Majestic Seo: Most Advanced Backlink Analysis Tool

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Majestic SEO is the backlink analysis service developed by Majestic-12 allowing for the exhaustive backlink report that can (potentially) be a fully legitimate competitor of and a great alternative for Yahoo! SiteExplorer.

The tool is free as soon as you request the report for your own website (you will have to verify your ownership by uploading an empty page to the root of your site). If you want to see a backlink report for your competitor’s site, you will have to buy credits.

Majestic SEO current index size is impressive:

32,690,802,864 crawled pages (211,051,271,656 unique urls in total) and 81,502,004 unique domains (685,461,105 with subdomains), ~ 1.5 trillion (1.5*10^12) linking relationships.

The service methodology, index quality and data sources:

There are two sources of data: the main is our own web crawl that we have been doing since late 2004, and for quality verification of that data we use backlinks reported by Google and Yahoo.

Our methodology allows us to estimate how close our index is in terms of quality to those used by other search engines.

The service offers a range of valuable reports:

1. Domain Overview:

  • Top anchors;
  • Top referring domains;
  • Top page (based on “A-Citation-Rank’ – depends on number of unique referring external domains).

Majesticseo: Overview

2. Anchors – the huge list of external anchor text including valuable data:

Majesticseo: Anchor text

3. Referring TLDs: statistics citing linking TLDs distribution.

4. Referring domains: a table showing domains linking to a site (and the most powerful page the link was found on);

5. Domain daily updates: new links found daily. According to the company employee:

…as soon as domain name is added to control panel we will be providing daily backlinks updates – we crawl 150-170 mln pages every day and if we find backlinks to that domain in any given day we will add them to recent crawl list.

Majesticseo: Daily updates

More benefits:

  • (in case a page was previously 301 redirected) the tool will search for links to both old and new URL versions;
  • the tool checks for links to both www and non-www versions of the site;
  • the service offers the option to search for links to a domain or to a page;
  • you can view “source flags” (redirect, frame, nofollow, image link, deleted link) for more specific reports;
  • the tool provides a handy export-to-CSV feature.

What can be improved?

  • More sorting and filtering options (the tables and lists are huge and there is no way to sort them online). Though you can always export the results and sort them in Excel, a few more online sorting options would help a lot.
  • Some data seem to be a bit outdated (the current index is dated end of May 2008 but they promise to have full index update this month). Citing the company employee who I had a chance to briefly interview:

At the moment we are not very up to date – it can take 2-4 months before we find most recent links, however I expect this to change in the next couple of months as we will switch to automatic recrawl of important sites – this I hope will reduce time of discover of new links from important pages to a few weeks or maybe days.

Some vocabulary used at the site should be also paid special attention to:

Short domain (also sometimes referred to as second level domain) is the shortest form of the domain without any subdomains;

ACRank (A-Citation-Rank) – a very simple measure of how important a particular page is by assigning an integer value from 0 (lowest) to 15 (highest) depending on number of unique referring external short domains.

ACRank spread shows number of ACRanked backlinks split by their ACRank.

Disclaimer: please don’t solely rely on information any tool reviewed here provides. I recommend running multiple tests before arriving at any conclusions (also please share your test results here if you please).

Ann Smarty

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  • Nick Stamoulis

    Looks like an awesome tool, thanks so much for the heads up!

  • SEO Chester

    I’ve not heard of Majestic SEO before, looks very promising from your write up! Will go try it now, ty.

  • Link Building

    Hi Ann,
    I think you mean “What can be IMPROVED”? in your last heading.

    This looks like an awesome tool for us link builders and SEOs. Almost too much data.


  • Alex Filippi

    Nice tool but i don’t agree about the credit for see the competitors

  • Jaan Kanellis

    Yeah some great data in there, but when they are asking for 50-100-200 credits per domain your not going to get many buyers. WAAAAY over priced.

  • Shadab Malik

    Sounds good news. Will try and get back soon with my view on it.

  • Luc Dubois

    Take a look at which uses the SE indexes directly and verifies each entry with the linking sites themselves. I’ve been using this application for over 3 years now to compare my employer’s sites with those of our competitors. It has all the data of the above tool and then some. Much, much better. Disclaimer: I’m not involved in this company except for being a satisfied customer.

  • Luc Dubois

    Oops! That should have been
    My apologies.

  • Jignesh Padhiyar

    Nice Tool for Back Link Analysis.

  • SEO Knol Group

    Thanks Ann for the heads up on this new tool. I added it to our growing SEO Tools list over at our website.

    -SEO Knol Group-

  • Ann Smarty

    @Link Building, yeah, sorry – corrected!

  • Donovan

    I think they would probably have people a little more interested if they would take the time to make the page look a little more professional.. I know, it’s the functionality that counts right? That’s fine if it’s an outstanding product or a one of a kind product but when your have an alternative that that is just about the same or better or is the same price or free, well, that’s the difference between a successful product/service in your market.

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    I definitely agree with you. I expected a better design.

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    Thanks, its wonderful !!

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    Decent software… price could have been better.

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  • Rafael Montilla

    It is very cool tool to spy the competition

  • nupel

    Thank for site and article very good back-link analysis tool

  • Big D

    This seems very similar to the Seomoz linkscape tool.

    They even have the same size database.

    Has anyone used both?

  • Maggie

    Good article – there are lots of great free tools out there to do backlinks analysis – unfortunatly I couldn’t include any examples here as it looks like I’m spamming. Do a google search for free backlink analysis tools.

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    Thumbs up for the great post!

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  • yarim ezgi

    very useful tools.thanks so much.

  • seo-web-design

    Nice tool, i just heard about this, thanks for the heads up. Funny thing is it says it is better than Yahoo site explorer… and i was using site ex when i found this hehe, lol..

  • Tony Alverio

    Awesome tool! Great articles also. Keep up the great work!



  • mps

    I have a question, is there a good tool that can quickly identify bad backlinks pointing to my site? I’ve used some of the typical tools but I need a red flag showing what spammy sites are linking to me. Or, is there not one out there?

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