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Kyle Herranen

Please help with Pagerank, just checked it and it's 0/10.

I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 

Please help troubleshoot my pagerank for http://www.kyleherranen.com. I understand backlinks contribute to it and mine are fairly low, however I'm concerned I may have other issues. Does anyone with more experience than I see anything that I might be missing that is penalizing me. I'm using my name in all SEO Page Titles, but it is a common approach in my field (artist websites), and see many sites using this approach with much higher Pageranks than mine.

Yes I know Pagerank is not the end all of rank, however I've read that to get sitelinks you need to be at the top (which I am) for your search and have a Pagerank of at least 2. Been waiting for years for sitelinks and just now stumbled on Pagerank and understand my site needs some work.

Any help, ideas, or direction would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much.


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Hi Kyle
I wouldn't use PageRank or links as a metric. We've last updated PageRank more than a year ago (as far as I recall) and have no plans to do further updates. Think about what you want users to do on your site, and consider an appropriate metric for that. http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2011/06/beyond-pagerank-graduating-to.html


Kyle, your robots.txt file is incorrectly set up.

Your wordpress installation is in the root of the site, not in a subfolder called wordpress.

So what you have now in http://www.kyleherranen.com/robots.txt is ineffective.

Also /kyle-herranen-contact.html is a page that responds with a 404, it should not be blocked in robots.txt.
Ditto for the other .html pages yu are blocking.

See this tutorial for your WordPress site robots.txt file and to add robots noindex meta tags to certain types of pages  (such as tag, category, archives) to minimize content duplication: 
Your should get the attachment pages noindexed, they don't have any useful content.

There may be a WP plugin for that.

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Kyle Herranen
Thanks so much!
Hi Kyle,

As I'm sure you know, John Mueller is the official Google spokesperson, so if he says ignore PageRank then you're safe to ignore it!

Assuming your goal is to have more traffic to your site, then I'd recommend targeting longer phrases in your H1 titles and Page Titles. For example the page - www.kyleherranen.com/artwork/ is obviously optimized for "Artwork", however so are millions of other pages on the internet and unless you're Wikipedia or a major art portal, you need to do some keyword research and use a longer title that narrows down what you do, even if it only has 100-200 searches a month, you'll actually find this increases the traffic, rather than reduces it.

Google tend to like pages with plenty of text content to, which is always a challenge for art sites, so writing longer articles for your 'News' section would help.  Overall it's a great looking site, with a beautiful simple design that shows your art at its best, so focusing on the SEO would be my recommendation, starting with some keyword research (I use Google's Adwords Keyword tool for this as a good starting point, you do need an account, but it's free to create one).

We've also put together an infographic on all the major Google algorithm updates over the last 4 years - see www.indigoextra.com/blog/google-algorithm-updates-seo, which is more relevant than PageRank in today's SEO world.

Hope that helps!


Eduall Educational Services, please start your own thread.  It's not fair to the person who started this thread to discuss other sites.  It can also get confusing for all concerned.


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