So you want your post on page one. You’ve got this killer blog post idea that you’re about to let shine on your blog, and you want it at the top of every search result for your target keywords. But how do you judge if a keyword is worth giving a try?
Here are 3 keyword competition metrics you should be looking at.
1. Page Authority
Page Authority, popularly called PA in SEO circles, is a scale developed by MOZ to calculate how authoritative a page is in the eyes of the search engines.
Google ranks pages and not websites. When you go to Google to do a search, do you want the 6th best post? How about the 3rd best post? Thought so too. You want the number one post on Google for that keyword.
And that’s where your eyes go first. The PA score tells a lot so here’s why you should be tracking it.
#Measure Of Backlinks
Bar link farms and other shady schemes like that, people link to sites they consider authoritative. You know, pages dripping with amazing content. And PA considers the backlinks a particular page has.
If you see a page with high PA, it’s possible that some of the links to those sites are from high authority sites so it’d be difficult targeting such keywords.
#Measure Of On Page SEO
PA is also a measure of how properly optimized a page is for a particular keyword. Things like the title tag, meta tags and LSI keywords are still huge ranking factors in 2017.
A strong PA indicates that the webmaster has a properly optimized page and a weak PA shows that if you can make it 10x better, you stand a huge chance of ranking for that keyword. Brian Dean does this so well with his Skyscraper content model
How To Check PA
It just takes a few clicks.
Search for MozBar the Chrome extension
And get to work.
The extension gives the PA for the top 10 pages of any search result.
2. Domain Authority
Page Authority analyses a particular page. Domain Authority is a different kettle of fish. You’re now dealing with the entire domain.
Yep, you might be seeing some pages ranking in search for your target keywords but on a little digging, you find that they don’t have that many backlinks. So the page authority of that page isn’t that high.
But you would still find these kinds of pages a bit difficult to outrank. This is because domain authority is a search engine’s validation of an entire domain or website.
DA was created by MOZ and it tracks authority at the domain level. If a website looks good in Google’s eyes, it’s going to rank. Point blank!
And you’d see DA with the MozBar extension too.
3. Time On Site
You wanna know if a website’s engaging? You can check by viewing the average time on site.
If visitors are leaving your site, it’s bad for your business. Here are some reasons that your average time on site is low.
#On Page Speed
No one’s going to spend time on a page that takes forever to load. You have to make your site faster so those visitors can browse through.
Here’s how to get that done.
– Compress Your Images
Forget about all the bulky fanciful images. Just put something out there that your visitors can see.
– Compress The Coding
Yeah, I know you want to show you’re the best programmer the world’s ever seen. But except you’re showing off to attract clients, don’t do it on your site.
Compress all those unnecessary HTML and CSS codes.
Your content should be readable. Visitors should be able to scan through your site.
Make it easy for them by including subheads and even bullets in your posts.
If you’re going to grow those sites, you need to be tracking. But you’d be so wrong if you think you need to track everything. Follow these guidelines, track and start ranking!