Seeing what a web page links out to is one of the major steps of SEO diagnostics process.
This way you can see which internal pages are given more emphasis to, which anchor texts are used for both internal and external links; you can identify some red flags of possibly paid links, research the site “neighborhood”, etc.
This post lists 6 tools to help you run the analysis of all links used on a page:
|Type||Internal vs External||Linked page info||Link details||Extract links|
|IWebTool Link Extractor||Web-based||no||Google PR||attributes (nofollow), title, anchor||no|
|Link Extractor||Web-based||no||no||Link anchor text||CSV|
|FireLink Report||FireFox (Firebug) addon||yes||no||Link anchor text||no|
|SEM tools||FireFox addon||no||no||Link position on a page||copy all / selected links|
|SEOquake||FireFox addon||yes||Google PR, incoming links, etc||nofollow||CSV|
|OutWit Hub||FireFox addon||yes||no||no||CSV|
(Some details and screenshots can be found below)
1. IWebTool Link Extractor
Only 5 requests per hour are allowed for a free (and unregistered) user. The tool works pretty smoothly. The options include extracting links together with:
- Title / anchor text of each one;
- Full address;
- All the attributes (including of course nofollow);
- Google PageRank of the linked page (this one doesn’t seem to work properly):
This is a basic but useful tool that extracts links from pages, displays them in a handy table including each link URL and link text (for image link it won’t show anything).
The best thing about it is that it allows to extract links to CSV file:
The addon generates the report containing all on-page links used on the current page grouped in 6 categories:
- Internal and external
- Internal only;
- External only;
- Absolute and relative;
- Absolute only;
- Relative only:
This one extract links based on their position on a page.
This one shows the wealth of linked page SEO stats:
- Google PR;
- # of results for SITE: search for the linked domain;
- # of links to the page (via Yahoo! SiteExplorer);
- Domain age (via Web Archive);
- Delicious bookmarks of the URL; etc
OutWit Hub is a powerful web page info extractor that can also extract links. It has many advanced abilities and can be configured in multiple ways (including support for the custom scraper). The basic default link scraper:
- Extracts links;
- Sorts internal links from external ones;
- Offers quite a few various filtering options.
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