7 Easy SEO Hacks using Ahrefs’ New Traffic Filter
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7 Easy SEO Hacks using Ahrefs’ New Traffic Filter

What’s up marketers, Sam Oh here with Ahrefs,
the SEO tool that helps you grow your search traffic, research your competitors, and dominate
your niche. We just added a new traffic filter to our
Site Explorer tool that you’re gonna love and today, I’m gonna show you 6 tactical ways
to use this to get seriously actionable data for your SEO and marketing efforts. Let’s dive right in. So, I have one of our blog posts loaded up
here within Site Explorer. This filter here, traffic, is brand spanking
new and it works in the same way as our other numeric filters. You can set a max and a min number. So, for example, by setting a minimum value
of a 100, you’ll only see referring pages that get at least a 100 organic search visitors
per month. By adding a traffic filter of even just 10,
you can significantly clean up your prospecting lists into manageable and targeted link prospects. And this leads us straight into the first tip. Use the traffic filter to find the “best”
link prospects. While we have no real evidence that backlinks
from pages with traffic are worth more (from a search engine optimization standpoint),
I think it’s a given that backlinks from pages with a lot of traffic are gonna be more valuable
to you for one simple reason: they can actually send you consistent and
relevant referral traffic. You can click on the traffic column name and
you’ll see the linking pages that get the most search traffic in descending order. From here, all you need to do is analyze the
context of the link and formulate your outreach strategy to get them to link to your site. The next tip is to find the best “lost” backlinks
to pursue. The lost backlinks report is something that
you may have tried, but then quickly realized that a lot of the results are often from scraper
sites and not worth your attention. But with the traffic sorting options, you
can try to prevent losing links that are worth fighting for. So, I’ll change the search to our entire blog
to get a bigger pool of backlinks. Then I’ll go to the lost backlinks report. Finally, I’ll set the filter to the last 30
days because it’ll broaden our pool and it’s still a reasonable amount of time to reclaim
the link. Now all you need to do is click on the traffic
column to sort it in descending order and you can see right away whether you lost any
links that are worth pursuing. So, this keyword research guide gets hundreds
of search visitors and it looks like they removed our link. So, I’ll click over to
it and verify that the link was indeed removed by doing a find for our domain in their source code. And you can see that it was removed. These are the kinds of linking opportunities
that you don’t want to miss out on. They’ve already linked to you before, so they
know who you are and perhaps it could have been a technical issue which unintentionally
caused their page to return a 404 response code or another similar activity. The next tip is to reclaim lost referral traffic
from broken backlinks. This one is super easy and it doesn’t require
any outreach at all. If I click over to the broken backlinks report,
you’ll see all of the broken backlinks pointing to pages on our blog. Again, I’ll sort the pages by traffic in descending
order to see the referring pages that get the most search traffic. And you’ll see a couple here. One links to an old author bio that was removed,
which we could redirect back to our blog and another one down here that looks like there
was an extra character added to the URL by mistake. For the one with the typo, we could create
a redirect that goes directly to the blog post with the correct URL. Using this report you can easily prioritize
which broken links need to be fixed and reclaim lost link equity and referral traffic. The next technique is to find topic ideas
with high search traffic potential. And you can do this quite nicely in Keywords
Explorer tool. But the thing is you would have to choose
the right seed keywords, which can be somewhat of a guessing game. The way that you do this in Site Explorer
is to enter in the domain of one of your organic search competitors since the links that they’ll
be attaining will likely be relevant to the topics you write about. So, let’s look at Healthline’s backlink profile. Next, I’ll sort the traffic column in descending order. And right here, I can see some solid blog
topic ideas with high traffic potential. So, if I had a health-related website, I could
create a post about the benefits of apple cider vinegar or even some natural ways to
lower your blood pressure because both of these topics clearly have huge traffic potential. The next tip is to find low competition keywords
by analyzing a competitor’s backlink profile. We’ll use Healthline again. Just enter in a minimum traffic number. So, let’s say a 1,000. And then we’ll sort the referring domains
in ascending order. This one here looks interesting, which is
called, “What is the price of testosterone without insurance?” It has 0 referring domains, a domain rating
of 8, and the post gets over a thousand search visitors each month. You can then click on the caret beside the URL
and click through to the organic keywords report. And you’ll see all of the keywords that they
rank for and it seems like they’re ranking for quite a few featured snippets too, which
I’m sure contributes to their overall search traffic. If you’ve been following my videos, then you
may remember a similar hack from within Content Explorer, but the thing with this tactic is
that Site Explorer and Content Explorer run on different databases. So, what you find here in Site Explorer, may
not be available in Content Explorer, and vice versa. The next tip is for global SEO
Even though the use of the hreflang tag has been around for years, translating websites
and/or blog posts is still extremely underutilized. So, you can analyze the backlink profile of
one of your organic search competitors, click on the language drop down and see which languages
are getting the most links. So, I’ll select Spanish from the dropdown. Next, I’ll sort by traffic in descending order
and you’ll see some solid link prospects to build up your international presence or
maybe national if that’s your native language. The final hack is a great one for e-commerce
stores or people who sell a product. Enter in the domain of a competitor who sells
similar products as yours. So, let’s say that we sell cooking tools. So, I’ll research oxo.com. Then, I’ll go to their backlink profile. Next, I’ll look for pages that get a good
amount of traffic, so, let’s say 500 search visitors per month. Finally, I’ll type in the word “review” in
the include box. Now, these posts from The Wire Cutter would
be perfect outreach prospects where we can reach out, send some products, and hope they
include us in their review. There are a ton of things you can do with
this traffic filter and sorting options. Try some of the ones mentioned in this video,
get creative with your own combinations, and let the rest of us here in the Ahrefs community
know about them. So, keep grinding away, get results, subscribe,
and I’ll see you in the next tutorial.


  • Vijay Srinivas

    Cool! This Backlinks Traffic data will be a Game Changer! Good One Sam Oh! Another reason to get hooked with Ahrefs!

  • chirag artani

    Hi Sam ! 📝 Now competition becomes more easy because of these data sorting and filtering hacks. 📈 So informative once again Thank You.. 💬

  • Samkit doshi

    Hello Sam
    I want to ask that in Ahref There is a option of seo audit . I want to just ask that can we provide these services of seo audit on freelancing websites like upwork etc By working on Ahref tool.

  • Ravi Shanker

    Awesome video once again, every time new things to learn from you guys. It would be more helpful you can make a video on each metric of your tool and how to use it in effective way for better results. Sometimes the metric shows different if compared to other tools like semrush.

  • sartul

    My ranking for any keyword improve it may come to first or second page than after some time it either disappear or goes into 8th- 9th page. It happen for so many post in my website. I cant able to figure out. Can you give me little tips as per your experience.

    I watched all videos of ahrefs. What i say all are fantastic and too the point.

  • Montana Weatherby

    Hi there Ahrefs, How does this work with youtube? Im new to all of this and am wanting to grow a youtube channel. Would using the keywords from your seo engine in youtube's title, description, #hashtags, and the words spoken in the video, help?

  • Amor abrazo

    Sam, you are always giving a good video and I learned a lot. But there is a doubt hopefully you will help to clarify. As I understand there is a way to get a backlink that is creat good content as an exchange and then get a link from the website author. But we are not able to create good content as we are not speaking native English. Do we have another chance to catch backlink?

  • Life With Us

    Now competition becomes more easy because of these data sorting and filtering hacks. 📈 So informative once again Thank You.

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