Google’s John Mueller said that in 2020 does “use PageRank internally.” He added that it is one of among many other signals Google uses. But Google does not use domain authority, a metric from Moz, he had to say again.
I often give this fluffy advice that you should “build a site and content that Google is embarrassed doesn’t rank well for the queries they deserve to rank for.” Well, here is an example of that advice working. John Mueller of Google has watched a site do everything it should and it still doesn’t rank. What is he going to do?