Posted by randfish Just 14 short days ago, I wrote about the August Mozscape index update. Today, as part of our efforts to create shorter deltas between indices, I’m excited to announce that we have our fastest ever time between updates. There’s new data right now in the Mozscape API (for which we’re still seeking beta testers on the new version ), in Open Site Explorer , through the Mozbar , and in your PRO web app . This current index has the following metrics: 60,852,245,271 (60 billion) URLs 657,072,652 (657 million) Subdomains 153,355,227 (153 million) Root Domains 610,557,978,730 (610 billion) Links Followed vs. Nofollowed 2.26% of all links found were nofollowed 54.95% of nofollowed links are internal 45.05% are external Rel Canonical – 13.46% of all pages now employ a rel=canonical tag The average page has 70 links on it 59.91 internal links on average 10.57 external links on average And the following correlations with Google’s US search results: Page Authority – 0.34 Domain Authority – 0.24 MozRank – 0.20 Linking Root Domains – 0.24 Total Links – 0.20 External Links – 0.24 Below is a histogram showing this update’s crawling pattern: Basically, this is very good news. We had an outage of our crawler in early June, but the large amounts of crawling performed in late July mean a lot of this index is extremely fresh – in fact, parts of this index are the freshest we’ve ever had (launched ~20 days after crawling – that’s some speedy processing). Why do Domain Authority & Page Authority Fluctuate? Every index, we get a lot of questions about why a site’s/page’s PA/DA goes up or down. The answer’s not easy because the inputs vary quite a bit, but basically, four things can cause change in these metrics from index to index: The site/page received more or fewer links or more/fewer more/less powerful links. Your site’s link profile may even remain completely unchanged and still see fluctuation in DA/PA because the sites pointing to you have been recalculated to have better or worse metrics. Google changed things in their ranking algorithm and thus our models for DA/PA, which measure and attempt to track to correlation with Google’s rankings changed, too. The web’s link graph changed, and what was “0″ (the lowest possible score) is now lower/higher than before and/or what was “100″ (the highest possibly score) is now higher/lower than before. Essentially, think of this as the goalposts moving because the field’s gotten bigger or smaller. Our web index changed in size/structure as we toss our more spam/junk and crawl more/fewer webpages, potentially biasing against links we were counting or hadn’t counted in prior indices. Thus, it’s very hard to know for sure whether an increase in DA/PA for a particular page is entirely tied to your efforts, Google’s changes or changes to the web as a whole. This is why I strongly, strongly recommend tracking your metrics against your competition. For example, in July, I compared several sites to show the delta between their scores across the May vs. July index like so: Above: May’s 165 Billion URL index data Above: July’s 78 Billion URL index data Above: August 1st’s 69 Billion URL index (please ignore the SEOmoz.org numbers in this one – we had an error that affected our own site in the last index) Above: August 14th’s 61 Billion URL index (again, please ignore SEOmoz.org numbers. Index error on our part) This comparative process is done for you inside the PRO web app if/when you set up competitors: Using the comparison data is a great way to get a sense of whether you’re gaining/losing vs. the competition and remove a lot of the bias from the other types of macro-index-level modifiers. More so than any other methodology, I recommend this technique to help get a sense for how your site’s metrics perform vs. a raw historical perspective. A Final Note on Index Size As you can see, the past few indices have been falling in size. This is due to our efforts to make indices faster and more consistent. We hope to remain in the 60-70 billion URL range for the next few indices, and we’re relatively close to having our first index produced on our new private cloud. It will take a while, possibly 6 months, to get back up to the 150 billion page indices we had this Spring (which were very, very slow and stale), but the goal is to have an index every 2 weeks that exceeds that size. Exciting stuff, but crazy hard. Luckily, we have a fantastic and growing team of engineers working on it. If you know great minds in the field, we still pay $12,000 referral and signing bonuses , so send ‘em our way! Thanks very much – looking forward to your feedback. Sign up for The Moz Top 10 , a semimonthly mailer updating you on the top ten hottest pieces of SEO news, tips, and rad links uncovered by the Moz team. Think of it as your exclusive digest of stuff you don’t have time to hunt down but want to read!
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