WordPress 2.01, Page Rank, and Bounce Rates – it’s all in this article

For those of you that have visited my site this morning, you may have noticed its been down. I’ve been upgrading the WordPress System from version 2 to 2.01. It’s supposed to deal a bit better with heavy work loads, so they say, we’ll see if its true. Can’t notice any other real big changes. Bit of a let down after uploading the new files at 0.08kbps!

I’ve also relooked at the navigation of my site, I have had a few requests for a more visible “Home” button. So at the top, in my site header, you will now see some more visible basic navigation buttons. Click away, I hope this lowers my bounce rate. Impressed hey? I’m getting down with the lingo. For those of you that don’t know, here is the description of this cool SEO word, as per Recommended Web Tools:

Bounce rate indicates what percentage of people ENTERED at this page and then left the site all together. Ideally, webmasters want visitors to continue visiting their site no matter which page they arrive on. A low bounce rate means visitors moved on to another page on the site from this page. A high bounce rate means visitors arrived at this page but were not compelled to continue visiting/browsing the site.

I have a question for all you developers, designers, and optimizers – why is my page rank still 0? Any ideas anyone? I’m getting good traffic, I have a good quite a few back links, but alas, my page rank, she will not change!

My page rank is 0

This is probably a very boring post to the average reader, but I hope it benefits some of you. If you haven’t upgraded your WordPress, it’s pretty painless, go to WordPress.org.

Don’t worry a more reader-friendly article is to follow.


3 responses

  1. How did you increase your pagerank so much? Your at a 7 now. Not bad for 1 year.

  2. Hi Brock,

    Hmm… I somewhat doubt I have a page rank of 7. I just double checked and it is still reflected as PR5 on my side. They key to a healthy Page Rank is all to do with backlinks. Leave comments on the big blog sites, get involved in discussions. Don’t leave “Hi, I like you site” comments, make sure they are related to the article you are commenting on, otherwise the webmaster will flag you as spam.

  3. Ahh, my mistake. http://www.checkpagerank.com has a confusing interface or at least is confused me.

    I thought that comment links were considered somewhat worthless for SEO since google recommended marking user submitted links with the rel="nofollow" attribute. That said I typically visit a comments website if they have something interesting to say and are not be obviously phony.

    Thanks for the tip!

    PS I love your header image

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