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Are you a blogger? Are you looking for how to increase your domain authority? You feel like you’ve done everything you could, but you still don’t see results. You’ve come to the right place! Keep on reading to find out the one thing I did (at least that’s what I think it did) that increased my DA from 9 to 13 in just a couple of days.
I’ve been struggling to increase my domain authority for months now (2-3 months, to be exact) and I feel like I tried all the things I could find online and still nothing happened. I felt stuck, frustrated and annoyed at myself that I couldn’t figure it out. Last year (in September 2019) my DA was 12, but then I slowed down with blogging for a while. Therefore, my DA dropped to 9 (I noticed this in December 2019). I’ve been struggling to increase my domain authority ever since.
What is Domain Authority?
Domain Authority (DA) is a search engine ranking score developed by Moz that predicts how well a website will rank on search engine result pages (SERPs). A Domain Authority score ranges from one to 100, with higher scores corresponding to a greater ability to rank.Source https://moz.com/learn/seo/domain-authority
This means that if you want to get on the first page on Google’s search results for certain keywords you need a high domain authority (theoretically). However, this is not always the case, a site with lower DA manages to get on the first page too.
Take my blog as an example. For this particular keyword, my blog is ranking on the 1st page of Google, 4th row. As you can see the site with the highest DA is 45. Underneath my blog, there are other sites with higher DAs than mine. See the image to the right.
If you need further information about Domain Authority, check out Moz.com
Domain Authority is calculated by taking into consideration the following aspects:
How do you check your Domain Authority?
The best way (and my favorite) of checking the domain authority is using MozBar. It’s a browser extension that you can easily toggle on or off when needed. It also allows you to check other site’s DAs. Just like you saw in the above example when I showed you one of the keywords I rank for on Google.
Why should you even worry about Domain authority?
I recently found out that Google doesn’t use DA in their algorithm, so why it’s even important?
- you know how well your site ranks on Google. Normally, the higher your DA, the higher your website is ranking on Google
- if you are looking for sponsorships, some markets have jobs listed per Domain Authority, e.g. Get Blogged
- when guest posting on other blogs
How can you increase your domain authority on your blog?
I’ve been documenting all the things I’ve done over the last months in order to increase my domain authority. If I am completely honest with you I think everything I did has contributed to my DA increase. So here’s the complete list of what I’ve done to increase my domain authority.
- Improve your on-page SEO
- Write more articles, but quality content
- Stay consistent with your content. If you decided to publish one post per week, stick to that.
- Avoid keyword stuffing
- Update a couple of your most visited articles (find this in your Google Analytics account)
- Deep linking all your posts (new & old)
- Share your content on your social media accounts
- Ensure your site is mobile-friendly
- Share more on Pinterest
- Invest in a professional theme (optional, but I feel like it helps somehow)
- Guest posting – it’s THE BEST way to get backlinks to your site. You don’t have to cold email all the bloggers you can find to ask for a sad backlink. Just in March 2020, I’ve had a guest post and I collaborated with other 2 bloggers in a round-up post. So that alone has brought me 3 backlinks without me sending an email.
- Make sure all your affiliate links have the no-follow enabled
- Look for ways to improve your blog speed
- Lastly, check your spam backlinks and remove the ones that are not related to your blog. I think this is the final thing that helped me increase my Domain Authority from 9 to 13.
Please remember that these help your website rank higher on Google Search too!
You may be wondering how to check for spam backlinks and how to remove them, am I right? Don’t worry, keep on reading to find out exactly how I identified and removed my spam backlinks.
How to remove spam backlinks from your website?
Spam backlinks can hurt your site because they can lower your ranking. Meaning that having too many spam backlinks will make Google think that your site is spammy too.
There are 2 ways to remove your spam backlinks:
- contact the website’s owner to remove your link from their website (I don’t recommend this way because it is a very long process and the blogger may not even see your email)
- remove the links using the Disavow Tool which is part of the Google Search Console (recommended and super fast)
I’m going to show you the latter because it’s very quick and straight-forward. There’s no need to email a lot of people. Last time I deleted my spam backlinks I gathered 75 links!
Here’s the step-by-step process to identify & remove your spam backlinks
Step 1 – Identify your spam backlinks
To check your spam backlinks you are going to need a couple of tools:
- Google Search Console
- MozBar Tool
1. Identify spam backlinks uuing Google Search Console
Ensure you’re logged in your GSC and you’re on the right website (in case you have multiple sites connected to your account). After that, scroll down until you find Links and then click on it.
On this page locate the one that says Top linking sites. These are other websites that link to your website, aka backlinks. Don’t forget to click on More to reveal a full list.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to take them one by one to check whether the site is relevant to your blog or not. It’s very tedious and time-consuming, but totally worth it. If you don’t want to do it or you find it overwhelming, you can always hire someone to do it for you (if you have the budget for it of course).
If you hover over the line, you’ll find that little arrow which will open the page in a different tab. I recommend deleting bookmarking sites too and even pages that are not loading. So EVERYTHING that looks dodgie to you, just add it to your list. (see step 2 below).
2. Identify spam backlinks using the MozBar Tool
You can see that my spam score is 3% (the highlighted box from the right). I am not sure if that will ever change, but that’s how I knew that I needed to check for my spam backlinks. Most of the blogs I follow have 1% in their spam score… oops
In the first highlighted box you can see the number of backlinks your website has. That’s a link, so you click on it and you’ll be taken to a page where you find all the sites that link to your site.
There’s A LOT of useful info on this page. So feel free to take a look and study this info if you want too. Not sure why the ranking keywords tab is at 0, but anyway.
Click on the number located under the Linking Domains tab. This is where you see all the websites that link to your blog. You will see only 10 of them, to unlock more you’ll have to upgrade. I found even more sites in Google Search Console so I didn’t upgrade, even though they offer a 30-day free trial.
Step 2 – Open a Notepad File
You just copy & paste all the links in a Notepad File. Nothing fancy, just copy, paste and hit Enter on your keyboard to add a new row. This is how mine looks, in case you were wondering.
Step 3 – Remove spam backlinks
Once you identified them and you have your text file ready, it’s time to remove them 🙂
So to remove the backlinks you’ll have to use the Disavow Tool from Google Search Console. I can’t link to it, because you need to be logged into your Search Console. Just Google it and it’ll come up. Click on it.
It’ll look something like this. Please make sure that you see the correct URL in the drop down (if you have multiple sites).
Click on the Disavow Links button
This is just a warning, click on the button again.
Choose the file you created earlier and then click Submit.
After a few seconds, you’ll have a success message. Once you see it, click Done and that’s it. Soon after that, you’ll receive an email confirming the file.
That’s it! These are all the things I did to increase my domain authority in just a couple of months. I hope you found it helpful.
When it comes to spam backlinks, I am trying to do this process once per month just because I know how it’ll help with my ranking and DA. It keeps Google happy, meaning I am happy too.
Please comment down below if you have further questions!