The Domain Authority Fail

Have you gotten a proposal from an SEO firm that lists as one of the deliverable “Domain Authority Evaluation”?

If so, you should unceremoniously crumple it into a ball and shoot for the trash can. If it arrived by email, delete it.

Why do I think this is a sign that the firm is not reputable?

Recently a few clients have passed along proposals they received from Agencies or SEO Firms. There in big bullet point fashion is “Domain Authority Evaluation” or  “Domain Authority Audit” or “Domain Authority Research”.

Domain Authority has always been a simple concept. Its not worth mentioning in a proposal or report. It once meant the age of your domain name and website (in continuous service). “How long has your website been around?” See?

A long time = “good”.

Its brand-spanking new = “not great for your search rank. We’ll need to work harder to get your web pages indexed and ranking in search results.”

So its was enough to simply say in meetings “You bought your domain name in 2001, and the website has been in continuous service since 2002. That means it has solid domain authority, which means its been around long enough to have credibility with search engines, making it easier to rank in search results.” Or you would say, “I see you just bought your domain name last month and built a website. It probably does not have too much street-cred with the search engines. We’ll have to work harder…”

That’s the gist of it. Its not rocket science and it does not require any “research”. (and by the way, Google never-ever mentions “Domain Authority” anywhere)

Now if you are new to the business of SEO, you may have read about it at MOZ, (but your prospective client didn’t) and MOZ has redefined the term over recent years. What we once called “link authority” is now “Domain Authority” according to MOZ. I’m not going into the weeds on why their definition is misleading. Read about it here and you decide if it should have been redefined.

This business has always had a problem with terminology and acronym-over-dose. Doesn’t anyone like straight-forward and clear communications?

Well I do, and I know my clients do too. That’s why the term and its use in a proposal is a bad sign.