Analyze All Your Backlinks with Ahrefs.com

It’s something that I’ve said in previous posts on this blog, but it’s something that is very much worth reiterating. Knowledge is power. It doesn’t matter how driven you might be or how creative you might be, because you really need to arm yourself with the kind of data and information if you want to enjoy any kind of success. And in the case of an online business, getting a firm grasp on demographics, links and SEO is positively paramount.

Offering a whole suite of tools for this purpose is the creatively-named Ahrefs.com. As you can quite clearly surmise from the name of the site, they’re all about links and giving you the freshest data updates on not only your own website, but also that of your competition or just about everyone else on the web. In today’s review, we’ll take a look at a few of the tools that you’ll find on Ahrefs.com and the kind of data that they provide.

A Growing Suite of Tools

One of the problems with data is that it can be very dry, but it can also be very difficult to comprehend, especially for novices and the uninitiated. Even for people who are more familiar with the terminology want the data displayed in an easy-to-digest kind of manner.

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And that’s one of the many objectives of Ahrefs.com. They not only maintain a “huge index of links” with “data updates every 15 minutes,” but they strive to provide you with a “friendly interface.” It’s still data, so you’ll still get tables of figures, but you also get a decent supply of graphics and charts that make the information a little easier to understand.

The Free Site Explorer and Backlink Checker

Right from the homepage, you gain immediate (and free) access to the Ahrefs.com Site Explorer and Backlink Checker. You can enter either a domain in that field or you can enter a specific URL if you want to learn more about a particular page on your site.

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To test this out, I generated a report for MichaelKwan.com, which is the home domain for my freelance writing business and personal blog. Right at the top of the page, you get some quick at-a-glance information about the URL rank, the domain rank, the number of backlinks, the number of referring domains and the number of social shares.

What’s great is that you also gain insight into the types of referring domains (.com made up the majority for me, unsurprisingly), as well as the backlink types. For example, I learned that quite a large number of the backlinks pointed at my site are actually nofollow, but the majority are also site-wide links. Sifting through the report, you can learn more about the specific backlinks and domains, as well as top pages and more.

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The free site explorer report is surprisingly comprehensive. You get a visual representation of the countries of the TLDs that are linking to you, a pie chart with the top referring TLDs, an anchors cloud for the most common anchor text, and so on.

Mentions Tracker and Other Tools

Working in a somewhat similar fashion to Google Alerts, you can also use the Mentions Tracker on Ahrefs.com to see where your brand or name is being mentioned on the Internet. I did a quick search for Dot Com Pho and recognized many of those mentions, but I did have to “subscribe” in order to see beyond the first five results.

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And that’s where Ahrefs.com is able to monetize the site. While the Site Explorer report is free, some of the other tools are either limited or completed restricted to users who are registered subscribers of the service. One such example of this is the backlinks report, as pictured above. That can be found under the “Other Tools” section of the site, along with the domain comparison and batch analysis.

How Much Does It Cost?

If you want to utilize some of the premium features, then you’ll need to upgrade your account. There are currently three pricing plans available, starting at $79 per month for the Professional Plan. That includes 5,000 results, 60 SEO reports, 100 backlinks reports, and 20 million exports. You can ramp up to the $179 Elite plan or the $499 Enterprise plan if you need more than that.


31 thoughts on “Analyze All Your Backlinks with Ahrefs.com”

  1. Raplus says:

    Hey Michael,

    I use Ahrefs free plan. It is a really great SEO tool. I am going to upgrade to professional plan near future. πŸ™‚

  2. uzoma eze says:

    Everyday we get to lern new stuff on the web and see things differently, what we knew in 2006 may not work today and 2011 tools are not getting friendly with today’s SEO catching up, I have used this tool and trust me its worth to mention its a great backlink service to work with.

    I will appreciate Mike if this tool will be servicable by 2025

    cheers

  3. Hi Michael,

    I’d never heard of this site before. I’ve just had a quick play with it and it looks like it could be a very useful resource indeed. Thanks for the great synopsis πŸ™‚

    Regards,
    Glenn

  4. I. C. Daniel says:

    Great services. Recommended to anyone. You have a lot to win using Ahrefs.

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel

  5. FERNANDO BIZ says:

    Great post Michael with a lot of informative knowledge about Backlink profile analysis. Thanks for sharing the Free Site Explorer and Backlink Checker/

  6. I have used Ahrefs for several years and am very happy with all the information I can get from the page, I see my pages information, etc. After Google Penguin and Panda updates I could find what Google had changed by Ahrefs.

  7. Susan Velez says:

    I have heard of ahrefs and have used the free version. I am not that familiar with the service and not really sure if I used it correctly.

    My site is still fairly new and I am sure that I really don’t think that it would be worth my time to check my site right now.

    It is something worth to consider as my site becomes older. Thanks for the share.

  8. Bhanupriya says:

    Ahrefs.com is one of my most favorite tool for analyzing backlinks. I have been using this tool for last two years. Thanks for the share.

  9. Riza says:

    Nice offer! I like that it can check backlinks because whatever others say, backlinks are important. You just have to be sure if they’re natural and relevant.

    Aside from that, it seems user friendly so I think it’s good. πŸ™‚

  10. Thats a great set of tools that will come in handy. I have been using google webmaster tools but this is much better. Consider me signed up πŸ™‚

  11. John Gibb says:

    hi Michael

    I’ve used aHrefs before, it’s getting costly if you’re not profiting from your niche sites… and it’s definitely not a tool for the newbie marketer…

    By the way, do you know of any alternative that’s maybe a bit cheaper and at the same time packs the same benefits/features?

  12. faisal says:

    I think its an excellent service there.

  13. Does this tool also let you analyze competitor backlinks?

  14. Jeff Hester says:

    That’s pretty cool, but pricey. At what point do you think it would be worth paying for the service? How much revenue would you need to justify?

  15. Dean Saliba says:

    Can anyone who has used this tell me how reliable the number is? I have used many sites to find out my backlinks total and every single one of them has given me a very different number.

  16. Rajesh says:

    Ahrefs.com is really awesome, I love this tool a lot. I’m using it from last 7-8 months.

  17. Paul says:

    Ahrefs is the one stop for all your backlink verification. I have used it since a long time. Although was feeling a little skeptical these days and was looking for alternate options to try. Your article saved my time on research as always.

    Thanks a Ton Michael!!

  18. Thanks for sharing this great tool, I haven’t heard of it until now! Thanks!

  19. Okto says:

    Sounds great. Haven’t heard of it until now too!. Going to check for it

  20. Mayank says:

    I had never heard of Ahrefs.com. I had only used majesticseo until now but I think Ahref is better than majestic seo in many aspects. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Liton Biswas says:

    Good post and well explained. Thanks Michael. I’ve just started to use Ahrefs for my blog and found your post. It’ll help me lot.
    Thanks again.

  22. Charlene says:

    Thanks for this backlink site. It seems like a site I will be using.

  23. Miller says:

    Ahrefs.com is a great resource for online businesses. It just sucks that the people who need it the most (beginners) are limited to the number of searches that can perform. And it is far too costly to sign up for the Professional plan if you aren’t making any money yet.

  24. Charles says:

    John, I have used a lot of these tracking tools. They seem to blow my mind. It seems like I get different results with different tools.

  25. Ronee says:

    These tools are great. However, they seem to get me going in a different direction. They highlight something wrong on my website, and before you know it, I am trying to fix it, losing valuable blogging time.
    Great post, Michael.

  26. dota 2 says:

    thanks for this great info! will definitely check into it.

  27. Kiko says:

    Hey..really good article…so true.

  28. Cristobal says:

    It is a very comprehensive tool. The price is worth it. Very good article SEO.

  29. Jen says:

    ahrefs is expensive. Can you recommend an alternative?

  30. Cheers for the great tool, might come in handy,

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  31. Hannan says:

    I am seeing that Ahrefs.com is showing backlink graph of only the last month. Can you tell anything about what has happened to it or how can the backlink graph can be extended to 6 months or more.

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