Larry Page Ranking, or Google Juice To Go Please!
The world has now become a series of algorithms. Writing, blogging, friends, anything and everything on the internet – it is all in the numbers.
Once upon a time, when dreams were dreams and goals were posts in the air, my fantasy was to have an editor. And an agent, for all the wonderful books I had yet to write! I had the titles, the characters, the opening sentences, the plots, the endings waiting and ready to go. The fact that large bulks of middles were missing was beside the point. And remains so.
In the meantime I have taken up blogging, no niche, just postcards from wherever I happen to be. Until then, I was content to google this and google that, but blogging has introduced me to a whole new world of Stats, Subscriptions, Comments, SEO, SERP,and suddenly, it is no longer enough to write, self-edit, and press publish in the hopes that one or two faithful friends might read and enjoy.
Now, to be truly successful, I need back links. I need page ranking and I thought I had a reasonable idea of what page ranking was until I googled it and discovered that the process belongs to the link analysis algorithm created by Larry Page, co-founder of . . . Google! Now you, intelligent reader, perhaps knew this long ago, but I maintain childish delight in the discovery of the unknown.
Larry’s parents were both computer science geeks, back in the days when computers were awkward beasts which ran on dos and all those other do’s and don’ts. Meanwhile, I grew up doomed, with the gossip magazines du jour leading me to a natural affinity with Gawker and other highly sophisticated, trashtastic publications.
My goal in life remains. To be published one day. But I am afraid I might spend too much time in the pursuit of a page ranking. Had my parents been computer minded geeks in the maelstrom of Lansing, Michigan, circa 1970’s, I certainly would not be worrying about page ranking but you might be doing your damnedest in the pursuit of a Kuche Ranking.
Dreams, where would we be without them!
A very good post Patti, but it’s all beyond an old man 🙂
DP, absolutely refuse to believe that it is beyond you and that you are an old man!
All best and always thanks! PK 🙂
Write your stuff, tag and categorize it properly, use images (four places to put keywords in every image upload) and don’t use cute titles. Use words that describe the contents right there in the title. And then wait.
Just having a blog and a social media presence you’re MILES ahead of other aspiring authors. You have stats, you have a Following. That’s HUGE. And you’re used to dealing with the public, because see these comments? That’s The Public speaking, and you responding.
Don’t drive yourself nuts with SEO. You’ll do fine.
@raincoaster, sorry Patti, my other blog has about 1,000 photo’s, are they no good with out keyword’s and am i to late to add them
DP, be my guest!
Putting my two pence in, am sure it is not too late. If you have the time.
raincoaster delivered all the advice I had to offer. Key words occur naturally in every language. We do tend to repeat what we are talking about naturally without any key word stuffing. Her advice about titles is also right on and you will read me saying the same things. Be specific and clear. Say what you mean to say and say it well. Use relevant tags, optimize images, and that’s all the SEO you need to know in a nutshell. What it comes down to is good writers write well. You’ve got the right stuff Patti. You can write well and you will be published.
TT, where would I be without you? Definitely still on the naff titles and not knowing a back link from a hindquarter, and so much more. It has been such a learning curve but absolute fun the whole way. So grateful and thank you so much. You and Raincoaster are absolute mistresses of your domains!
Raincoaster, thank you so much for dropping by and with such valuable advice and encouragement. To think those four places in every image upload is fertile ground for keywords. But your starting point? As you so succinctly put it, write your stuff. While trying to write not so much stuff!
Again, big thanks!
Thank so much for this. I feel the exact same way. I’m writing a book and hope to get “published” someday, but in the meantime I’ve taken up blogging. I love it, but there is the issue of having to think about page ranking and key words and all the digital jazz. I just ignore it and write, but I have to admit that I keep a close eye on my stats.
Many factors go into page ranking. Back in the day everyone had mile long blogrolls of reicprocal links. Technorati hasn’t tracked blogroll links them since 2008. Blogroll links mean little these days to Google if they are reicprocal. The very important factor is backlinks to posts. Backlinks are an indication of recognition. Whenever you can backlink to another blogger’s relevant post in a post of your own – do it! Backlinks are the currency of the blogsophere and you cannot ever go wrong by linking to good original writing in posts of your own. Give to get.
I sound preachy. I do want to say that I admire your writing and the light-hearted touch you bring to it too. Like Patti, You’re going to do well. I can tell that already. 🙂
Thank you and keep preaching 🙂 Like I’ve said before, you provide a valuable service to bloggers.
Lafemme, you know how much we love you and enjoy what seems to come so easily to you, with such style and witty panache! And when you do get published, well, I for one look fwd to a signed first edition!
Aw Patti, you’ve made my weekend. I need to keep this reply of yours and look at it every time I get my moody blues 🙂 Thanks so much. And when (crossing my digits and toes) I do get published you will get a signed copy 🙂
You will get there, just keep writing and don’t worry too much about those moody blues which are often fabulous sources of rich, buried treasure . . .
Very well written …
. . . as always! @TT, talking about you!
All that stuff is way to technical for my simple mind. I just write! LOL!
Hey Marcia, I know what you mean but what amazed me, on the exploration and research of all that stuff, is the amazing simplicity of it all. Putting it into practice, another discipline entirely . . . and as long as you keep writing, (don’t stop!) I shall keep reading!
If it makes you feel any better, at one stage I had a Page Rank of 0/10 – i.e. at least Google knew I was alive. Then I got my own domain and now Google doesn’t even recognise I have a page at all – I’m less than 0/10!!! 😆
Hey Team Family at Last, thank you so much for stopping by! Are you telling me a (Larry) Page Rank of 0/10 is good? It is a pulse of sorts? Surely it can’t be long before Google gets it’s mojo back on what it is missing out with everything @ty. All best!
Well, better than “This page is not ranked by Google”, which I perceive as lower than 0/10. Maybe that is just my warped persepctive! 😆
Always something new to discover. Thank you for your straight perspective!
I also thought having your own @ dot com helped with the ranking – which I have but only because of the mess I was in with half blogs here, there and everywhere and a domain name sitting in go.daddy .
I can edit. 🙂 xx
Gaynor, congratulations! That’s great news and I want to know all the details, please! Onwards and upwards!
Well, I didn’t mean that I was actually professionally qualified yet – but am on the way, and playing to my strengths. (Coincidentally, my high school song began with “Onwards and always upwards, ever shall we strive, to keep our learning burning, so noble and alive…”)
Funny the things which remain fresh the memory after so long!
It would be an honour and a really quick job to edit your work! 🙂