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difference between url rank and domain rank?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by nonai, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. nonai

    nonai Power Member

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    When you check a domain in ahrefs, it gives you url rank and domain rank.
    I understand the definitions of these (I think), url is the actual url, domain is the root domain

    But when you check a root domain (example: www.abcdef.com) shouldn't the url rank equal the domain rank? because the URL and the domain are the same?
    I have checked several sites and these 2 numbers are never the same. Why?
     
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  2. lord1027

    lord1027 Elite Member

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    Good question! I'm here to find the answer too :D Hopefully, someone with more experience can enlighten us.
     
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    tony_d Elite Member

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    I suspect that the reason the URL rank of the root domain does not equal domain rank is because the domain rank is an accumulative value comprised of all pages (URL's) that are part of that domain, the root being one of those URL's.
    Therefore the domain rank is likely a score that reflects 'everything', and the URL rank is, as you suggested, that one specific URL in isolation, whether it be the root URL or root.com/other.htm etc.

    Though - that's just a guess, I could be entirely wrong :)
     
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  5. Linking World

    Linking World Junior Member

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    i think this is the very critical question that you have asked and i must say terry has shared perfect link for this answer.
     
  6. hardcorebiker

    hardcorebiker Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Domain Rank is Ahrefs way of calculating Domain Authority(DA) just like Moz. If you batch analyse lots of domains you will always find the domain with higher domain rank on Ahrefs will have a higher DA on Moz. But that doesn't mean the domain is higher quality domain as even a spammed domain can have both higher DA and DR(Domain Rank)..

    About the URL rank its nothing but "Ahrefs rank" in other terms. I don't bother much about it but you can read this where they say its an attempt by Ahrefs to showcase domains ranking similar to Pagerank(PR). However I have found spammed domains with higher Ahrefs rank and Domain Rank so its not a clear indicator about domains quality. Best is to compare Moz, Ahrefs, Majestic and PR metrics to know about domains quality..
     
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    Zandamonium Junior Member

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    Someone tried to explain this to me really simply once, not sure how true it is, but seems to make sense. Ahrefs' URL rank is based on the links going to the home page. Domain Rank is based on the links pointing to the whole site. So Domain rank will always be higher or equal to URL rank.
     
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