Google PageRank Update February 2013

pagerank update 2013

Google Toolbar has once again changed the green painted color. PageRank which is indeed a great link analysis algorithm has been refreshed and websites are now ranked again on the scale of 0-10 based on the quality backlinks. This latest Google PageRank update took place today i.e. 4th February 2013 as expected. Google rolls out a PR update on quarterly basis which means websites are ranked on a scale of 0 to 10 after every 3 months. The last update was on November 2012 and just after three months a new update was rolled out. For over two years, despite thousands of backlinks (over 7,800) our blog maintained a PR 4.0 and just today Google was generous enough to finally take us to the next level. We have Alhamdulillah attained PR 5.0 and it's indeed a great motivational feedback from Google. There are reasons why our PR did not increase for such a long time. For the past three months we had been working on a strategy that really played well and I will be sharing all these details today.


What is PageRank?

It dates back to 1998 when Larry Page and Sergey brin first brought their paper formula's to public. PageRank is the backbone of Google and it's the major functionality that differentiates it from other Search engine giants like Yahoo! and Bing. It is an effective Page Popularity algorithm that keeps track of all incoming backlinks to a page in a safe record. Whenever search robots crawl your pages they count the number of incoming links pointing your web page and also keeps track of the number of links pointing from your web page to other niche sites. Based on the quality and not quantity of backlinks, the PR algo scales sites between integer values starting from zero to 10. For a normal blog, PR7 is the maximum achievable rank, for corporate blogs PR can go as high as 9 or 10. 

PR differentiates low quality websites from good content publishers. The more quality links or recommendations a site receive, the higher the chances are for it to attain a high PR.

SEO Importance of PageRank

Websites that are referred or recommended via backlinks rank higher in PR scale and get the benefit of faster crawl and index rate. Sites with higher PR are crawled faster compared to those with lower PageRank. For instance a PR 6 webpage is crawled several times per minute compared to a PR 4 page that is crawled once every minute. The faster the robot crawls your page the greater the chances for you to drive organic traffic and hit headlines in SERPs.

Should you rely too much on PageRank?

I have always advised new comers to rely only on their post frequency and quality of their topic selection. Its solely readership that counts first, rankings come second. A good PR does not guarantee that you will receive an exceptional treatment from Google in terms of Traffic. High PR does surely increase crawl rate but SERP ranking is based on a total different criteria. For your page to hit high on Google's first page, you must focus on nothing but trending topics. Think and act as a journalist and never share out-dated news. Be unique in your style and keep sharing content that may offer something new and different.

In my 4-year blogging experience I have seen several PR2-PR3 websites receiving much more traffic then PR5-PR7. The reason being one i.e. Right selection of topics and Quick publishing skills. Succeeding with online traffic is just like taking part in Rabbit and Turtle race - the slightest slumber could push you way back.

So in our priority list, PR comes fourth in the success queue.

  1. Readership First          (i.e. Posting quality content)
  2. Traffic second              
  3. ALEXA third
  4. PageRank Fourth

Revenue, trust and respect in the eyes of online community and internet marketing agencies rely mostly on readership. No one can judge how much traffic you receive per day. People estimate your traffic from your fan following count and then rankings. If we have to compare ALEXA and PR, then my vote will always favour ALEXA, for reasons explained in the post below.

In short do try your best to get good PageRank for the purpose of achieving good crawl and index rate. But do not become a victim of a false belief i.e. High PR means high Traffic

Why was our PR not increasing?

As you may already know PR is never sequential and neither dependent on the quantity of backlinks. If you have PR4 today then don't expect PR5 on next update because if you don't carefully follow the SEO guidelines then your PR could drop too.

I have already explained three important fundamental reasons on why a PageRank doesn't increase for a website and I will be sharing yet two more reasons today.

For the past two years we were carefully choosing products and we would write a quality 1K word review on it with three paid links. The income was really impressive and that motivated us further to accept more reviews. Most of these products were related to our niche so we thought may be we were not doing something weird but I failed to realize that Google's artificial intelligence is way ahead of us all now.  Google carefully keeps a record of websites that sell products and marks every single link pointing to them. These websites include sites like web hosting companies, merchandise sellers,  software vendors, electronic dealers etc. A nofollow link pointing to them would never cause you harm but a dofollow link would decrease your importance in the eyes of Google. Promoting such product sites is a great risk and therefore we have stopped practicing this bad hobby permanently. The result was such that the moment we stopped this practice, our PR jumped high. We had always doubted this practice and our doubts are now a fact.

For sites which promote revenue sharing programs and accept guest posting, PR would remain constant for them too because every single out-going link in those guest posts leaks out half of your PR juice.

We have therefore stopped accepting both reviews and guest posts. The result this time was somehow expected and we knew that the PR would certainly change. Alhamdulillah the right decision played well in our part.

Must check:

Quick PageRank Formula

Receiving a high PR is surely not as difficult today as it was 3 years ago. The community has grown pretty generous now and you have several platforms where you can place your link. You are no more limited to article directories and painful forum registrations. In our SEO package, I always suggest clients with a PR boosting formula that is based solely on common sense.

The formula revolves around guest posting. Nothing works well for PR except few quality guest posts. Now the main question is how to reach some generous web masters who may accept your guest posts and provide you a juicy backlink.

You will need to build strong mutual relations with 3-4 of your favorite blog admins on daily or at least weekly basis. You will first need to win their trust. Once you succeed in drawing their attention, you can then ask them for a guest post without any hesitation.

Follow this quick strategy:

Quick PR Formula:

  • Select 3-4 niche high PR blogs
  • Comment daily or on alternate days on these blogs by leaving a useful and sense-full comment.
  • Do send them feedback and suggestions via their contact form once a week
  • Report to them any Copyright violation you may observe - They will love you for this!
  • Build a family type relationship
  • Practice this for 2 months.
  • When the time is right, send them a polite request for a guest post.
  • Make sure your blog is well designed, presented and contains at least 50 posts. You must provide a solid reason so that the author may offer a link.
  • Make your Post of at least 1K words
  • Make your post presentable, sound mature and to the point
  • Never try to promote yourself or your brand on a guest post, talk about the topic only.
  • Add images and video to make the post stand out
No one would neglect such a great post from a loyal reader. Try it! :) 

Next update?

We are listing old and coming updates below along with our PR status on each update:

What's your PR Status?

With all that said, tell us what is your PageRank update status? Feel free to ask for any suggestions if needed. If you experienced a PR dropped then do not loose hope and keep working on your brilliant content and if in case your PR increased then you should be extra careful to utilize it well and avoid all bad practices.  I wish all the best to every new comer who are gifted with a PR increase and request them to work with even more zeal and enthusiasm. Wish you more power buddies. Peace and blessings always! :)

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  1. Congrats on moving up the ladder bro... I am still at 3/10, but aiming for getting better next time ;)

  2. its great news for all bloggers and congratulation for this success.

  3. I still remember 3 months ago i read a post of November 2012 PR update on this blog and i was really disappointed because my PR was 0 that time. Then i tried to learn about backlinks and this kind of other stuff. Finally,Alhamdulillah, my 2 blogs achieved PR of 1 and my other site got PR 2 from 0 in todays update. :)

  4. one blog jumped to 2 and second one 0 :(

    on my new blog HPB, we post average 5 posts daily on different time. Writers are from Kuwait, India and USA

    I hope next time i will get good rank :-)

  5. by the way Congrats for PR 5 :-)

  6. Congrats MBT Team for the PR5...I also growed my pagerank from 1 to 2...Now my PR is 2....Its time to celebrate...
    Congrats once again.

  7. Yay..!! My site is PR2.. No improvement of PR...

    Anyway, congratulation to all of us...

  8. Congratulation MBT for Achieving This Success.

  9. Many many Congratulation for this achievement but you deserved that.

  10. Congrats MBT, i know your hardwork and dedication will pay off and certainly it does. you will get to PR7 before next year february.
    PLS i am still expecting the comment form code. i droped a comment on that a prticular post yesterday.

  11. wow, congrats for MBT,
    and now my blog PR 2 from 0, its a good news

  12. Congrats for MBT. Many new things i learned from here day by day.

  13. congratulation !! Im on the way of PR incrementation :) i mean i just started my blog and trying to make Backlinks !

  14. Congrats guys! Your blog and hard work is by far the best around and earns what simply deserves. I'm so happy im reading your news and suggestions. It definitely makes us better. I love also your new template design! Keep it up and stay motivated and healthy. All the best! :)

  15. Güzel yazı ve örneklerden dolayı seni kutlarım Muhammed Bey ;
    Sadece küçük bir özeleştiri ;
    Yazılarında dış bağlantı göremedim.Yani PR değerinizi şurdan kontrol edin.Bir bağlantı linki neden yok ? Sadece merak.
    Yazılarınızdan faydalanıyoruz.Tekrar teşekkürler.

  16. My blog has the same PR ..anyways,ive got more traffics and earnings.. but i really want to get higher PR than traffics and earnings.. 0.o COngrats MBT!

  17. I created my new blog last October 2012, and I am surprise inspite of the Penguin updates, my blog now has PR3... thank you! For 3 months I got PR3 and that's a valuable gift to me from Google!

  18. congrats MBT, sadly my PR didnt improved, but traffic and alexa has incresad alot.
    nevertheless better luck next time.
    M.Y.B Softwares

  19. Congrats Muhammad! My PR stays on the 3, no change. However my traffic increases a lot!

  20. Muhammad brother congratulation Muhammad bro main ne aik blog create kia he per mere only 2 page index hoye hain Bing main. please mujhe suggest dian me mere sub url index ho jaye. my blog is. main ne bing main api site ka url submit kr dia he sit map bhi submit kai he. or fetch as bing bhin use kr raha hun per phr bhi page index nahi ho rahe please mujhe suggest dain. thanks

  21. Hurrey, I have got pagerank 1 for my new blog. Thanks MBT for provoding me a great tutorial and also to Google.

    My Blogger Tips And Tricks

  22. Hi I just posted a comment here, but its not showing hey where is it gone?
    I think its bit confusing here at this comment box that i am unable to see
    any publish button I think i pressed the button wrongly one blue line and
    one line button its really confusing brother for a newbie like me. pl mention it publish and review so that new people can understand how to post a comment
    Thank you so much for your wonderful services especially in the field of computers and blogging, i have one more suggestion please, here at this comment box the spell check option too is not functioning it may be difficult for a person to go to the word file and type cut and paste it here for a perfect one, so pl provide the spell check option too here at comment box. Hey will you be able to post a guest post at my page, your logo is long back placed in my blog, pl do think on this whenever you get time pl. let me know. my id is pvariel at gmail dot com
    have a good and wonderful day
    Best Regards.

  23. Congratulation bro, keep it up. i like it

    Rahul Kashyap

  24. I'm feel happy to say about this my blog got pagerank 4/10 within three months and now i'm work hard to maintain this pagerank.

  25. from 0PR to 1PR and also my some page shows PR3. could you tell me how is that. and congrate for PR5.

  26. My blog PR increased from 0 to PR-1 in just two months. by the way congrats for gaining PR-5 which is hard to earn

  27. wow. It's really awesome. MBT is now PR 5. Hope after next update MBT will get 6-7 PR. :)

    Good blogging
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  28. I created a new blog 2 days ago. so, not rank yet. hope next update i will get 2 page rank. if i working on my blog regularly.

  29. My blog got PR 2. Congrats to all who have improve their PR.



  31. It sound good to hear about the new pagerank of mybloggertricks
    Tech Ideas

  32. Congrats! MBT is my favorite blog and i'm really happy to hear the PR update news. I need your honest opinion on one thing that i've restricted the copy-paste and right click ability on my website. Does is have a bad effect ? I'm new in blogging.
    My website--
    daily technology

  33. nice your site thanks for sharing love you all teme good work keep it up
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  34. Congrats Brother on your PR Upgrade. Fortunately, even i got a Good News with the Update ;) has now got a PR update as well.. M so happy ;D

  35. Congrats for PR5. My blog's PR didn't changed , still 0 . Thanks for sharing tips.

  36. COngraXxX..
    my blog has PR2

  37. My PR dropped from 1 to 0. I am very sad. Though my alexa is improving day by day, I guess my Pagerank is too low. :(

  38. am working hard to increase my page rank...... TricksWorld 99

  39. Its suck a great feeling to receive feedback from everyone of you. I wish the same zeal and excitement for as long as we work together. :)

    your will surely increase very soon! :)

    Congos!you can still maintain even higher PR with continued link building. :)

    jazaKAllah lost man! :d

    Thank you buddy. Well about your second great blog, PR does not depend on post frequency you must build links for it. You have many links from MBT pointing your main domain skfanclub, so keep hopes high for nextt update and never link low quality sites or forums as dofollow. simple add a nofollow attribute to such sites. This will help improve things a lot.

    @adeel @jay @atiqur @kaleem
    Wish you more power buddies! :)

    Oh that was surely a sweet prayer! :)

    Buddy post your question in Recipe posts only. Inside kitchen: Template Customization I will reply it with 24 hours. :)

    @topi @yanuar @bishni

    Thanks a bunch and congos to all of you! :)

    Really glad you liked the new design. Thanks a millions for the kind words :)

    Thank you for the kind feedback. However I could not understand your question even after translating your text using google translator?


    More success to you! :)

    Much more is coming your way. More success to you. :)

    ALEXA is improving that is even a better news! :)

    Staying constant is a great news. Keep building links. It will surely increase if you follow the precautions mentioned in the post above. :>

    Always welcomed dear :)

    @P V Ariel
    To make it simple always click any reply button and then publish your comment inside that pop-up. We have not so far receive any complains from other readers. Apologies for the inconvenience.

    You asked for a post from me, I wish you will really understand how stuck we get with so much work around. I really wish to send you a post but time is making things really difficult. I will always be there to help you whenever you ask for. The kitchens are waiting you! :d

    @Rahul @raman @hazara @mridula
    Thank you so much. Congratulations to all of you too :)

    Ameen! :d What was yours? :)

    Congrtaulations buddy :)

    Always welcomed dear. Thanks a bunch :)

    A pleasure pal. Thank you :)

    Do you see the right click functionality on our blog or any other corporate blog? If no then that means you are really missing readership value. Of course never add such scripts that may cause your readers problems in noting down your content. Stealers will steal from your source file or simply block JavaScript. So you can never stop people stealing. you may continue producing good content and keep reporting violators to blogger by following this post: Report violation to blogger

    Pleasure buddy :)

    @Resham @abdul Rafay
    Congratulations pal. Wish you even more1 :)

    Constant Pr is an achievement too. More power pal :)

    Were you careful with your outgoing links?

    Dont loose hope PR1 and PR0 are alike so you must look for at least PR2. You still have the backlinks so focus on creating valuable content buddy :)

    You surely will succeed if you continue with this spirit :)

  40. Congrats on this achievement. PR5 justifies that your are part of a big league.

  41. Assalaaam....
    Hi, it's me Mohammad (buka-rahasia), sure I will do what you have suggested. Thanks in advance. One more time, Congrats! Oh yeah, psssttt.... I know it's too late but congrats on your engagement, too :)

  42. @Mohammad Mustafa Ahmedzai Thanks buddy, just hitting my thought on the posts with outgoing links without nofollow. Thanks mate. :D

  43. By Google Translate posts, I understand.

  44. Congratulations for moving one step above to PR5,actually you are a roll model blogger.and always come up with useful words.My blog is still at PR0 and i must follow your instructions of minimizing outbound links.

  45. Thanks for your good information...

  46. My Blog Got PR 2 From 0 :) Thanks For Your Helpful Services And Guidelines , Thank You MTB Once Again .

    My Blog :

  47. alhamdulillah, congrats for the achievement, my blog is still PR 2, am hoping to get to 4 in the next update. just hope i will make it even more.

  48. Congratz... Bro And Thanks 4 Your Information...

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  49. its great achievement.

  50. My page rank was constant since many reviews.but this feb it dropped.i did nothing with outgoing links.may be added few, that were content related.what do you think that i should declare them no follow

  51. Great work Mustafa Bhai,i just saw your Website rank at Alexa.
    May Allah Give You more Success and happiness.

  52. fantastic post bro u r great

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  55. Congrat Mohammad .Kindly guide me any website there i can exchange or submit my website for increasing backlinks.

  56. Ahmad Bhai , I am new comer and I wish to learn from your blog. You way of writing articles is very impressive and I like this. This post is very informative and useful for every blogger. Keep it up and posting like that.

  57. I had been a year in the blog post, 400 post. Why yes I do not get the PageRank blog, What's wrong dlam my Blog "" please opinion companions all briliant

  58. My blog PR increased from 0 to PR 2 in just three months. :D

    By the way, congrats for PR 5! :-)

  59. Assalamualaikum,Mohammad Saya baru 5 bulan dalam dunia blog,saya tidak mengerti SEO,Kira-kira 2 minggu sebelum Update PR saya memakai template Ayubi.lalu pada saat google update PR saya dapat dari PR.0 menjadi PR.3.Apakah karena template ayubi dari sini salah satu pendukungnya? saya tidak faham.Yang penting saya cuma mau mengucapkan terima kasih atas kebaikan anda dalam memberikan template gratis dan tutorial yang bermanfaat.

  60. Congratulations Mustafa on achieving PR:5
    This update was really amazing, I am also surprised that my blog gets PR:1 at its initial stage, I am just setting up my blog to publish properly , at this time I have no posts , but still my blog gets PR:1 ,
    This is very helpful for me in my future when I will write Articles for my blog ,
    "Thanks again to Google"

  61. Informative post.
    Congrats bro.
    MBT deserved this PR5+
    My new blog grab PR 1,

  62. I haven't checked at each update, but it used to be PR4 and NOW it's PR2!!!

    I'm definitely going through and adding rel="nofollow" to all the guest recipes I accepted from small-time blogs, also adding this to any affiliate links. Can one add too many rel="nofollow"?

    Also, you mentioned your priority was to rank higher on Alexa.. can you explain why that is?



  63. wow great post ahmed bhai... i really likes your blog bcoz its very encouraging for me.. keep it up bro..

    Iam just starting my blogging so hope to get gud pr in the next update..

  64. matt cutts thinks a lot to do such a stuff!
    hats off!

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  66. Congrats buddy.... My PR also changed from 0 to1. Lot more to climb.

    MBT - The best blog i have ever seen. Great Work. Very useful for newbies.

  67. Google Updates It's Pagerank on every 3 Months, and today is 3 month but google is not update Yet :)

    Founder of Make Money Online

  68. Thank you very much to give me such a fine idea regarding
    google page rank. i also keep under estimated this most meanful thing.

  69. It is to long, i wait and waiting and check my pagerank on

  70. Thanks Admin for Valuable Ideas

  71. Hello Sir,
    you did great job,
    i want to ask that i have created 300 high PR forum profile links and 300 High PR Social Bookmarking in 15 days, after more 15 days i did check but they are not indexed in Google. only 100 links indexed in Google, how can i get index those back links fast please tell me i am very confuse back links that i have created for my web about it,
    i hope you got my point

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