What is PageRank?

Pagerank explained

Have you heard the term PageRank – not sure what it is exactly? What it is used for? Why it’s important? We hope that we can explain it a little in this post.

So what is PageRank – I’m going to quote from the Wikipedia site on PageRank and then explain it to you

PageRank is a link analysis algorithm, named after Larry Page and used by the Google Internet search engine, that assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents, such as the World Wide Web, with the purpose of “measuring” its relative importance within the set.

Confused? I was – so here is what it’s really saying PageRank is a mathematical formula that gives each site a value between 0 and 10 to say how authoritative it is within all the other pages on the web – it’s one of the factors used by Google to determine where you appear on the Google Search Page.

How is PageRank calculated?

It’s an equation that is closely guarded by Google there is lots of sites that “claim” to have the formula that it is calculated with, but what it boils down to is the fact that your PageRank is calculated based on your incoming links, number of pages and your outgoing links.

A brand new blog has a PR of 0 – it has no incoming links as it’s new and very few pages or outgoing links. As your blog starts to connect with other blogs and they mention you, your blog will start to gain PR and move up the ranks.

When a blog links back to you a part of it’s page rank is passed onto the page that is linked up. So getting links from higher ranking sites is of benefit, especially if they have fewer links as the link is worth more – but just to add to the mix – these are better if they come from real links so ones that fit in with your blogs theme rather than ones that have no connections with the content.

Where can I get my PageRank from?

Google PageRank Checker is the most well known of the PageRank Checker sites – we have placed the gadget below so you can check your PR easily from this post.

Check Page Rank of your Web site pages instantly:

This page rank checking tool is powered by Page Rank Checker service

What is a good PageRank?

I conducted a quick survey of bloggers who write about their kids and within this niche a typical PR is 3 or 4 – there are some sites that have a PR of 5-6 and equally some of PR 1-2 but most fall in that middle bracket.

 

Why is PageRank important to me?

PageRank is one of the factors that Google uses to place you on the search page – when a typical reader searches for information most people will click on a link in position 1 – 5 on a page, some will click further down – once you are on page 2 or more the people that will find your blog via searching decrease more and more by the time you are on page 4 very very few people will have searched through those pages to find your blog.

So by having a higher PageRank you increase the chances of appearing on the first page – we’re running a quick tips series on SEO – Search Engine Optimization every week with helpful hints on how to improve your own SEO.

 

How to grow your PageRank

Yes this is probably the bit that you most wanted to know, well basically it will happen it doesn’t happen overnight though you need to create the links back to your site organically.

The more connections you make with other bloggers the better. Joining in with linkies that feature posts each week increases your chances of having a page linked to, collaborating with other bloggers on blog hops and other projects is all part of the fun of blogging but also will help your PR to grow naturally. As well as using sites to promote your posts that others can search on – Pinterest – so this will increase your chances of having a post found and then featured on another blog when they want to link to others on a similar topic or do a round up of a topic.

 

Keep updated on the linky parties, collaborations with bloggers
and call outs for features within the Blogging With Kids Community!

 

 

SEO Tip: Image Alt & Title Tags

Today's Blogging Tip

SEO is a little mind-boggling to most bloggers.

What is SEO? SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Meaning that you want to optimize your site for search engines to access it and actually like what they see. There are some key things to do to make this happen.

A great place to start is to check out the 15 minutes checklist for SEO at Webconfs.com

We’ll be going through a few of what we think are important things to do for SEO for your site.

Telling search engines what your images are is a pretty easy, but very important, step.

Its #7 on their list, and its +2 importance for SEO. I rank it higher only because its something you can do easily from day one of blogging (and likely something you won’t go back and edit all your posts for). 

 

Why are Image Alt Tags so important to SEO?

Without an Image Alt tag, search engines have no idea what that picture is. They can’t see that its a child playing in a water sensory bin. So you have to tell the search engines what it is. 

 

How do you set Image Alt Tags?

In Blogger, it’s very simple now. After you’ve inserted the image into your post, click on it. There will be a blue bar that pops up. Click on “Properties”.

Click Properties in Blogger to Add Image Alt & Titles

There’s two boxes to fill out.

Title text and alt text.

(WordPress users, it’s very similar. Click on your image and edit it and fill out the Title and Alternate Text fields.)

I believe that alt text is more important, but since they’re both right here, you might as well fill out both.

Use keywords in your descriptions of your images that really do describe the photo.

For instance, in a photo that I would use on hands on : as we grow:

Instead of using: “Henry & George playing in the water.”

Use keywords: “Toddler & Preschooler Water Play”

 

Blogger > Image Properties > Title & Alt Texts

My keywords being water, toddler and preschooler. (Henry means absolutely nothing to most people who are searching on the web, so I never use it in an Image Alt tag. However, there are times when I do use it in the Title Tag. Why? Read on.

 

How are Title Tags different that Image Alt Tags?

Title tags appear on the image when you hover over them. I have a screen shot to show it below. But you can also hover over the image to see what I titled this image, too.

Your readers will see your Image Title Tags. So make sure they are relevant to them.

Image Title Tag Appearance in Post

Use image alt tags with every image you post. Sometimes its hard to remember, that’s okay. I forget about it too. It’s always better to do it later than not at all. The search engines will like you so much better once you tell them what your images are all about.

 

Have you been using the Image Alt & Title Tags in your posts? 

 

SEO Tip: Image Alt & Title Tags
 
Recipe Type: SEO Tip
Author: Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

How to add image alt and title tags in Blogger
Ingredients
  • http://kidbloggernetwork.com/blog/seo-tip-image-alt-title-tags/
Instructions
  1. Insert image into a post.
  2. Click on the image.
  3. Select “Properties” from blue bar
  4. Fill out “Title Text” and “Alternate Description” with descriptive keywords of the image.
 
Notes

The “Title Text” will be viewable to a reader when they hover over the image.

Facebook Cover Photo: Guidelines

Social Media Tips and How To's

Having a Facebook page is ideal for communicating with your readers. 

Setting up a cover photo is a way to make your Facebook page yours. Make it fit with the style of your blog.

It would be easy if you could just use your blog header for your Facebook cover photo, maybe you’re lucky and it’ll work. I haven’t had luck with it though and have had to switch a few things up.

First of all, the dimensions are important to know.

 

Facebook Cover Photo Dimensions

Facebook’s cover photo dimensions are 851px wide x 315px high.

And there’s a little area in the bottom left that you’re going to want to leave open (marked by the big red X in the below graphic), or at least free of ‘important information’. This is where your Facebook profile picture sits on the cover photo and will hide anything behind it.

 Facebook Cover Dimensions

 

If you want to get more technical to know exactly where that profile picture sits. The dimensions according to Facebook of the profile picture is 160x160px and it sits 23px from the left edge of your cover photo and 210px down from the top edge. This will give you the exact placement so you can be absolute sure of what you’ll see when you upload it into Facebook. 

Facebook Cover Technical Dimensions

 

Facebook Cover Photo Guidelines

Facebook, of course has guidelines for what you can or cannot include in your cover photo. Basically, they don’t want you to be obviously selling yourself using the cover photo.

Some important ones you’ll want to remember as to what to NOT include in your Facebook cover photo:

  • Website/Blog URL (Such as: kidbloggernetwork.com is not acceptable to have on the cover photo)
  • Contact Information, such as address, phone number or email address (Example: bloggingwithkids@gmail.com is not acceptable to have included in the cover photo!)
  • Referencing “Like” or “Share” (Don’t use “Like Us” in your cover photo!)
  • See all unacceptable cover photo guidelines at: What are the guidelines to my page’s cover photo?

 

Add your cover photo to your Facebook page!

  1. Go to your Facebook Page
  2. Click on “Add a Cover” or “Change Cover” (it will be where your Facebook Cover Photo is, or should be.)
  3. Choose to “Upload Photo” (or choose from an existing album on your page.)
  4. Choose your photo.
  5. You now have a chance to reposition your photo if its not exactly the right dimensions.
  6. Click Save.

 

 Do you have any additional Facebook Cover Photo tips?

 

 

Blogging Basics – Blogger Commenting System

blogging basics how tos and advice

We all love receiving comments on our blogs without looking at the Stats it’s one of the ways that we know that people are reading them. However, Blogger in it’s standard set up discourages some people for commenting.

getting people to comment on your blog

With my Tuesday Tots link up over on Rainy Day Mum I started out visiting every blog that linked up but after a while I realised that I couldn’t manage to do this because of a few features that blogs used that meant that I couldn’t leave a comment easily without spending half an hour trying to work out how to do it.

One of the easiest things to change is to enable word press and other blog uses to leave a comment with a link back to their site is by enabling the Name/URL and Anonymous function of your blogger blog commenting system. Do not fear… Blogger has a good spam filter system in place and although you may get the occasional spam comment you can quickly delete these. However, by enabling the Name/URL and Anonymous you will encourage other bloggers to leave comments.

encouraging comments on your blog

To change the settings:

  • Go into your blogger dashboard and then Settings.
  • From the settings menu choose Posts and Comments.
  • There you can set the “Who Can Comment?” settings to Anyone, which allows bloggers and readers who don’t use Blogger to easily leave a comment with a link back to their blog so you can go and visit and leave a comment as well.

Sync Facebook Page Updates with Tweets on Twitter

Social Media Tips and Tricks

I focus almost 50% of my social media time spent on Facebook (the other 50% on Pinterest). Twitter kind of just gets left out sometimes. But I think its important to have a presence there. But we’ll save those reasons for another day.

 

Social Media Efficiency:

In order to maximize my time spent, everything I post on my Facebook page gets streamed over to Twitter. Unless you’re already very active on Twitter, this is a great starting place for you to have a presence on Twitter to gain followers. 

How to Sync Facebook  Page Updates to Twitter

Sync Facebook Page Updates with Tweets on Twitter

Here’s how to set that up to make it happen (make sure you’re logged into both Facebook and Twitter first):

Setup Facebook Page to sync with Twitter Stream
 
 
  • Select the page on Facebook that you want to sync with Twitter by clicking on the “Link to Twitter” button.
  • Authorize the Twitter App.
  • Select what you want to show up in your twitter stream.I selected the following, but you can sync whatever you like! 
    • Status Updates
    • Photos
    • Links. 
 
You can edit what you sync at a later date if you find that you don’t like how its set up by going to https://www.facebook.com/twitter/ again and selecting “Edit Settings” beneath the page you set up.
Edit Facebook Page to Twitter Stream Settings
 

That’s it!

Test out what how it works! Post a status update (or something else that you selected to include) on your Facebook Page. Head over to Twitter and see your update there!

You will see the same update in both your Facebook updates and your Twitter stream!

Facebook Page Updates Streamed to Twitter

 

Facebook changes their system constantly (and Twitter does too, occasionally), so if you notice that the steps are different or if something just isn’t right, let me know in the comments and I’ll update the tutorial!