We’ve finally got backlink data live. Here’s what you need to know.
Resolving Domains & URLs
The first thing to notice is this icon which you’ll find to the left of your domain or URL. Before we actually pull link data we resolve the URL you’ve entered into your account. Hover your mouse of that, or click it and you’ll be taken to the page which we get redirected to if your domain / URL is entered into a browser as is. We do this because we get different link figures depending on how a domain or URL is entered. So, if your redirects are setup correctly, and have been for a while, your backlink figures should be correct.
Where We’re Getting this Data
We get link data from four different sources, to give you the most comprehensive look at an overall link profile for a domain or URL. Yahoo! Site Explorer, SEOmoz’s LinkScape, MajesticSEO and Google Blog Search give us our link counts. LinkScape and Google Blog Search give us our individual links. Each count is an actual link which takes you to the source, as we’ve accessed it. For the social media & email blog, Convince & Convert, we’re reporting these figures.
Link count via Linkscape…
Link count via MajesticSEO…
Link count via Yahoo! Site Explorer…
Link count via Google Blog Search…
You may notice we report slightly different numbers than you’ll see on Yahoo! and Google Blog Search, which is normal. They should be about the same though.
If you are seeing something strange, make sure to let us know.
Domains vs. Pages
You can actually enter a specific URL into your account and all data will reflect that page, ranking data included. One of Jay Baer‘s more popular posts about must do’s for serious bloggers attracted a good amount of links, which we can see here.
We can also see a list of blogs linking to that post specifically as well. This list is updated in real-time, so you’ll see new blogs linking to a site or URL as they’re discovered, which is pretty darn quick
Graphing Historical Link Data
You can even graph historical link counts. Clicking the little gray graph button pops data into a graph. Here we have Yahoo!, MajesticSEO and blog link data graphed.
Which produces this graph…
That’s about it for now … enjoy!