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How To Protect Your Site
From A Google PageRank Drop

For the uninitiated, Google ranks all pages on the web with a scale of PR0
to PR10 - higher is better. High PR sites or pages receive most of the
traffïc for competitive keywords or phrases. Keywords are what surfers type
into search engines to find what they're looking for on the web.


Ranking high in Google for popular keywords can prove very lucrative. It can
make the difference whether your website is in the black and producing
hourly profits, or a total worthless waste of pixel space. Having a high
Google PR is equivalent to having monëy in the bank, it is that important.

Google is still the undisputed king of traffïc and, regardless of what's on
the horizon, Google is the major deliverer of the web's traffïc. That's why
losing your high Google PR ranking, sometimes overnight, can be so
devastating for the struggling webmaster or marketer.

Read this article to discover how you as a webmaster can protect yourself
from lost profits and traffïc, even if Google pulls the plug on your site or
PR, while putting another one of their endless algorithms into place.

10 Ways to Outsmart Google's PageRank System

Here's a list of things you can do to lessen the impact of a sudden drop of
the almighty Google PageRank:

• Diversify your traffïc - make sure you cultivate other sources of traffïc
other than the search engines. Förm partnerships and strategic links with
other webmasters. Interact in forums and online communities.

• Provide quality information and frëe products or services that get 'good
word of mouth' recommendations from your visitors. Content will always be
king - make sure it reigns supreme on your site.

• Pick the right domain name. If you can, choose a short catchy keyword for
your domain, one people will remember and would naturally type into a search
engine or browser to find what they're looking for on the web. For example:
www.hotels.com.

• If you're having success with your site, (or/and especially if you're not)
venture into off-line advertising and promotion. Use traditional promotional
products, t-shirts, caps, bumper stickers, etc. to promote your URL. You can
also try PPC (Pay-Per-Click) advertising to provide you with targeted
traffïc and sidestep the search engines. Well sort of!

• Try viral products like ebooks, reports and frëe software programs to get
your links out into the marketplace. You can also try product or site
testimonials which are another great source of targeted traffïc.

• Be extremely careful of any out-going links from your site. Don't link to
bad neighborhoods (link farms, banned sites, etc.) Google will penalize you
for bad links so always chëck the PageRank of the sites you're linking to
from your site. If you don't have the Google Bar - you can chëck any site's
PageRank at: www.iwebtool.com.

• Onsite SEO factors do have an influence on rankings - make sure your site
is dressed to kill. Pay attention to keyword density, title descriptions,
meta tags, alt tags and interior linking structure. If you can, optimize
your site for all three major search engines: MSN, Yahoo and Google. But
don't stop there, also submit your site to the countless other smaller
search engines on the web. It's the old adage, don't put all your eggs into
the ever-changing Google basket or you'll probably turn your site and
yourself into one desperate basket case. Other search engines listed at:
www.isedn.org.

• Along those same lines, have a large spread of keyword phrases that you're
targeting with the content on your site. Don't go after extremely
competitive keywords which have countless major players with deep pockets
buying links, left right and center. Instead, pick a whole range of keyword
phrases that have less or little competition. All these keyword phrases will
add up to a flood of traffïc for your site. Phrases that for the most part
won't be affected by a sudden drop in PageRank. One good site for finding
these keywords is www.nichebot.com - it will give both the number of hits
and the amount of competition for each keyword.

• There is one more strategy you must explore if you want to lessen the
power and importance of your own site's PR. One strategy that will bring in
tons of Google traffïc even if your PR is ZERO. You must utilize the
PageRank of other sites on the web. Use off-page optimization for your major
keywords. Build countless anchor text links through keyword rich articles,
content related blogs and products that benefit from the high PR of other
sites on the web.

• Keyword rich articles are some of the best examples of this method,
placing them on high PR sites will filter Google traffïc through these
articles onto your site. It will also warm up these visitors before they
reach your site and they will be more receptive to any of your site's
offerings - nevër underestimate the power of the Pre-sell. Build enough
of
these links and a sudden drop in your own Google PR ranking won't
drastically affect your bottom line or the amount of quality traffïc you are
receiving.

What's even more satisfying, if you build these links, partnerships, and
off-site optimization - your Google PageRank will probably go up. If it
doesn't, who cares, for you will have Google-Proofed your site against any
sudden drop in your site's PR rankings and broadened the reach of your site
by using the high PR of other sites on the Web. In the process, you will
have protected your site and yourself from the big bad Google PR wolf.

You don't have to conquer Google, you just have to outsmart it!

Titus Hoskins

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