Yahoo Site Explorer Is Gone. Now What?

This week started with a regretted loss. Yahoo Site Explorer, the one that has been for six years the main source of link data for all SEOs and website developers across the web, stopped their service and left us with a great void.

I won’t ask you not to cry. You can do that. It’s okay. I did that too. :)

But, life goes on. Link building goes on.

So, wipe out your tears, pack up your nostalgia and head back to building links ;)

Will this affect how Advanced Link Manager gathers links?

In short, the answer is No. You can continue using Advanced Link Manager for your link building tasks just as before, regardless of whether Yahoo Site Explorer is available or not.

And the reason for that is quite simple. The way Advanced Link Manager works, is to retrieve links from multiple sources, merge the data and verify it, to ensure both completeness and accuracy to the reports it generates.

So, although Yahoo Site Explorer may have been a primary link source for you, there are lots of other alternative link sources you can now use and obtain the same result as before. Continue reading

To Use or Not To Use this Data?

Have you ever needed to get the link data for a website and ended up having totally different results coming from similar sources?

Why didn’t they provide with the same results? How are you supposed to know which one are the REAL ones?

And if you think of all the hours you’ve spent just to get to this dead end….

And this is not the only inconvenience you have when querying the search engines for link data…

But there are solutions for these problems. Let me break them down for you:

Have certainty over your link data

The reason why the search engines and other link databases (such as OpenSiteExplorer) provide different results is because they are not too frequently updated and links have changed since the last time they were checked. Some new ones may have appeared and others may have been removed.

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3 Simple Things To Organize Your Linking Agenda

Mobile phones wouldn’t be so great if you would still have to remember all the telephone numbers stored in it, right?

Or if you would have to walk around, carrying a telephone numbers agenda…. That would be awful!

The same way, you should neither deal with enormous lists of emails to be able to contact your link partners!

Or search through your entire pile of messages (and I know you have one :D ) to find your latest conversation with some partner of yours!

Therefore I’ve put together a small list of features that will make your work easier and will get you addicted to this tool for keeping contact with your link partners. Continue reading

4 Keys to Better Manage your Link Building

Links to your webpages, come and go.

Maybe today you have gained a few links but also lost others.

You can never know what changes have been made within your link profile, unless you monitor your links. Of course, there are probably hundreds or thousands of them, but don’t panic.

Monitoring is not as hard as it is to build. All you need to do is to use the right tool.

So, let me resume the main things you should do on a current base to stay on top of your link profile.
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Competitive Link Analysis – Easier Than You Have Ever Imagined

It’s not something new that a good source of link ideas can come from your competitors.

You already know that!

And you probably already use this source for getting new and valuable link information. But if you do not use it, then you should start looking into it. That is because using your competitors research for links lets you build more links faster and thus, overcome them.

But this is not exactly an easy job to do, right?

Stealing link ideas from your competitors involves a lot of work and is not always that effective. Each of your competitors has hundreds or thousands of links and going through each of them to find those you could also get, means long hours of hard work. Not to mention that you might not even find to many link ideas there and all that work would be for nothing. Continue reading

Evaluate your link profile with Advanced Link Manager

Have you ever wondered if your links are good enough or if your link building strategy is paying off?

To answer this you would probably have to:

  • Make a list of all pages linking to you and to your competitors and compare them
  • Evaluate the quality of these links (by page rank, mozRank etc)
  • Get an overall value of your website and your competitors websites based on the previous data you have gathered
  • Finally, discover the value of your link profile

Where to start from?

On the web there are several sources of link data you can use, such as OpenSiteExplorer, Yahoo! SiteExplorer, SEMRush. They can help you get the information you need for this type of analysis. But the bad news is that this data has to be manually processed in order to extract some insights out of it. Continue reading

How to increase link popularity using competitive analysis

Increase Link Popularity

Increase Link Popularity

Have you ever asked yourself how to find new ways of getting more backlinks? Everyone does.

Some people enhance search engine optimization campaigns using web stats software, conduct effective keyword research, analyze backlinks or write a better copy of their websites. But you can add extra value to a campaign by conducting a competitive link analysis.

Anyone knows the value of inbound links in a search engine optimization campaign and you bet your competitors already have some good backlinks pointing to them. But what if you could find those websites and get yourself the high quality backlinks they already have?

Sounds good, but let’s see how we can do this using Advanced Link Manager: by analyzing your competitor’s referrers to find you new link partners and find a way to get a link from them. Continue reading

Improve your local rankings using citations

Following an article we published this week on the Advanced Web Ranking Blog about optimizing for local search (http://www.advancedwebranking.com/blog/optimizing-for-local-search/), I thought it’s a good idea to speak about one of the Advanced Link Manager’s features which can help you increase your local rankings using citations.
As you already know citacions are references of a local listing from websites and they represent an important ranking factor. The citations are displayed in Google Maps under the Web Pages section of a listing and include a link to the reference page, a title and a description. The page where the citation is displayed contains the same information as your listing and the websites which contain citations are most of the times niche directories.
Google Maps Webpage Importer (link) can help you improve your rankings in Google Maps using competitive analysis to  new citations for your listing. It let’s you check the Web Pages of different listings and import them in your project. You can later use those Web Pages to get yourself citations of your listing.
Targeting local listings in Google Maps can secure you an increase in sales and revenue. But similar with the web search, local listings are returned by algorithms which follow ranking guidelines.
Using a targeted keyword and the Web Page’s search depth you can get the your competitor’s Web Pages and use them to get yopurself citations. For a better analysis you can also select the option to retrieve the page rank of the found Web Pages.
The Web Pages are citations (references) of that listing from other websites and represent an important ranking factor in local search. By getting an having a good idea about your competitor’s web pages, you can then try obtaining listings from the same websites as your competitors.
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For detailed instructions on how to use the Google Maps Webpages Importer, please follow the instructions outlined in the Google Maps Webpages Importer section in our User Guide.(http://www.advancedlinkmanager.com/user-guide/html€n/ch17.html)
Google Maps Webpages Importer

Google Maps Webpages Importer

Following an article we published this week on the Advanced Web Ranking Blog about optimizing for local search, I thought it’s a good idea to speak about one of the Advanced Link Manager’s features which can help you increase your local rankings using citations.

As you already know citations are references of a local listing from websites and they represent an important ranking factor for local search. The citations are displayed in Google Maps under the Web Pages section of a listing and include a link to the reference page, a title and a description. The page where the citation is displayed contains the same information as the listing and the websites which contain citations are most of the times niche directories.

Google Maps Webpages Importer can help you improve your rankings in Google Maps using competitive analysis to get new citations for your listing. It let’s you check the Web Pages of different listings and import them in your project. You can later use those Web Pages to get yourself citations for your listing.

Targeting local listings in Google Maps can secure you an increase in sales and revenue. But similar with the web search, local listings are returned by algorithms which follow ranking guidelines. Continue reading

Analyze Domain Quality

Analyze Domain QualityAnalyze Domain Quality is a new feature available from the version 7.0, which allows you to analyze the quality of one or multiple domains. They can be your own domains, your competitors domains or domains of your potential link partners from where you are looking to get links. The Analyze Domain Quality tool helps you check if a link from a specific domain can add value to your link popularity.

You can access the Analyze Domain Quality from the [Tools] menu. In the new window you can add domains manually, import them from a file or by parsing an URL. Continue reading

How I keep track of bloggers reviews with ALM

Track ReferrersYou may already know that if you are a blogger or an Internet columnist and write a review about Advanced Link Manager or Advanced Web Ranking, you get an Enterprise license free of charge.

From the time we published this offer we received lots and lots of emails from people who wanted to spread the word about our applications. To thank them for their efforts we rewarded them with a free license.

Since we started, I am managing and keep track of all these reviews. Sometimes this task becomes time consuming, but it’s worth doing it. In this short article I want to share with you the entire process of doing that.

In Advanced Link Manager I keep track of reviews, see if they are still linking back and keep details of the bloggers who wrote the articles.

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