So it got us to thinking - why not just use a simple notation that actually relates to the links pointing to the domain not just some single number representing what Moz or Majestics or even Ahrefs thinks about the whole domain. Wouldn't that save a whole lot of time? Isn't it kind of crazy that we are all running backlink checks on the same domains every day to get the exact same information?
anyway What I settled on for our new way of listing metrics isn't a new crawler metric its just something that I wish would catch on and we will begin to use with our clients. Nothing that revolutionary here -
When evaluating a domain, for now at least, people still look at the PR of incoming links (I use PA also but still look at PR too) even though pagerank itself has not been updated for a year. Mind you I don't go by pagerank stated for a domain (yes I know its PAGE rank but domain buyers know what I mean and thats how it is referred to) BUT as long as Google continues to update PR even once a year it s is unlikely that all the PR links or even most PR links to a domain are way off. Time will tell on that.
Okay so the first thing I think everyone looks for is how many pr links are there? That is - How many PR2 links (to start low), How many pr3s, how many PR4s and Pr5s etc. Its amazing how you can find domains with high metrics that when you check the backlinks all you see is a bunch of PR1s and PR2 links. So if we could just get that data quick it would be a HUGE time saver. Some Domain sellers already do and it looks like this
Domain.com 0 PR9 0 PR8 0 PR7 3 PR6 4 PR5 7 PR4 12 PR3 27 PR2 57 PR1
usually placed in a table.
Thats fine and works of course but, man thats tedious and bulky to write out or put in a table, especially if you are looking at multiple domains and thats just pagreank link counts and nothing else. So if you are showing someone a domain or talking about one here in the forum you would have to type that all out or put up a screenshot of a table. Yuck for waste of time. this is the same thing without a table or repeating "PR" - just putting a space.
0 0 0 3 4 7 12 27 57
then you could add referring domains. lets say there are 75 referring domains
0 0 0 3 4 7 12 27 57 D75
Boom. Done son. I am sorry thats ten times more useful to me at least than mozrank, pagerank or trustflow. IF you are new and not used to this then it looks cryptic without the explanation each time of "PR" but If I had that on auctions/dropped or expiring domains and it only reported followed links domain research woud be a snap AND FAST. I'd have to run my backlink checker like ten times less and that almost bar code looking notation is a lot more reliable and harder to game. I'd only run the backlink checker for the ones I really am interested in to see the OBL (number of outbound links on the link source page) and the placement of those links. Shucks my backlink checkers could breeze through in a second or two because they wouldn't need to query Google for PR (but I'd still on an expensive domain do it to double check).
Of course newbies would say what the ----- is that? but once its explained in about five seconds they are good to go. Finally and probably most importantly - newbies who insist on getting this notation would put an end to the bogus domain sellers popping up that are selling based just on Metrics that really don't give enough real data.
So you bought a PR4 with a DA of 35 and a trustflow of 22. Experienced domain buyers know that could still be a drop down crappy domain not even worth registration fees. right now all these metrics don't give you much real data at all. tjhe above notation gives you 70% of all you will need and 100% of what you need to pass running a backlink check on.
Whats your thoughts??? We are looking to add even more to this system to give even more real data, (like a CH in the code would indicate mostly chinese anchor text - now that would be another great time saver!! ). These are all things Majetic and Moz don't supply because they are domain buying specific.