Domain Authority

Domain Authority predicts a website's ability to rank in search engines.

Definition

Domain Authority (DA) is a search engine ranking score developed by Moz that predicts how likely a website is to rank on search engine results pages (SERPs). DA scores range from one to 100, with higher scores corresponding to a greater ability to rank. Domain Authority is calculated by evaluating multiple factors, including linking root domains and the number of total links, into a single DA score. This score can then be used when comparing websites or tracking the 'ranking strength' of a website over time.

It's important to note that Domain Authority is not a metric used by Google in determining search rankings and does not affect SERPs directly. Instead, it is a tool used by marketers to estimate the potential of a site to rank based on its backlink profile and other SEO factors. Since DA is relative, it's best used as a comparative metric rather than an absolute score of your SEO performance.

FAQ

  • 1.

    How can I improve my website's Domain Authority?

    Improving your website's Domain Authority involves enhancing your overall SEO. This includes acquiring high-quality backlinks from reputable sites, creating valuable and engaging content, ensuring a good user experience, and maintaining a clean, easy-to-navigate website structure.

  • 2.

    Does a high Domain Authority guarantee higher search rankings?

    No, a high Domain Authority does not guarantee higher search rankings. While DA can indicate the potential for a site to rank well, actual rankings are influenced by hundreds of factors, including content relevance and quality, user experience, and competition.

  • 3.

    Is it possible for Domain Authority to decrease?

    Yes, Domain Authority can decrease if a website loses backlinks from high-quality sources, or if higher-authority sites receive significant link growth, changing the scoring baseline. It's important to continuously work on SEO and link-building strategies.

Related terms

Backlink is a link from one website to another, viewed as a vote of confidence.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the practice of improving and promoting a website to increase the number of visitors the site receives from search engines. It involves making changes to the website's content and design to make it more attractive to search engines.
Link is a reference or connection from one web page to another.
SERP (Search Engine Results Page) is the page displayed by search engines in response to a query, containing organic and paid search results.
Ranking refers to the position of a web page in the search engine results pages (SERPs) for a given query.
Organic Traffic refers to website visitors who land on a web page through unpaid search engine results.