Ahrefs - A Backlink Audit Must
April 26, 2014

Ahrefs - A Backlink Audit Must

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Ahrefs Site Explorer

The SEO department is using Ahrefs mostly to identify positive movement within our link building campaigns. We also use it to diagnose Google penalties. It has been extremely valuable when helping clients recover from these penalties. It provides the key metrics and attributes when need to identify real problems they may be having. The export features are nice as well.
  • The index of links updates very often
  • The export features allow easy data cross analysis with other data sources
  • The price is well worth the return of service and usefulness
  • Sometimes the index does not pick up current live links for a long time.
  • The cap for data exports is pretty low considering the vastness of a link profile.
  • There should be a feature where you can classify link types by your own parameters.
  • Helped remove penalties
  • Proved content marketing strategy
  • Helped improve content marketing offering
  • Majestic SEO,Open Site Explorer
Honestly, we use all three of them. The truth is that not one of them is perfect and we want a complete view of a client backlink profile. We really like ahrefs for the price point and the freshness of their index as mentioned earlier. Their interface is not as user friendly as Open Site Explorer, but we find that the data is a lot better.
If you want to monitor your backlinks in almost real time, Ahrefs is the tool you need. They update their index faster than any other service I have seen, so if you are actively building link through content marketing other tactics, it will be nice to see what links show up naturally from your efforts. If you are looking for the best solution for cleanse a backlink profile, there are better tools out there specializing in those efforts.

Using Ahrefs Site Explorer

Their index is too vast to ignore when looking at a complete backlink profile. We find links in Ahrefs that do not appear in any other link detection tool. For this reason, it's a must for our agency to use for the foreseeable future. Plus, it's very affordable considering the data you get.