This is a two part post. Here’s the first part: Part 1
Having applied the same strategies that I did in my two PR3 sites to GEORYL, I was a bit puzzled when I barely can’t get off the PR0 rank. I did a little research and stumbled upon a SEO tools site where one of the tools was to check whether a site is a Google banned/penalized site or not. Based on the results, GEORYL “appears to be a banned/penalized.” This set me in a panic mode and I further researched on the topic.
The legitimacy of my WordPress files became one of the issues when I had learned that some files in my WordPress installation are not really legit files. There are two possible reasons for this to happen:
- Using Free Premium Worpress Themes
- Having an Unsecured Webhost
No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
The first installation of Thesis on GEORYL is a free copy from a site that I am not really familiar with. I found out during my research that some sites offering premium WordPress templates for free usually inject some codes into the files either to provide a back link to their site or just to spread malicious codes. After learning about it, I immediately bought a licensed copy of The Thesis Theme for WordPress and reinstalled the theme.
Widespread Virus Attack at GEORYL’s Webhost
In September last year, a lot of sites were hacked at my web host provider. The sad part was I had to face it on my own because the web host refused to accept that it’s a server problem despite numerous web masters claiming that they had been hacked all at the same time. My educational background is in accounting and management so technicalities like this is really not my specialty but left with no choice, I found a fix with Mr. Google’s help – but I’m not sure if all my files are ok then.
During the last page rank update of Google in 2010, GEORYL still haven’t earned a rank. The SEO test results still showed that the site appears to be penalized. This prompted me to transfer the site to a new host and have a fresh install of everything.
Now, GEORYL finally has a page rank.
The circumstances above may or may not apply to your blog so be sure to take this post with a grain of salt. Google keeps it’s page rank rules and algorithm as a secret (because if not, a lot of sites will probably get PR8 or higher). What I’m presenting is my OWN analysis of how my blog finally got a page rank and it’s not an expert’s view on things. If you want to learn more about how to get a page rank (or at least good in Mr. G’s eyes), check out Google’s Webmaster Central and the webmaster’s tools.