Now I’m going to start this post by saying that I am by no means an expert on blogging; I’m just going to include the things that have helped me increase my own DA since I switched over to being self hosted.
Probably not the best way to start a post, but I don’t want to make myself sound like some kind of expert; these are just things that I’ve done myself on my own blog and that have helped increase my own score.
In the past year I’ve grown my DA up to 21, which I know isn’t huge in the grand scheme of things; but its above the 20 score that most brands seem require to work with them.
DA stands for Domain Authority and its basically how high Google ranks your website.
This ranking is made up of many different things such as: how many high quality backlinks you have from other sites, that link back to your own site, how good your SEO (search engine optimization) is and even the format that you lay your posts out in.
Huge paragraphs are apparently discouraged; where as short, easy to read sections make Google happy.
As with anything, building up an authentic DA score takes time; it’s not something you’re going to be able to do overnight! It could take months for you to see any kind on improvement, but don’t let that put you off.
Keep at it and your hard work and effort will eventually pay off.
As I mentioned before; having links from other websites back to your own site is a great way to boost your own DA.
However its not the easiest thing to get your links into other peoples posts, which is where commenting on other peoples blog posts comes in.
Now I’m not saying go around link dropping on other peoples blogs, that’s probably one of the most annoying things you can do and most people will just delete your comment anyway. But when you find a post you’ve enjoyed and want to comment on, simply add your name and URL at the end of it.
Imagine that this is a comment on a blog post – once I’ve finished saying everything I want to say, I’ll end it like this…
Jade | jademarie.co.uk
It’s a great way to include your link in a natural and non-spammy way. I always try and leave meaningful comments on peoples posts; the kind of comment that I’d like to receive on my own blog, rather than just “cool post, follow me!” which I’ve seen quite a few times over the years!
I can almost guarantee that those kinds of comments will just get deleted and they definitely won’t follow you…
Guest posting is great for a variety of reasons. It can help you get seen by a new audience that you might not have reached otherwise, as well as get you links back to your blog at the same time. The higher the DA of the persons site that you guest post on, the better the boost to your own DA will be.
But finding guest posting opportunities can be hard, as not every blogger will host them on their blog – I know I personally don’t.
If you know a blog that you would love to guest post on, there are a few things you can do to find out if they accept guest posts or not. First off, check their About and Contact pages to see if they have a FAQ section or explicitly state if they accept them or not.
If you can’t see anything about guest posts on their sites, then have a scroll through their posts and see if any of them are guest posts. If you can’t find any, you could drop them an email or message on social media to politely ask if they accept them or not.
SEO can be a little annoying at first, and does take some practicing to master; especially in posts that are more general and don’t have a specific point. Something that makes my like a lot easier is a WordPress plug-in called Yoast SEO; you simply type in the SEO focus word and it tells you how well your post is doing with a traffic light style system.
Red means it needs improvement, yellow/amber means it’s okay but could be better and green is great – pretty self explanatory.
Luckily it gives you lots of hints and tips on how to improve your score if it does come up with red or amber, all of which are pretty easy to implement.
Jenny has a great beginners guide to SEO for bloggers which I’d recommend checking out; its full of great tips that you can easily implement without having to have an in-depth knowledge of how the internet works!
Do you have any tips to help boost your DA?
A twenty-four-year-old autistic writer and designer from Sheffield. Tattoo obsessed, animal lover, self confessed bookworm and eclectic witch.