Hey folks, I’ve been seriously trying to avoid getting caught up in signing up to any new tools or online services as of late, only so that I could focus more on learning how to use the tools and services that I’ve already invested in properly.
When Monitor Backlinks was brought to my attention a good few months ago, and having been using the tools and features within this service for a while now, I thought yep! I really do need to sit down and start writing a review post to share some of this stuff with you folks, and especially how Monitor Backlinks is helping me improve my rankings and increase my earnings, so here it is.
What is it and who is it for?
MonitorBacklinks.com is an application / website service that provides powerful and useful, yet so simple and fun to use online tools to help you identify and monitor your bad backlinks, as well as your competitors good backlinks.
The tool was essentially developed for SEO’s and web masters. For bloggers who care about the structure of their backlinks profile and ongoing SEO efforts however, this tool is also a must use.
So currently at the time of writing this little review, Monitor Backlinks have been featured on a number of top sites including SEOHacker and KISSmetrics, so they have some decent endorsements from authority blogs already.
How useful is this service / tool?
Well like I said I’ve been using MonitorBacklinks (aff) for a little while now, and I’ve found it to be a very useful service to say the very least, and you will too, especially if you’re making special efforts to focus on SEO and link building for your blog or website.
I know what you’re thinking… If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I don’t really bother too much with backlinking or SEO myself, so what has gotten into me?
Yes, as some of you may know, I love not having to worry about writing content for search engines, it really makes me feel free to be able to write for my audiences needs.
Nevertheless, I still think it’s important for me to look at my website’s backlink and SEO metrics from time to time, I mean I can’t ignore it all of the time right? And let’s face it, we all depend on a degree of high quality search engine traffic right? Our businesses simply wouldn’t survive without it.
And in any case, I’ve found that MonitorBacklinks is so easy to use, I’ve had a lot of fun and pleasure using the application and all of it’s features over the last few months.
Monitor Backlinks has helped me do a little bit of fine tuning here and there for some of the keywords that I’ve been trying to rank for, particularly for my product review posts, and this has helped me to increase some of my affiliate earnings.
Let’s get to it.
So what’s in the box?
OK so let me talk a little bit about the features you can expect to find inside your Monitor Backlinks account when you sign up, you can signup here (aff) by the way.
The features I’m going to glance over in more detail with you are:
1. Overview Tab
Let’s start with the overview panel.
Here I can see at a glance instantly what’s going on with my organic traffic, new backlinks and average keyword position, and generally look at where I’m making, and where I’m not making progress with my SEO efforts.
Navigating around the dashboard is an absolute breeze I have to say, if you look at the top of the dashboard you’ll see that I have access to all of the main features at a click of a tab. Here’s a full screen shot of the tools tab bar below:
I can also switch between sites, or add a new site very quickly using the drop down domain tab in the top left hand corner.
The graph in the middle of the overview dashboard is comprised of data retrieved from my Google Analytics report, which correlates with new backlinks and average keyword positioning. I’ve found this to be very useful for seeing how my SEO efforts (if any) is affecting traffic and engagement on my blog.
Beneath the tools tab bar I can see at a glance some useful statistics about my site, such as social metrics, Alexa ranking (which I don’t really bother looking at anymore frankly), Page rank, number of pages indexed in Google, number of backlinks and unique domains linked from and speed score. See image below.
On the very same page I can switch to view intervals from the current month to 3 months to 1 year.
So as you can see I can view pretty much all of the essential and critical SEO metrics for my site in the overview panel, and I’ve got to say on a 21″ monitor, it does look pretty darn good.
There are some additional features and options at the very top of the page, including a free backlink checker and a redirect checker, again some useful stuff.
2. Backlinks Tab
We now move into the core features of MonitorBacklinks.com, the backlinks SEO metrics.
Here I can view some critical information about the health of my links and so much more.
At the top of the page I have options to add new backlinks, perhaps I recently gained a new backlink from a reputable site or blog that I want to start tracking.
There are some useful filter options too, I’m using most of the options available as you will see from the screen capture above.
In the top right hand corner you’ll see the total number of backlinks (82), number of links considered by Google (19 do-follow) and number of links ignored (63 nofollow).
If you look at the third column with “GI” in the table, that means I can view the Google Index Status of a link, you’ll notice some links have ticks which means the domain and page is indexed and verified, and a few links have a clock icon, which means that link is currently being updated.
The default number of backlinks shown on a page is 50, however if I had a lot more, I could easily change that to view up to 200 backlinks per page.
I can also export of all this data to .csv to view on my desktop later should I wish to, or if you’re thinking of using this data to create reports for your clients, this export feature is perfect.
So that’s the Backlinks tab / features at a glance, and as you can see with the kind of data I’m getting from the Monitor Backlinks tool, I’m able to analyse all of this information to help me fine tune my backlinking strategy, or clean up some of the bad links that I might have on my site. The data is updated frequently too.
3. Reports Tab
If you love generating reports you’ll love this feature.
Here I can view TLD distribution, TLD meaning Top-Level Domain such as .com, .net, .org etc.
I can also view reports for IP location distribution, top anchor text (useful for keeping an eye on your natural link building efforts), followed VS no-followed links and my top linked pages.
Below is a screen grab of one of the reports generated, “Followed vs Not-followed” links.
Once again, there are some filter options for custom reports available, and I can download these reports to PDF for viewing on my desktop or for sharing with my clients.
4. Competitors Tab
Now the competitors tab is a very useful feature indeed.
With Monitor Backlinks you can learn more about your competitors backlinks and take advantage of this as well. Take a look at the screen grab above.
I entered this competitors blog for the pure purpose of doing this Monitor Backlinks review, as I DO NOT consider other bloggers in my niche as competitors in any way what so ever. My aim has never been to try and outrank a competitor, that simply doesn’t interest me one bit, if you’re wondering why, please check out this post I wrote a while back.
Anyway, here you’ll see that I’m able to view the number of links a competitor’s blog has:
A’href data, Moz data, status, URL linked from, URL linked to, anchor text used, number of external do-follow links, TLD and IP. See image below.
So with this kind of data and information about my competitor’s website link profile, I could easily create a list of good backlinks to help me improve my own backlink profile and improve my rankings. If you’re interested in building or improving the health of your backlink profile for your blog, then this feature could be extremely useful for you.
5. Keywords Tab
Now here’s another great feature in Monitor Backlinks and this one is my favourite admittedly.
This is the tab that I visit most often when I’m using MonitorBacklinks.com, especially if I’m trying to rank for specific keywords for a review article that I’ve perhaps already published, or one that I’m in the middle of writing, a bit like this one.
Above screen grab: So on this tab I can view my average keyword rankings in Google, I can view over 1 month period, 3 months or 1 year intervals.
I can also compare my average rankings with my competitors rankings should I wish to. You’ll notice that I can see the competitor I’ve used for the purpose of this review, has a far less average keyword ranking than my blog. (Competitor line marked in purple).
Once again, if your aim is to outrank your competitors for certain keywords or phrases, then this feature might be useful to you.
I personally use this feature to simply take a look at where I’m positioned and how I can improve my rankings in anyway.
Above screen grab: OK so if I scroll down the keywords tab, I’ll also be able to see more refined data about my rankings including, keyword or phrase used, history of rankings performance, competitors position (which is blanked out), URL of page or blog post in relation, and best ranking position attained overall.
I have notifications set so that I can receive emails daily with information about any changes to my backlinks or keyword rankings.
6. Disavow Tool
OK now no backlink tool is complete without some cool disavow tools and resources. On this tab I can instantly see the links that I’ve added to my disavow file, and yep I’ve added one or two already.
I can create a disavow file for domain (example: yoursite.com) or URL’s (example: yoursite.com/page1/)
I can then export to .csv to submit to Google within my webmaster account.
If you’re not familiar with what the disavow tool is or what it’s used for, it’s basically a feature that Google released a few years ago, to help web masters tell Google which links to ignore.
Theoretically this tool or service should be used as a last resort, after you’ve made real attempts yourself to get the bad links pointing to your site removed manually, and from experience I can honestly say, that’s a challenge in itself.
I should also point out that the Disavow feature should be used cautiously, because if done incorrectly, your performance in Google can be greatly affected. The last thing you want to do is to disavow links that shouldn’t be disavowed.
In any case, if you’re a newbie or have a new blog, you shouldn’t really have to disavow any links just yet. You can learn more about Disavow here.
7. History Tab
OK so the final tab we get to is the history tab, another useful feature in Monitor Backlinks.
This is essentially a history list of all your links status changes, which happens frequently as I said. I receive daily emails from MonitorBacklinks.com about changes with my backlinks or keyword rankings, these preferences can be changed.
So folks those are the key features in Monitor Backlinks I wanted to talk about, other features that are included are:
- Email and PDF reports.
- Add and manage multiple users.
- Connect to Google Analytics.
- Affiliate program.
Pricing And Comparison To Competitors
Essentially there are 3 plans to choose from with Monitor Backlinks, all come with a 30-day free trial, you can signup here (aff).
For a small blog or startup, the Start Plan would be ample enough at $24.90 per month.
If you have a medium sized website or blog then I would definitely recommend the Plus Plan at $49.90 per month, now compared to a lot of other premium backlink tools out there, Monitor Backlinks isn’t priced badly at all.
If you compare the Plus Plan from MonitorBacklinks.com with let’s say the Silver Plan from Positionly, which is currently at $42 per month, you do get a little bit more with Positionly it has to be said, but there are some features that Monitor Backlinks offer that Positionly don’t, so it could be down to personal preferences and needs really.
Here’s Positionly’s price plans and features for you to compare against Monitor Backlinks.
Would I recommend Monitor Backlinks? (My final thoughts)
Yes and no, I know that doesn’t help you much but bare with me here.
Yes if you’re into your SEO metrics and stuff like that, and you’re trying to build a great backlink profile or indeed improve your current profile. And yes if you’re serious about outranking your competitors, getting customers to find you online and increasing your blog or website’s bottom line…
No if you’re not worried about keywords and rankings, or you simply write purely for the purpose of serving your audience and community.
In any case, I would recommend giving Monitor Backlinks a try, it’s a great all-round service and you do get 30-days free trial. Hit this link (aff) to get signed up and start using Monitor Backlinks.
Enjoy and have a great rest of the week!
Your blogging friend – Fabrizio.
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