of like 5 or 6 but as of late I had a PR of -0. I posted an update to an old thread on Outfront’s SEO forum, see my post below: (this was posted on 10/25/2007) Here also is a Link to Google Page Rank question full thread w/ other members comments.
I am in a similar situation that this lady was in last year and was wondering if anyone can offer their opinion as to what might have happened…
I registered a personal website just for fun in 2001, www.cottonrohrscheib.com. For the first 5 or so years I just posted about 5 or 6 pages there for fun w/ photos, etc., just something for friends and family to have fun with. The website then was just static pages, nothing dynamic at all, my Google Pagerank for as long as I can remember was 5. It would occasionally teeter between 4 and 5.
Along about 2006 my web development business started to picking up so I just made things a little easier on myself and revamped the website with pages that had RSS Feeds embedded in them from my corporate blog, picasa photo blog, microsoft spaces, and other external sources that I sometimes posted content so that I wouldn’t have to keep track of my personal website along with all of the other communities I was a part of. Somewhere along the way my PR in Google dropped completely to 0. ??
I have since redesigned my personal site using the WordPress Platform, it is now located at: www.cottonrohrscheib.com/blog (I used an Apache Redirect). The site has been up there now for about 3 months and I have been noticing my position in the search engines come up dramatically on my keywords since re-launching my site BUT my PR is still at 0. I know that PR isn’t that big of a worry as long as I am coming up good on searches but this really has me shaking my head… I have called on my SEO Guru to work her magic and help get the site submitted to a couple of directories, etc., and I am confident she will do a great job at this but I was wondering if anyone else out there might have some suggestions for me, or maybe an explanation as to what might have happened to my PR?
Well, to make a long story short, this morning I got on and noticed that my Google PR had jumped from -0 to a PR4. This by no means is no 6 yet but it’s still pretty good considering i just started paying attention to it last week. I think that whatever I am doing, a long w/ my SEO guru Erin, who has also been handling some submissions for me, must be paying off. I just wanted to update the blog w/ this update. I also just posted an update to the forum, that update is located below:
I just wanted to update this thread to show how quickly your Google PR can change. When I updated this old thread that I found related to Google PR I had a PR of 0-, and that was last week. I get into the office this morning and I find that over the weekend my PR was bumped to a Google PR4. It’s still not where it used to be at which was about a 5 / 6 as best I can remember but it’s definitely better than -0.
I guess all of this to say, if your PR is not good or where you want it, be patient, a lot can change pretty quick.