Knowledge is good only if it is shared. As a new blogger, I had learned to change the Web template, and found out the tips, tricks, hacks, and tweaks of altering the Blogger template, customizing CSS, widgets, layout, blog design, inserting JavaScripts, HTML codes, Google AdSense, and other settings the hard way, through many trials and errors. For the purposes of this guide, I had started with the old Blogger “Minima” template. As I made the changes or learned something new, I had documented them. Before changing any template, please remember to save a copy of the current template. After editing the template, preview it, and save it when you are satisfied with the change. Hope this guide will help those who are finding the way around, just like me.

Search Tips for New Bloggers

We have extended our month-long vacation by a couple of days. We shall be posting articles the moment we return. We noticed that Google had updated the Page Ranks. New bloggers who have been waiting anxiously for this can check their blogs' Page Ranks. We have the PR checker link in our SEO Tools - Search Engine Optimization article.

The blog we created recently in Aug 2007, Blogger FAQ and Help, has also got its first Page Rank, a PR4. All our blogs are now ranked:-

Tips for New Bloggers - PR6
Business Fables and Management Lessons - PR4
Famous Motivational and Inspirational Quotes - PR4
Blogger FAQ and Help - PR4

Thanks to everyone for the support!

Oct 1, 2007

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SEO Tools - Search Engine Optimization

What are search engine optimization tools, webmaster tools, Google page rank checker, SEO tools, and how can these internet tools help to bring more quality traffic to your Blog? There are many free online web tools that webmasters can use to find out more information about their sites. The tools can also alert the webmasters to possible problems search engines may have with the site's template codes and design. Here, we shall, for the benefit of our new bloggers, explain how these webmaster tools might help improve your website's PageRank.

Search Engine Optimization

We define Search Engine Optimization as – a method or process of improving and optimizing the ranking of a website in search engine results.

With millions of pages of search results for any given keyword, webmasters would want to have their website appear among the first couple of search result listings. The higher the position or ranking, the greater the likelihood that internet users will visit your site. This Search Engine Optimization (or SEO) concept is no different from a brick-and-mortar shop where location and visibility affect how many customers will pass by the shop and hopefully drop in for a visit. On the internet, your virtual site deserves a good location and visibility, and SEO consultants believe they know how to achieve that.

Blog Directory and Search Engine Listings

After having published a Blog or website, the first thing to do is to make sure that the information relating to the site is available on the internet. Web Directories, Blog Directories and Search Engines are the internet Yellow Pages. Although the major Search Engines will crawl your website even without any action on your part, it will be much faster if you could proactively provide them your site information. We had written articles on how and where to submit the blog information so as to have your site fully indexed and appear in many places on the internet.

Read these guides and follow the steps outlined:-

1. Submit Blogger Sitemap to Google Webmaster

2. Submit Blogger Sitemap to Yahoo!

3. Submit Blogger Sitemap to MSN and

4. Submit Blog to Search Engines

5. Submit Blog to Blog Directories

6. Submit RSS Feeds and Pings

7. Blog Traffic Exchange

Free SEO Tools

After you have submitted your website's data to all the search engines and directories, you should be able to find your site somewhere on the internet. If you do a keyword search on your website's topic, you may find many other listings in the search results ahead of yours. These are the sites which have better page ranks and are optimized for the search engines. You can optimize your blog or website too.

To attract business, many SEO sites have put up some of their SEO tools for free. Commercial sites which are serious in wanting to climb up the search ranking will pay the SEO consultants for more value-added services. If you are like us, blogging out of fun and passion, it might be better to use only the free services for a start.

Enter words like - free SEO tools - into the search box and you can see what some of these sites offer.

Suggested SEO Tools

Many of the SEO webmaster sites have similar free tools and services. You can try any of them, though the one that we like is iWebTool. In fact, they have a link exchange program which you may want to check out. Among the SEO Tools, the ones we find useful in all these sites are:-

a. Backlink Checker – A list of sites that have linked to your blog or website. PageRank is largely determined by the number and quality of links to your site. Monitor this and you can probably guess what your PageRank ought to be.

b. Broken Link Checker – A look at which of the links in your site are pointing to incorrect or non-existent URLs. Having too many outdated and broken links on your web page may irritate not only the readers but the search spiders. Do this housekeeping once in a while to remove the bad links.

c. Google PageRank Checker – The Google PageRank of your site. You can also download Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar to view the Google PageRanks of all the sites that you visit.

d. Google PageRank Prediction – A future Google PageRank prediction. If you are dying to know, these sites can give you a fair estimate of your future PageRank.

e. HTML Optimizer – A clean up of your HTML source code. Be careful when you apply the suggested changes though. Always good to backup the template before making any modification.

f. Index Checker – Number of pages of your website that are indexed by search engines. If pages are missing from the index, try submitting your sitemap again.

g. Keyword Density Checker – The keyword distribution in your webpage. This will by and large influence the sort of Ads that AdSense will place on your site.

h. Keyword Suggestor – Suggested popular keywords for your website. Bear in mind these keywords when writing or editing your posts.

i. Meta-tags Generator – Configuration of website's meta-tags. Tailor a suitable description and set of keywords to be inserted into the template.

j. Reciprocal Link Checker – A check to see if the partners in your blogrolls or link exchange are linking to you.

k. Spider Simulator – The page contents as seen by a search engine spider. Some may give you a breakdown of the commonly used keywords in your site.

l. Traffic Graphs – A comparison of your site's and other competitor sites' traffic history graphs in Alexa.

m. Website Speed Test – Speed of website page load. If you find the pageload time a little long, take some measures to have a Faster Web Page Load Time.

Basic Tools

Should you want to have a quick look at what some of the SEO tools are about, we have created a few basic search tools over here at our Tips for New Bloggers site.


To know how Yahoo! sees your site, enter into the search box below your website's URL in full, beginning with http:// For Blogger blogs, you do not have to add a “www.” into the blog URL.

1. Yahoo! Indexed Pages

The results will show you the number and details of the web Pages that are indexed by Yahoo!

2. Yahoo! Backlinks

Enter your site's URL to see the Inlinks or backlinks of your site.


The data in the various search engines are not the same. You can have a look at how your blog is performing in Google search by entering your site URL below.

1. Google Indexed Pages

Enter URL after the word site: to view the indexed pages in Google.

2. Google Backlinks

Enter URL after the word link: for details of the backlinks to your site.

Microsoft Live Search

Compared to Google and Yahoo!, MSN spiders may not index as many pages. Nevertheless, if you are curious to know, enter your blog URL into the search boxes below.

1. MSN Indexed Pages

Enter URL after the word site: to view the indexed pages in MSN.

2. MSN Backlinks

Enter URL after the word link: to view the backlinks.

Page Rank Checker

This search tool is provided by Prchecker. Enter a URL into the form to view the Google PageRank.

Alexa Rankings

Alexa monitors the web traffic of many top sites. You can compare and view the Alexa traffic graph of your site by entering your site URL into the search box below.

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Roxi said...

Yet again excellent tutorial.
You guys are doing great
Keep up your good work.

simon said...

good , detailed article and i will be using some of your techniques in future

Online Options Trading said...


do you how to increase the rank of my blog from 0 ?


bizwhiz said...

A combination of things. For a start, follow our guides on submission of the blog to the search engines and directories.

Online Options Trading said...

yes, i have done that. What next ?

bizwhiz said...

Well Online Options Trading, if your site is new, you wait. Google updates its page rank once in every few months. There is nothing anyone can do about it. Just keep working on your contents.

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dipps said...

Hi there i dont know from where you are but to tell are doing some great work out here by helping bloggers like me all over the world.I was searching for such a blog or website which would have all the information abt blogs under one roof.I m implementing ur instructions one by one and am seeing the changes as well.Hats off to you!!!!!Regarding how to increase the traffic to my blog can you suggest mesome powerful free methods since i cant invest in that??????

bloggingirl said...

Awesome! Great tips and info! I love your blog.

free for all said...

thank u for valuable info

Daphne said...

wow.. this is a very cool article.. The tools are very useful.. Thanks for providing such a wonderful list of these tools... I'll be using some of them in the future...

Herbert said...

Hehehee, a wonderful post indeed, I was wondering how you achieved this much knowledge in SEO, I am learning the tactics myself. Thanks for the guidance. I guess there are tools like these for email marketing as well. I think you should take a look at the email marketing as a way of getting high hits. For a reference, please find information here.

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blogdeny said...

thanks... bro...
it's a usefull tips..

Adeste Fideles said...

This is a wonderful resource! Thank you for making all of your hard work so readily available.

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suresh said...

A nice collection of seo tools.
When you are going to extend this post?
Please explain some thing regarding social book marking,link building statagies,rank improvement etc.

Waiting eagerly.

bongradz said...

what else? how to increase rank of my blog?

BLQ Blogger said...

I had heard about google sitemaps but couldn't understand well what was it all about. This will help a lot.Thank you, :)

mxyzplk said...

does PR is important

info5stars said...

Everything here is useful.
I bookmarked, because I love it.
Best regards

info5stars said...

Very good post "tutorial".
Your website is great, with good content, Congratulations.

Best regards,
Ruy & Patry

Nyemah Mulya said...

hi, u always come with a very good tutorial..but i do have a very great question in my mind.

it clearly that meta tags no longer plays the role in seo for google. before
this i put my keywords in :

meta name/

meta name="keywords" content=""

so since there's no more meta tags for the backend where
should i put my keywords in blogger beta in order to make sure the
engines know they are my keywords and how..plssss help me.. i'm so stuck!!

Shailendra said...

Hi bizwhiz
i have 2 problem!

about page rank
yesterday mourning when i opened my blog it was showing a pagerank of 8(it was truely unbelievable for me)i checked it properly and my google toolbar was displaying that "Google views te importance of your page (8/10)"
and "show similar pages like"

After few hours when i checked my blog, The page rank turned 0 "No page rank information available"

And now when i am looking viewing my blog, it's page ran is 6

i have checked my blog's page rank on many sites including PRchecker, they shows the page rank 0
What is this happening?

2)) problem
Can you please provide a tutorial of bloger blog setup in the google website optimizer??

Mezo said...

thnx alot that really really helped

Massiah said...

Thanks for sharing

Do you we have to submit in all the time, because google always index my site but yahoo and msn doesn't do that as fast as google

Do you have anything to say that

Please reply me at


karthik said...

excellent way of increasing the page rank.

Dr Pushkar said...

Very, useful posts. I am also writing articles on blogging so i knew few of the tools beforehand. But you have a great coverage. How did you manage to get such high pagerank in a very short time?