Does having more pages make it easier to rank?

many pagesWell, yes and no. Many webmasters and SEO may assume that the more pages you have on your site the easier it is to rank for anything. But, according to Google’s Matt Cutts, that is no necessarily the case. More web pages do not equate to easier rankings for a target keyword. However, having many pages on a site can help rankings by getting deeper crawling and attracting more links for those pages and therefore passing page rank around the site. Having more pages on a site also gives you better chance to rank better for more targeted keywords of individual pages.

No PageRank Update Soon

PageRankMany SEOs and webmasters have been wondering why their sites PageRank is not changing despite a lot of activity in publishing fresh content and getting quality backlinks.

No PageRank Update Soon

Google will not update PageRank Toolbar any time soon according to Matts Cutts. This has come as no surprise since many in the SEO community have waited for one of the longest periods between PageRank updates the last one being February 2013. It has also been rumoured that Google may do away with Pager rank altogether.

This revelation will make the work of SEO much tougher along with loss of Analytics organic traffic information about keywords used to find your site and removal of the keyword tool that many used to research keywords for page content and link building.

The reason Matt Cutts gives for Google not updating PageRank as often is that it is not easy to install the toolbar on internet explorer and chrome does not have it. He does not mention Firefox and some chrome plugins that support this data.

Content Does Not Affect PageRank

Another eye opener was that Matt Cutts clarified PageRank is not actually about the amount and quality of content on the website directly. PageRank is more about the number and quality of backlinks. If sites linking to you have high PageRank then they will pass that on and improve your PageRank too. However, it is a bit of chicken and egg situation in that if you produce quality content then quality sites may be more willing to link to you.

Site Structure

A good pyramid type site structure is also important in passing PageRank. Ideal structure is where important pages are no more than a couple of clicks away from the homepage.