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    Google Tip

    Google counts links from other pages in your site when calculating pagerank, but how much does it count them? Also google if your domain has a high page rank it filters down to subdirectories as well.

    For instance...

    if http://www.yoursite.com has a rank of "10"

    then http://www.yoursite.com/page1.html will have a rank of "8"

    http://www.yoursite.com/dir1/page1.html will have a rank of "6"

    http://www.yoursite.com/dir1/dir2/page1.html will have a rank of "4"

    and so on

    Now the numbers are completely arbitrary, but I'm trying to illustrate the behavior that goes on.

    Now, take my Literature site. I've got nearly 9000 pages indexed by google on it. However most are deep in subdirectories

    http://www.online-literature.com/shakespeare/hamlet/4/

    By the time you get that far down the trickling of the pagerank from your main page is very small.

    So even though I have 9000 pages linking back to my main page all of those links do not amount to much comparatively.

    On the other hand, take my wilderness survival site.

    It doesn't use subdirectories at all. Everything is just

    www.wilderness-survival.net/chp5.php

    for example.

    Because of this, every single page on the site has a good pagerank.

    Now my literature site has a ton of links to it, over 200 listings in DMOZ to different parts of it (not the main page, but to author or book pages). A bunch of listings in yahoo, and it has been live in it's current form for 9 months so it's accumulated more links from random places.

    My wilderness survival site has been live 3 months. Google only sees less than 10 foreign pages linking to it. Yet it has a much higher page rank than my literature site. Why? Well I'm pretty sure its because my literature site uses all those directories where my wilderness site does not.

    So 150 some pages have a high pagerank because they are directly off my site root, and since they all link back to my main page, that rank goes back up as well.

    So when designing your pages keep this in mind. Sites directly off your document root will have a higher pagerank than sites higher up the directory tree. This trickle down effect (which I think was implemented in july as I did not notice it before) is also why some geocities pages and whatnot can have decent page ranks.

    Also remember that links directly from your main page carry a heavy weight. For instance on my site the books in my recently added list are ranked higher than most other books because of that link on my front page.
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    Here's another Google tip I learned from the Trafficology newsletter ( http://www.trafficology.com ) - supposedly Google will count links from Google itself to your site as a high-popularity page linking to yours, improving your rank.

    I've now set up an AdWords account on a few "Estimated cost: $0/month" keywords (low traffic but still get a few a day) and I'll see if my rank improves because of this as others have reported.

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    Good point Chris, and very true

    Another thing to try is that if you have important sections buried a few subdirectories..try getting other sites linking to those subdirectories to help give them a boost in ranking...instead of your main page.

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    great tip....

    i will try it...and see for myself...if it works or not

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    Chris,

    Got a question. I see that you are an editor for Dmoz. Has DMOZ ever been acepting editors for the longest time? I have tried to get into the merchant categories since I own www.gotmerchant.com and I was rejected every time. Do they even accept anymore editors or you just have to be grandfather in long time ago. I think I did have an account long time ago, but don't remember anything about it, because I found the site when it was really small and didn't think it would ever become anything.

    Thanks
    Curtis

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    I'll have to remember this......
    Ummmm.......

    Whats the internet ??????


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