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Backlink Explorer

Alison Groves
posted this on October 13, 2010 04:55 PM

 

Backlink Explorer

SEO > Backlink Explorer

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How it Works

Raven extracts data from third-party partner MajesticSEO to uncover up to 50,000 backlinks for any URL. You'll see the source URL, the links Citation Flow, its anchor text and whether it’s a nofollow or image link. With one click you can add any backlink to the Raven Tools Link Manager.

Backlink Explorer can group source URLs so you can see at a glance which sites are linking to your site the most. Also, you can hide links that are irrelevant to your research.

 

Using Backlink Explorer

Research URL/domain

  1. Go to SEO > Backlink Explorer
  2. Enter the URL or domain you want to check for backlinks (example.com or http://example.com/blog, for example).
  3. If you would like to check the entire domain toggle the Check Entire Domain option or click the Check URL Only option to only check the URL.

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  4. Select a source of Fresh Index or Historic Index: You can search Backlink Explorer using either MajesticSEO's Fresh Index or Historic Index. The Fresh Index is updated daily and contains data from the last 90 days. The Historic Index is updated less often but is MajesticSEO's largest index of backlinks with data as far back as June 2006. Links from the Fresh Index tend to have a higher probability of being live than links found in the Historic Index.

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  5. Click the Explore button.
  6. Raven automatically generates a backlink report for that URL or domain. A status bar shows you the progress of the report, as it can take several minutes. For definitions of the metrics on the report, see below.

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  7. Once the report is ready it will be placed under the History table. Simply click on the URL name to view the report details.  

Backlink Explorer data

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Data Definitions:

  • Source URL: The URL of the domain linking to the domain being researched.
  • Citation Flow: Predicts how influential a URL might be based on how many sites link to it. This is the improved version of Majestic SEO's ACRank and only displays for Fresh Index reports. The scale is 1-100.
  • ACRank: Predicts how influential a URL might be based on how many sites link to it. ACRank is the legacy version of Majestic SEO's Citation Flow and only displays for Historic Index reports. The scale is 1-15.
  • Anchor Text: The visible, clickable text in the hyperlink to the domain being researched.
  • Date: The date that MajesticSEO found a backlink from a source URL.
  • NF: If an X is present in this column, it means the inbound link to the domain being researched is a nofollow link.
  • IMG: If an X is present in this column, it means the inbound link to the domain being researched is an image link.
  • Fresh Index: MajesticSEO's fresh backlink index which is updated daily and contains data from the last 90 days.
  • Historic Index: MajesticSEO's largest index of backlinks with data as far back as June 2006.

Display Options

Click the Display Options to adjust your view of the data reported. Then, check the boxes next to the data you wish to view. 

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Click the Group Domains button to group URLs from the same domain. This way, you can see at a glance which websites have the most links to your site.

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Manipulate Results

Since Backlink Explorer is tied to Link Manager you are able to add domains to the Link Manager.

If you want to add a backlink to Link Manager, you can do so by clicking the gear icon next to the URL and select Add to Link Manager. In addition you can explore the URL in Research Central and Baclink Explorer or visit the site.

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You can also move links to Link Manager in bulk by selecting the links you'd like to move. Then select Add Selected Links from the Bulk Actions menu and click the Apply button.

Report Backlink Explorer data

Export to CSV

To export data to a CSV either click the Tool Options button at the top of the page, and select Export Data.

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Or select Save to CSV from the table options icon.

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Build PDF Reports

To build a Backlink Explorer report from within the app simply select Export to PDF by clicking the Tool Options button at the top right corner of the page.

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Or from the table options icon select Save to PDF.

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Usage and Overages

Raven includes an unlimited number of reports for Agency account holders, 40 reports for Pro before overages and 3 for Trial users. Usage is shown at the top of the page. Our Pricing and Plans page for the most up to date information on pricing and overages. 

 
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