Google Page Rank. If you blog, and have done any research on linking, you’ve probably read that you want incoming links to your pages from sites that have a ranking of 4 or above. This apparently, will help your Google Page Rank., which, in turn, increases your position in the search engines. It is written, that a higher position in the search engines, means more traffic to your blog. Talk about a domino effect.

It’s all about links. Should you buy links? Should you sell links? Should you beg for links?

Or……should you pursue reciprocal linking from a blog like mine–a blog that hasn’t even gotten a ranking yet? Some, will tell you “No”. I, say, “Yes”.

Here’s the philosophy behind my thinking.

I currently have a blog that has no ranking, or 0/10 on “Google’s Page Rank”. My blog, and all new blogs in their infancy, get the same ranking. But….blogs grow. Their ranking increases. So….if you link to my blog, which has a ranking of 0/10 now, and it grows, and receives a ranking of 4/10++, that will affect your ranking as well.

So, what I’m saying is, “Don’t be so shallow, and so selfish, that you won’t link to an infant blog” That could be compared to not dating a girl or guy, before they go through an “extreme makeover”. You know the ones. In high school, they were the geek or ugly duckling. You may have snubbed them, or made fun of the. Then, at your class reunion, you didn’t even recognize them, because they had gone through a transformation. Now, they’re “hot”. Maybe, rich. Or, both. Maybe they’re Bill Gates. Can you blame them, if they won’t even give you the time of day?

A new blog, is like the geek, or ugly ducking, in high school. The blog is so new to blogosphere, it doesn’t even “deserve” a ranking. How sad. But, blogs grow up. The authors may become “probloggers”. They transform, and start getting lots of attention., i.e. traffic and a higher ranking. Then….. you want some of that “link love”. But, no matter how hard you try, you can’t get any. Poor you! Maybe, you should have paid some attention to them when they were in their infancy.

Are you going to be saying, “woulda, shoulda, coulda?” when you see a new blog, mature into a well renowned blog? And, now you want a link from them? Or, are you going to start supporting blogs, in their infancy, not caring if a link to them, lowers your Google Page Rank?

Stand up! Be the “first kid on the blogk” to send some “link love” to a new blog. Go online, and find those new blogs. Give them support. Link to their blog in one of your posts.

Fast forward….years from now, you’re at that blogging convention of probloggers, and one of those “ex-newbies” (now a problogger) is speaking of how they succeeded in blogging. Your name, and your blog’s name is mentioned. What a proud moment that will be.

Spread the link love!

I set up a “page”, I’ve named “Blogging Buddies”. I provide a link back to every person (with a blog) who has left a comment, or has linked, to either this blog, or my OM blog. Want your blog added? Leave me a comment, or, share some link love with me.

Comments will be moderated, and I visit every site before posting a link on my “Blogging Buddies” page.

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  1. KekoaNo Gravatar says:

    Brilliant idea! A refreshing departure from the usual mindset of “link deservingness” that some people hold. I for one will not borrow, buy, or beg for a link. How people respond to my content has always been up to them, and any artist (including a writer) knows that once they contribute to the world, once they truly express themselves, the work they’ve created no longer belongs to them anyway. It becomes a shared experience, and different people will relate to it in completely different ways.

    I know what you mean when you say a new blog is like an ugly duckling-geek trying to find its identity. I’ve felt that way with my own little blogging adventure, and, being a Renaissance Soul, I struggled to zero-in on what I wanted to focus on – how I wanted my blog to “show up” to the world. I don’t have it quite figured out yet, by any means, but I recently had an epiphany and realized that it’s much simpler than I thought.

    I was reading a brilliant book called “The War of Art” and by the end it had hit me. It’s just about love. I have to find what truly I love and then keep doing it, even on days when I think I hate it. Just like you.

    ~ Keep shinin’.

  2. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:


    Thank You for the response.

    I love to see comments that take the original idea, and expand on it.

    And, your right. If we find our “passion”, and add determination and persistence, success is possible.

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  4. I would love to be park of your Blogging buddies Program. Once I am added just send me an email so I can add you to my blogroll!

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  5. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Canadian Finance Guy,

    I’ll let you know when I get the page updated. It’s on my “list” of ever growing blogging duties, so it might take awhile.

  6. sharonNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara that is a great idea. I think that is a good thing when you start blogging from the heart and introduce the human factor to all this. Too often many bloggers, think in terms of page rank, visitors and so forth. the whole thing has become too commercialised. It’s time to add the human factor to all this. We all need some loving and you are giving out bucket loads!

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  7. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Sharon – Thank you for your kind words. Yes, when we get hung up on stats, page rank, etc, the human factor is often eliminated. It’s when we learn to blog for the love of it, we often see success in unimaginable ways.