Recently I accidentally discovered an interesting way to increase your Google Page Rank to PR4 for free. I’m going to tell you exactly what I did. But before you read on, promise me that you will not report me to Google!
Ok, I was just joking. It’s nothing unorthodox, illegal or unethical. In its simplicity, the method is called article marketing.
You see, I do a lot of article submissions to promote my websites. But for years, I have been making 1 mistake that I only realized recently. This 1 mistake interesting made one of my ‘hardly-promoted’ website a PR 4.
Here’s the full story:
If you have submitted articles to article directories before, you will know that there are two ways to add an anchor link in your article.
The first way is to add it in a resource box. This is the most common way.
But some directories do not have a resource box. For such directories, you will have to add your link within the article itself.
One such directory is Article Alley.
When you submit an article to Article Alley, there isn’t any resource box where you can add your anchor link to promote your website. So I usually add the link within the article itself.
But what I didn’t know FOR YEARS is that there is one standard resource box for every author and this resource box, if filled up, will appear in all the articles you’ve submitted. That’s where my mistake was made.
Several years back when I opened my account with Article Alley, I wrote something in that standard resource box. I also put one of my first websites as my website address. This was done in the author’s profile and as a newbie at that time, I was just obediently filling up all the blanks.
For your information, the website I’ve entered is a mini-site, with less than 5 pages in total and very little content. I’ve never promoted the website at all. It was one of those ‘great idea but never follow through’ websites.
What happened was Article Alley automatically inserted this website url to ALL the articles I’ve submitted. I have 100s of articles in Article Alley and all the articles contain a link to this ‘forgotten’ website.
Years past and now, this ‘forgotten’ website has a PR 4!!
As I’ve said, this website has not been promoted at all and the only link it has is from Article Alley, but it has 100s of links from Article Alley!
Now, does it mean the website got its PR 4 solely by having 100s of backlinks from 1 website?
Not quite true. Let me explain.
Article Alley is an article syndication network. Articles submitted to Article Alley will be distributed to many other websites. When I do a search for the backlinks to this ‘forgotten’ website, I found many links from other article directories.
That’s the power of article marketing!
A useful conclusion
One useful conclusion I can draw from this little incident is that when doing article marketing, you can have more than 1 link in your article. All your links will be counted by the search engine!
In my case, I typically have 3 different links in each article. That’s about the maximum that most article directories allow. But in the case of Article Alley, I have a total of 4 links. 3 within my article as usual and one in the standard resource box, which links to the ‘forgotten’ website.
The link to the ‘forgotten’ website is the last of the 4 links in the article.
The fact that this ‘forgotten’ website can get a PR 4 shows that all the links are counted, regardless of where the links are positioned.
This means if you have a few websites of the same theme, you can write one article and include 3 links to 3 different websites. That way, you are promoting 3 websites at the same time. Of course, you have to do it tactfully so that your article does not look like a link spam.