How to improve your DA score has been a huge topic of research for me over the last year, as the more that I am transitioning my blog to a business, the more I realise how important my DA score is. For the first 2.5 years of my blog I had no idea on how to improve your DA score, and instead just let it sit at a low score. Over the past 6 months I have been working on educating myself, and it is slowly but surely going up. I have gone from SEO (search engine optimisation) being a foreign language to me, but now I understand it fully and I am working on building my DA score even further now.
Im not saying I’m perfect, and my DA score for my blog is still pretty low in the grand scheme of things. Like I have just said, I am new to this and I do think you should take this post as an ‘SEO for beginners’ blog post rather than something for more advanced bloggers with higher DA scores. This is the post that I wish I could have read 6 months ago, before I spent so long trying to research and figure it out myself from scratch.
I have a self-hosted WordPress blog, and I use the Yoast SEO plug in. This is a lifesaver and really helped me get to grips with my SEO, and more importantly how to improve your DA score. I would definitely recommend it!
Here are 5 simple tips and tricks to help improve your DA score:
Fix your broken links.
I only found out that this was a way to improve your DA score recently, and since then I have been using this website to go through my broken links and change them. A broken link is a link that no longer goes to a website (for example if you had linked a dress and now the dress isn’t available anymore), and this drags your DA score down because you website isn’t as well connected as it could be. Using the broken link checker, have been able to edit the broken links from my blog. It took a long time to start with but now I am going to aim to do it once a month and stay on top of it. Hopefully having no broken links will help to improve your DA score without too much work.
Comment on other people’s blog posts as much as you can.
Being connected to other’s websites is the best way to improve your DA score, and commenting on other people’s blog posts is a good way to do that. I used to do this with my friend’s blog posts because I wanted too, but again it was only recently that I found out that it actually helps to improve your DA score. I tend to comment on most blog posts that I read now, as not only does it help to improve your DA score, it will also make the blogger happy that you have engaged with their work. Im always so happy whenever I get a blog comment! Be careful though, google classifies anything below 9 words as a ‘spam comment’, so the classic ‘great post’ would not help you. Make your comments genuine, and it will definitely help you.
Focus on your keyword.
Focusing on your keyword is something that is crucial when you want to improve your DA score, as this is what search engines will rank your post against. The rarer the keyword, the higher up on search engines you will appear if people search for that topic! Depending on the length of the post, your keyword of choice needs to feature numerous times throughout this post. For a bit of context, in this post the keyword needed to feature 6 times. In an ideal world, the keyword will be incredibly relevant to the topic, a few words long and dotted throughout the post (so that the reader can read it naturally and not notice the keywords). That will be the key to seeing your DA score go up, and since doing that I have certainly noticed a difference in my personal score.
Internal link your own blog as much as possible.
Connecting your blog post to other relevant blog posts that you have written is a really good way to help improve your DA score. This helps the search engine to realise that your site is establish and starts building your DA score for you. Plus, it may increase your views as users can navigate your website a lot easier with relevant posts linked for them. I will always link previous posts in a series, or anything that I find useful when writing the post. For example, this is from my Durham Diaries post last year:
“If you haven’t seen yesterdays post then I would go and read that first, purely so you are caught up on the trip so far”
This helps the reader know what is going on, and also tells the search engines that those two posts link together. A win win! I think that it is something that I recommend doing regardless of whether you want to improve your DA score, but definitely something to consider when looking at SEO. Its the first thing I started doing!
Edit old blog posts.
This was my job of the summer, and I am slowly getting there. Your DA score will never be as high as it can be if you started optimising your posts with 300 non-optimised posts on your site as well. It will take a long time, but trying to optimise as many of your old posts as possible will help to improve your DA score as more of your overall site will be optimised. I have been doing a few at the time for the entire summer, and I am slowly getting there. I just hope all of the work pays off and I see my score going up now. Plus once I’ve done it, all of my future posts will be optimised and I won’t have to do it again!
These 5 tips and tricks are definitely useful to try if you are a complete beginner to SEO and are wanting to find a place to start. However, there are plenty of other things you can do to help yourself that I haven’t featured in this post (such as the importance of Alt Tags and Meta descriptions), so if you want me to do a part 2 of this ‘SEO for beginners’ post then please let me know. I really enjoyed writing this and talking more about the logistical side of blogging, as I don’t think many people understand the work that goes into it. Thank you so much for reading this!