[teknoids] Tips for Increasing Google PageRank

Earl Daniels lawead at langate.gsu.edu
Wed Mar 3 13:34:35 EST 2010

In addition to the steps that Dennis took and those suggested by Google:

 - Remember that search indexing robots are "disabled": Make certain your site is accessible at least to section 508 standard.
 - Since we are a "College of Law" and people more often search for "law school" - I tag photos with "Law School Professor..."  or "Law School Student..."
 - There's no substitute for quality content
 - avoid broken links - no just inside your site, but also incoming links - set up a redirect system to preserve old incoming links. Analyze your site's error logs!
 - Make link text on your site say what they link to... bunches of link that just say "more" hurt rankings. Same applies to page file names.

My 2 cents' worth,
- Earl

Earl A. Daniels, Web Coordinator
Georgia State University College of Law
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>>> Dennis Bishop <dennisbishop at gmail.com> 3/2/2010 6:56 PM >>>
Hi All,

Following is an excerpt from a discussion about our law school website outranking the main university's site. My Dean approached me a few years back about our dismal placement in Google results (third or fourth page). We developed the protocol below to gain rank and over the years have had success. 

Does anyone else have any tips for increasing PageRank? 




Begin forwarded message:

> From: Dennis Bishop <dbishop at law.uoregon.edu>
> Date: March 2, 2010 2:46:40 PM PST
> To: deptcomp at lists.uoregon.edu 
> Subject: Re: deptcomp: Quirky google behavior with 'UO' search
> Hi All,
> Over the past few years the law school has been extremely diligent in following Google's guidelines for gaining PageRank. Our goal was to rise in PageRank when someone searched for "oregon law school". Whether or not the following contributes directly to the behavior described below, I think all of the following steps have contributed to our rise in PageRank. 
> In a nutshell, we:
> 1. submit our sitmap according to Google's Webmaster Tools: http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ 
> 2. keep our Wikipedia entry up to date: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Oregon_Law_School 
> 3. segmented our site into separate subdomains for separate program areas (n=11).
> 4. integrate Google Analytics into every page and study our analytics for any problems.
> 5. register our site(s) in every aspect of Google (e.g. Local Business Center)
> 6. diligently remove dead or outdated links.
> For those interested in gaining PageRank, I recommend first visiting: http://www.google.com/webmasters/checklist/ 
> Best,
> Dennis
> ===
> On Mar 2, 2010, at 2:11 PM, J.D. Hauger wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have a friend who is the main receptionist at the law school. She asked me to post this question to deptcomp, because she is annoyed of how many calls she fields from the results of searching for "University of Oregon" on google:
>> http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=university+of+oregon 
>> The question in basically, why does Google push forward the law school as the main result for searching for "University of Oregon"?
>> I let her know there's probably not much anyone can do about it, the google algorithm has decided the law school is the most important subdomain and representative of the school as a whole. She will continue to have to field multiple calls a day because of this result.
>> But now I'm curious, because the law school website doesn't have the most content, and I doubt it has the most incoming links, why does Google think it's what people want when they search for UO?
>> Is it perhaps because the Law School has a "local business" listing and the rest of the school does not?
>> Sorry if this is distracting, cheers,

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