High Domain Authority Backlinks : How to Get Your First DA 80+ Backlink?

For website owners building a link strategy, securing first high domain authority backlinks is definitely the first step in their road of success.

Many of you, however, would say that anyone can get a backlink or even buy it (which I strongly advise against).

Well, such backlinks are just random backlinks and they are not really anything special.

Getting high domain authority backlinks from high domain authority websites, however, is what I call a special thing you can boast about.

Some businesses are ready to pay hundreds of dollars if not saying thousands to secure a single high quality backlink on a DA 80 or 90+ website.

Let’s first explain you what domain authority (DA) is…

Domain authority (DA) is an important metric that’s been developed by Moz and which helps measure the popularity and the trustworthiness of a website.

In other words, the higher the domain authority of a website, the better the links on it.

That’s why it’s highly recommended to try to get some high domain authority backlinks on websites with +80 or 90+ DA.

We are talking here about websites like Contentmarketinginstitute.com, Outbrain.com or HuffingtonPost.com to name a few.

You’ll get many of benefits if you get a backlink on one of such authoritative websites.

You’ll increase your DA score making your website more popular and trustworthy and you’ll notice an increase as well in your traffic.

Well, that’s such an awesome thing to hear but will it be easy to get high domain authority backlinks on such authoritative websites?

The answer is…

Not really.

Many webmasters try hardly and continuously to get some high DA backlinks but each time their efforts just go down the drain.

Don’t worry if you have been unable to do that as well. It’s not your fault.

Many webmasters just like you don’t know the good technique to proceed, but once you know it, this will become much easier for you.

In this guide, we are going to share with you one of the best techniques you can use to secure some high domain authority backlinks.

Which Websites Should You Target for High Domain Authority Backlinks?

Before you can go ahead with this technique, you need to specify within a list the websites you’ll be targeting.

You are not going to try every website in your niche with the score of 80 or higher. Get more specific to have a much higher chance of getting your all-time sought after powerful backlinks.

In other words, do start “attacking” those websites with the most attention in your niche.

You can determine them through a simple and easy Google search. Start by searching for your focus keyword.

High Domain Authority Backlinks : How to Get Your First DA 80+ Backlink?
Screenshot from search for [home design 3d], Google, July 2023

Generally, all the websites that show up on Google’s first page have a high domain authority (DA).

Well, let’s say not always but this is true most of the time…

Do make a list of all those websites showing on that first page.

After that, go and check their DA. To do that, there are many available tools you can use such as Ahrefs Authority Checker.

High Domain Authority Backlinks : How to Get Your First DA 80+ Backlink?
Screenshot from ahrefs.com, July 2023

Type in the chosen website URL, and then click “Check Authority”.

You’ll get a result page with the website’s DA showing up out there.

High Domain Authority Backlinks : How to Get Your First DA 80+ Backlink?
Screenshot from ahrefs.com, July 2023

If the DA is 80 or higher, go for that website because that is what we’re aiming for.

Also, don’t start targeting too many websites simultaneously as this can be very overwhelming. I would suggest that you begin with 4 to 7 at the max.

Now that your websites list is ready, you can get down to business.

The technique will be explaining today is named:

Fixing Broken Links Technique

What is this all about?


Many of you would already have heard about this technique before. (Keep reading even if you already have)

The point here is that most websites have definitely some dead links on them that no longer work.

Screenshot from Searchenginejournal.com, July 2023

Most of the time, those dead or broken links will be landing readers on pages with deleted content a long time ago.

Now, let’s think about this for a while…

Let’s suppose you have a big website with thousands of visitors a day. Wouldn’t you want to make sure they are able to access everything including the backlinks on it without any issues facing them? Definitely, you would want that!

Let’s imagine, for example, which would be even worse that there is a backlink out there supposed to be leading to an important backing study or stat and your visitors click on it but rather than getting to that study, they get a 404 page.

How would they feel? Isn’t this going to be bad for your website?

You definitely know the answers…

You definitely know that this will cause your credibility to decrease.

…and your traffic to take a dive as well.

You got it now that broken links are very bad for websites, isn’t it?

Even if you don’t have an authoritative website yet a small one, you can still cash in on this information.

If you detect a dead link on any of your targeted websites, you can take advantage of such opportunity to help the website fix that issue and at the same put all the chances by your side getting a powerful backlink to yours as well.

How exactly?

By simply informing the website about the dead link and offering your own content as a replacement to link to.

Screenshot from Outreachmonks.com, July 2023

Surely, you’ll be needing some high quality content published on your site to qualify for that precious link.

You kind of interested? Here is how to proceed.

To begin with, you’ll have to detect the dead links on your targeted websites. To do so, you can try the Screaming Frog SEO Spider.

Feel free to download it here.

After that, type the URL into the box at the top of the tool and click “Start.”

Our advice to you, at this stage, will be to crawl the URLs of older articles. If you go for the entire website, you’ll get lots of backlinks to sort through, and this can take a while.

High Domain Authority Backlinks : How to Get Your First DA 80+ Backlink?
Screenshot from Screaming Frog SEO Spider Tool, July 2023

Once the tool finishes crawling, do the following:

  • Click on the “Response Codes” tab.
  • Head to the sidebar on the right side
  • Scroll down till you see the ““Client Error (4xx)”.
  • Click on it.
  • You’ll get listed all the broken links on that website or page.

To see which pages on that website to have these dead links, do the following:

  • Click on any URL
  • Then, click the “Inlinks” tab at the bottom of the screen.
High Domain Authority Backlinks : How to Get Your First DA 80+ Backlink?
Screenshot from Screaming Frog SEO Spider Tool, July 2023

The URL of the page containing the dead link is to be found in the “from” column. That’s exactly the URL you’ll be contacting the website about.

The dead link we’ll be working on as an example today is from this Moz page.

Moz has a DA of 91 which makes it a good website to target for high domain authority backlinks.

The broken link goes to a page that no longer exists.

Screenshot from strategydigital.co.uk, July 2023

The next step will be to look for the old content.


Simply by using Archive.org.

This Great utility will help you find the content of pages that no more exist.

Why will you have to do this?

This will help you get an idea about the exact missing content so you can find the best content replacement on your website you will be offering to link to.

Many of you would say that, by just reading the URL, you can tell what the content was about.

Well…Not always.

Anyway, I prefer personally double-check sometimes.

When you paste the page URL into the box on Archive.org, you’ll see the following:

High Domain Authority Backlinks : How to Get Your First DA 80+ Backlink?
Screenshot from web.archive.org, July 2023

A cached page is accessible through a blue-colored dot on a calendar date.

Hover over the one of your choice, and then click on the timestamp.

High Domain Authority Backlinks : How to Get Your First DA 80+ Backlink?
Screenshot from web.archive.org, July 2023

Screenshot from web.archive.org, July 2023

And bingo, here is the old content!

High Domain Authority Backlinks : How to Get Your First DA 80+ Backlink?
Screenshot from web.archive.org, July 2023

Now you can review and analyze directly the old content.

In case you happen to have a similar content to it, then there will be big chances for you to secure a backlink on that website.

Nothing left for you now but to inform the website about the dead backlink and ask for a link replacement.

At this stage, avoid giving the impression that you are too needy.

Be direct and polite.

To make things easier for you, here is a template example you can use to implement this technique.

Subject: Your Website has a broken link to fix.


Hello [name],


I have been browsing recently through your website and found this webpage on your website: (Page URL).


It’s an interesting page, but came across a broken link on it. That link goes to (page URL), which is no longer existing.


I’ve written an article about (topic), and I think it is a good fit for your webpage.


I would appreciate it if you consider replacing that broken link with a link to my article.


Your readers will definitely love it.


It’s been a pleasure helping you out.


Thanks for your time,
(Your name)

This technique seems too simple but works very well most of the time.

The good thing about it as well is that it works for big websites as well as for small ones. So you can gain some high domain authority backlinks and see your DA goes from 0 to 50 right away.

If you want to be successful with it at 100%, search from the dead links first, and then produce some high content specifically to replace it.

Authoritative websites are always seeking for perfect content. That means that usually custom content has an edge over existing one.

Take-home Message

Don’t underestimate the power of linkbuilding.

Any gained backlink from a high DA website will bring many benefits to your website.

High domain authority backlinks will help drive lot of traffic to your website, will make it more visible in search engines and increase its popularity and trustworthiness.

Recommended reading: How to Build Backlinks for Free – Your Beginner’s Guide for 2023 

(Featured Image Credit(free) : Niilo Isotalo / unsplash photos)


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Got any nifty tricks or suggestions for us?

We would love to hear from you!


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