My Google Page Rank is Increasing!

Well happy days for me.  I have almost made it to the number 1 spot for the google query “joe riggs blog“, that pesky MMA fighter still holds the top rank, but I’m working on it!  There are a couple searches that are more specific where I come back as #1

  • joe riggs kentucky
  • riggs resume
  • send xml to Secured Server

Since I’m on the subject, I thought that I would share some tips that will help you increase your pagerank:

1) Content.  There’s no way around this, if you want google to rank your page, you need to give its robots something to rank.  The more content you have, the better off you are.  Along these lines, it helps to have dynamic titles that reflect the current page, this also helps people who are searching see relevent information, since google lists the page’s title as the url to your website.

2) Backlinks.  These are links to your page from pages outside of your website.  The kind you need are those that do NOT have the ‘nofollow’ attribute.  Nofollow tells the googlebot not to add these links to its index, you may have noticed your links in comments on wordpress and many other ‘social’ websites contains these type of links.

There are many free ways to get good backlinks.  Many forums and social sites such as facebook and digg allow you to post a link to your site.  Another way is to reach out to fellow content authors to see if they would be interested in trading backlinks.  To do this, you will need a links section on your own website.

3) Register.  All of the major search engines have provided a place for you to tell them about your site.  For example, here is google’s.   Google even has a webmaster application that will give more detailed information about how they ‘see’ your site, I highly recommend using it, plus it’s free.

Of course page ranking is a major business on the internet, and for many companies out there this is their specialization.  But, I find that these simple, honest techniques will help most small sites out there get some page-rank love too.

Edit:  I just hit #1 with this post (05/19/09)!  Wonder how long this will last..

joe riggs blog top query for 'joe riggs blog'
joe riggs blog top query for 'joe riggs blog'

Block Spammers by IP address in WordPress

Sooner or later you’re going to have a bot relentlessly pinging your site and posting comments that link to undesirable sites.  Fortunately, stopping these tpyes from accessing the site is easy.
1) If it’s not already there, create a file named .htaccess in the root directory of your blog.

2) Add the following text:

order allow,deny
deny from
deny from
allow from all

3) As you receive new spam posts, add a new line to this file containing the offender’s ip address.