May 31, 2018
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Currently, Open Site Explorer, which has existed since 2008, is used to research backlinks, find link-building opportunities and discover potentially damaging, rank-impacting links. However Moz.com has improved upon many of the legacy problems that OSE has experienced with the new link explorer dataset:
Many of the domains that had achieved 90-100 DA have been downgraded to a slightly lower score. These include bbc.co.uk, google.com, wix.com and more.
This is due to a much larger dataset being taken into consideration and this will result in a rise or fall in overall Domain Authority for your website.
Moz have expanded their dataset to try to correlate the rankings and strength that Google gives a link with their own data. This is to reflect the inflated Domain Authority that was previously given to sub-domains of self-hosted platforms such as Blogspot, Wix etc. Now, using Link Explorer DA, these sub-domains are graded at a much-lower Domain Authority reflective of their own backlinks.
Overall, this won’t mean too much for your website as Domain Authority is simply a scoring metric used to assess the power of a domain and is in no way, shape or form used by Google to influence their rankings algorithms. However, this will give you more visibility on the true authority of a website when conducting outreach campaigns.
In short, nothing. If you are continuing to concentrate on earning links through high quality content and outreach and promoting your website to high-authority domains, then your Domain Authority will continue to build over time to better reflect the links you have attracted.
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