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Analyzing links

From: SEO Fundamentals (2012)

Video: Analyzing links

Over time, if you're consistently putting out good, quality content, promoting it, and working through link outreach opportunities, other websites will start linking to you. Being able to clearly see what's happening to your link portfolio can tell you how you're doing in your quest to show the search engines just how trustworthy and authoritative your website is. There are two exceptional tools for analyzing backlink metrics, Open Site Explorer by SEOmoz, and Majestic SEO. You can use these tools to analyze links for any website, not just your own, and as we saw earlier in this course, looking at your competitors' backlinks can be a great way to discover new link opportunities.

Analyzing links

Over time, if you're consistently putting out good, quality content, promoting it, and working through link outreach opportunities, other websites will start linking to you. Being able to clearly see what's happening to your link portfolio can tell you how you're doing in your quest to show the search engines just how trustworthy and authoritative your website is. There are two exceptional tools for analyzing backlink metrics, Open Site Explorer by SEOmoz, and Majestic SEO. You can use these tools to analyze links for any website, not just your own, and as we saw earlier in this course, looking at your competitors' backlinks can be a great way to discover new link opportunities.

When you're analyzing your own backlinks however, we'll want to take a look at some metrics that can tell you how your link building efforts are going. Using Open Site Explorer, you can produce a report on domain and page metrics for any URL, and you'll also see a list of the pages that link back to that website. Let's take a look at lynda.com by typing in the URL and clicking Search. Along the top, we have different metrics that tell as various things about the website. The Domain and Page Metrics give you an idea of just how authoritative your domain, and the specific page you are looking at, are.

In this case, we've typed in just the domain, which means the page we're analyzing is actually the homepage. We can also see the total number of links coming into this page, as well as the unique number of domains that these links are coming from. You can see some public social metrics as well, though they do have some limitations based on how this data is collected. What we're really looking to do here is make a habit of checking in on these numbers over time, and our goal here is continual improvement. The higher your site's domain authority, the stronger and more able your domain is to influence rankings, and as your link portfolio grows, you should expect to see your authority scores rising as well.

By filtering down to just the backlinks coming from external pages, you can look through each of the links that you have coming back to your site and identify any areas for action. For example, you might find that a blogger that you have a relationship with has linked to you, but you'd like them to use different anchor text in that link that reflects a keyword that you need some help with. You might also find opportunities for guest authorship, or you may find links that you don't want to be a part of. In any of these situations, knowing who's linking to you and how, can help you manage and expand your link building efforts.

If you want to automate the process of monitoring Domain, Page, and Link Metrics, you can do this using SEOmoz's Campaign tracking feature. Once you've created a Campaign within the tool, you can navigate to the History report in the Link Analysis section. And you'll be able to see how your site compares with the websites you've added as competitors over a period of time. You'll see graphs for things like Domain Authority, total number of links, and specific types of links that can help you gauge how your link building efforts are going.

There's lots more data and reports you can explore within the tools of SEOmoz, but let's switch over to Majestic SEO now and look at the Backlink History reports. The Backlink History shows you the number of links you've acquired on either a monthly, cumulative, or normalized basis, and you can use it to get a sense of how your link portfolio has grown since your website launched. You can also define up to four other competitors to compare yourself against, and this can help you see how you're stacking up to the sites that you're trying to beat out in the search results.

The two sections you'll see are the Backlinks discovery Graph, which provides the total number of links out there pointing to your website, and the Referring domains discovery graph, which lets you know how many different domains have links pointing to your site. By consistently growing your link portfolio, you're building a strong trust with search engines, and as a result, your pages will be better positioned to rank higher in the search results. Using tools like these to help manage this process can provide feedback as to how your efforts are working, and keep you on the right track as you continue to move forward.

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SEO Fundamentals (2012)

64 video lessons · 50309 viewers

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  1. 1m 34s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. Using the Facilitator's Guide
      15s
  2. 11m 46s
    1. What is search engine optimization (SEO)?
      4m 6s
    2. Reading a search engine results page
      2m 17s
    3. How SEO affects your business
      2m 38s
    4. Setting SEO expectations
      2m 45s
  3. 20m 49s
    1. Why you need a keyword research plan
      2m 47s
    2. How to research keywords
      3m 23s
    3. Tools to help you analyze keywords
      4m 43s
    4. Understanding keyword attributes
      3m 46s
    5. Understanding keyword distribution
      3m 50s
    6. Ongoing keyword evaluation
      2m 20s
  4. 26m 8s
    1. Understanding content optimization
      2m 14s
    2. Optimizing for site structure
      3m 41s
    3. Recognizing different types of content
      2m 23s
    4. Optimizing textual page elements
      8m 30s
    5. Optimizing non-text components of a web page
      4m 0s
    6. Analyzing content quality
      2m 39s
    7. Exploring the benefits of user-generated content
      2m 41s
  5. 22m 12s
    1. Interpreting the code behind web pages
      3m 9s
    2. Understanding how search engines index content
      2m 37s
    3. Working with canonical URLs and redirects
      2m 59s
    4. Leveraging microformats
      2m 39s
    5. Working with server-side factors
      3m 18s
    6. Using Google Webmaster Tools
      3m 58s
    7. Using Bing Webmaster Tools
      3m 32s
  6. 30m 53s
    1. Overview of long-term content strategizing
      2m 44s
    2. Planning a successful content strategy and avoiding common mistakes
      3m 46s
    3. Defining your audience, topics, angle, and style
      4m 17s
    4. Understanding different types of content
      4m 25s
    5. Getting ideas for content
      4m 0s
    6. Working with an editorial calendar
      3m 33s
    7. Promoting your content with social media
      3m 52s
    8. Measuring content performance
      4m 16s
  7. 18m 28s
    1. Understanding the importance of links
      4m 49s
    2. Building internal links
      2m 5s
    3. Building external links
      4m 19s
    4. Finding link-building opportunities
      4m 36s
    5. Executing a link-building strategy
      2m 39s
  8. 16m 32s
    1. Measuring SEO performance
      4m 10s
    2. Analyzing keywords
      5m 13s
    3. Analyzing links
      4m 9s
    4. Analyzing the impact of social media
      3m 0s
  9. 18m 45s
    1. Understanding SEO and ecommerce
      2m 36s
    2. Working with semantic HTML
      2m 22s
    3. The technical components of ecommerce
      3m 9s
    4. Exploring ecommerce information architecture
      2m 38s
    5. Producing ecommerce content
      2m 33s
    6. Leveraging link building and social media for ecommerce
      3m 12s
    7. Adapting ecommerce websites for international audiences
      2m 15s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Understanding local search
      3m 14s
    2. Understanding Google+ Local
      3m 0s
    3. Setting up and optimizing Google+ Local
      4m 46s
    4. Getting more citations
      3m 52s
    5. Getting more reviews for your business
      3m 43s
    6. Optimizing your website for local search
      4m 13s
    7. The future of local search
      2m 50s
  11. 15m 48s
    1. Understanding cultural aspects of international SEO
      2m 30s
    2. Optimizing technical content for international audiences
      2m 57s
    3. Optimizing translated and localized content
      2m 9s
    4. Building links for an international audience
      2m 47s
    5. Analyzing and measuring an international SEO campaign
      2m 17s
    6. Avoiding pitfalls with international SEO
      3m 8s
  12. 1m 10s
    1. Determining your next steps
      1m 10s

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