Now that the dust has settled after the latest Google toolbar update, it’s time to analyze what the numbers actually mean. A lot of blogs received a Page Rank 3 (this one included), and while I don’t want to take anything away from that statistic, I’ll tell you how easy it is to get a PR3.
One of my blogs, about three months old, has almost all of its links from a handful of directory submissions and about a dozen blog carnivals. I gave the blog two other links: one from my PR4 blog and one from my PR5 blog. That was it. I didn’t spend hours building up link backs or anything like that. I assume that what I did was the absolute minimum needed to achieve a PR3, but whatever, it’s a sweet little stat to be able to throw around now that I’m selling the blog.
One other point of note: I told you a few weeks ago that I bought a dropped domain. At the time, it had a PR5. I took the domain, mimicked some of the original content, started writing my own posts and guess what – the Page Rank held. The blog now stands at PR5 with a number of internal pages at PR4, and I have already sold three ads with Text Link Ads for $25 a month each, as well as two other links for $30 and $35. See – you can make money blogging based on Page Rank.
I now have some weight with which I can sell that blog, because it already makes money. Right there that proves that you can make money with dropped domains. It also proves that if you have the time to establish your own blog network, you can use it to your advantage.
After the recent shake up, I would say that the hard work is in reaching Page Rank 4, like Ben Cook did. Hats off to that guy – he deserves it.
One other point of interest: my post about dropped domains received a Page Rank 4 because I submitted it to blog carnivals. Never underestimate the power of those carnivals.