When you go to the doctor for a check up, your doctor will normally run a series of tests as soon as you’re called back. They will weigh you, take your blood pressure, check your temperature, and more.

These vital signs help your doctor predict your overall health and compare them to your past records. If your doctor has any concerns, for example they may have a concern about your heart, they will refer you to a specialist and the process of taking your vitals starts again.

Now let’s consider these doctor’s appointments analogies for Domain Authority (DA) and Page Authority (PA) in SEO. Both of them measure the SEO strength of your site and the probability of your site ranking high on Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs). DA can be compared to going to your primary care physician, while PA is like going to a specialist.

So, take a seat in the waiting room and we’ll call you in 5-70 minutes (kidding!) – let’s walk you through the basics…

What is Page Authority?

Page Authority (PA) is a metric that predicts how well individual web pages will rank in SERPs on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the score the higher probability of the pages ranking high.

PA is very similar to DA (Domain Authority). To be honest, it’s pretty much identical, the only difference is that PA predicts specific pages rank, and DA predicts the overall domain’s rank.

PA and DA are calculated using a variety of different factors, such as the quality and quantity of links pointing to a page, the relevance of other websites linking to that page, and other measures of authority. For example, when a website has many high-quality links pointing to it from other relevant websites, this can indicate that the website is likely to be authoritative in its topic area.

Google has stated that Page Authority is an important factor in determining how sites are ranked in search results. This means that understanding and improving Page Authority is essential for SEO success. The higher your Page Authority score, the more likely your pages are to appear near the top of search engine rankings.

How Do I Check my Page Authority?

Good news! Checking your Page Authority and your Domain Authority is FREE!

You can use Moz’s Free Domain SEO Analysis Tool. Moz also has an entire suite of tools you can use, including their Link Explorer and Keyword Explorer. I also want to note that this is not an ad for them, we just think that they offer the most user friendly versions of these tools. Many different SEO platforms offer ways to check both your PA and DA in their suites as well.

How Do I Improve my Page Authority?

One way to improve PA is through link building. Link building involves finding relevant and authoritative websites to link back to your site. This establishes trust with search engines and helps increase your score. It also helps direct more visitors from those sites back to your own web pages. Link building should always involve high-quality websites that are relevant to your own content and topics so as not to harm SEO performance or be flagged by search engines as spammy or low-quality tactics.

In addition, optimizing on-page content for keywords can help improve PA scores as well. Optimizing content for targeted keywords not only makes it easier for those keywords to be discovered by search engine crawlers but also helps increase relevance for them when they appear in SERPs. Furthermore, ensuring that all webpages are structured correctly with titles, meta descriptions, headings tags and other HTML elements can also help ensure they are properly indexed by search engine crawlers which can lead to improved rankings as well as higher Page Authority scores.

Lastly, optimizing images can also contribute towards improving Page Authority scores. Images should have descriptive titles and alt text which provide additional information about what the image contains so search engines can index them correctly; this helps boost their relevance for targeted keywords which may result in improved rankings over time as well as higher Page Authority scores if done correctly.

What is the difference between Page Authority and PageRank?

Page Authority, Domain Authority, and PageRank are remarkably similar metrics.

Page Authority is the predicted rank of a specific page on the Search Engine Results Page based on several factors. PA is a 1-100 metric score created by Moz.
Domain Authority is the predicted rank of a domain on the Search Engine Results Page based on several factors. DA is a 1-100 metric score created by Moz.
PageRank is a numerical 1-10 weight ranking of all web pages on the Google Search Results page. PageRank is an algorithm created by Google.

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