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Get Traffic from Sites with Broken Links

You know what the most awful thing is when you are browsing through a website. The dreaded #404 error. Dead links hurt and contribute to a poor user experience and nobody wants to have broken links on their website.


Many sites have broken links and this is a area which you can explore to build up the link building possibilities for your own web traffic

broken links

How does broken link building tactic works?


  1. Find a relevant broken link on a website in your niche.
  2. Create relevant content that the broken resource is meant to contain.
  3. Pitch website linking to the dead resource to link to your working resource instead.


See this following post Its

Broken Links


backlink has broken and is directing to a dead page now.


This is how the page used to look before it had died.

dead link strategy

In this case, the next step would be informing the website about the broken link and pitching it to replace with your working one.

But, does it seem to be a lot work for just one backlink?

Yes! Agree!

Is there a neat hack to get more?

Yes. There is! With the help of Ahrefs’ Site Explorer (or Ahrefs’ Broken Link Checker), you can see all sites which have that dead link placed somewhere.

Just paste the URL of the broken page to see all of the websites that have content/pages linked to this dead page.


Dead Links

See, it is showing all 39 links pointing to the dead resource.

Now instead of striving for getting just one backlink, you can reach all these 39 sites and pitch them to swap out their dead link in favor of your working one.

How do you find relevant broken link building opportunities?

The best method is to look for broken pages on competitors’ websites through Ahrefs’ Site Explorer tool

Site Explorer > enter a competing domain > Best by links > add a “404 not found” filter


Dead Links

In this report, you can see the number of referring domains pointing to each broken page. And sometimes you may fortunately find an insane opportunity like the following one.


Page error

Yes, 900+ referring domains. Unbelievable! Isn’t it?


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