Since I have been writing for SEO Hosting for quite some time, I have had the opportunity to have discussions with many of the regular readers of this blog. Recently, I was having a discussion with one of the regular SEO Hosting readers, and he asked me a question. I really was interested in the question he asked, and since I spent some time looking into it, I thought it would make a great post.
This reader did not want me to share his identity with our audience, but he did say that he was more than happy for me to use his question as the topic of a post. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at his question, and then I’ll dive into the answer I found.
Question: What’s the best way to efficiently monitor your inbound link counts over a period of time?
The reason that I really liked this question is that I remember seeing others ask the same thing, but I couldn’t remember ever seeing a concrete answer to this question. Obviously, this is something that can be very useful for a SEO to do, so I knew that there had to be a way to efficiently accomplish this task.
When I began looking for the answer to this question, I went to Google Webmaster Tools. If you haven’t ever used Google Webmaster Tools, you are missing out, because they provide a lot of value.
As I was looking through Google Webmaster Tools, I noticed that it was possible to see your current backlink count. However, there was no way to compare this data over time without manually creating a chart and keeping track of the changes on your own.
After some more searching and digging, I came across exactly what I had been looking for. The answer to this question is a Firefox plugin called glync. This plugin was created by Russ Jones of Virante and The Google Cache blog.
As you can see from the screen shot above, this plugin gives you a great visual representation of the changes in your backlink count.
What I also really like about this plugin is that there are two versions of it (a free and a paid). Here’s the exact explanation from Russ about the differences between the two:
Free: “Of course we offer a free basic version that anyone can use indefinitely. The basic version will track Google Webmaster Tools’ external links across your whole site for the last 30 days.”
Paid: “90 day tracking of Google Webmaster Tools External Links for Site, 90 day tracking of Yahoo External Links for Site, 90 day tracking of Google Webmaster Tools External Links for All Sub-Pages Listed, 90 day tracking of Yahoo External Links for Site for All Sub-Pages Listed, PageRank for all on-site pages listed and PageRank for all external-links listed.”
Given the fact that the paid version offers so much value for only five dollars a month, I think it’s well worth upgrading if this is a tool that you are interested in using!
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in a future post, leave your question in the comments below, and I will do my best to provide you with a full answer to your question in a future post!