Drum roll please!
We present you the 34 most awesome features that we think made LRT as cool as our users love it today. As owner, I was surprised and proud that we accomplished all that in just a year.
See for yourself – and please let me know what YOU think was the coolest feature we launched in 2012. Don’t miss the chance to give us feedback in this survey and help improve Link Research Tools further in the direction that YOU want!
I really do look forward to your feedback, also via your comments!
Christoph C. Cemper
and the team of
Link Research Tools
What do you think was the coolest feature of 2012? Vote in our coolest feature survey!
How healthy is your Site?
Find out with Link Detox
The famous link detox tool is available since August. A mere 5 months old and we’ve already analyzed over 70,000 client domains with it. We saw an immediate need for this tool and the industry started raving about it from day one.
Based on state of the art algorithms, the DTOX (short for Link Detox tool) detects and classifies all of your links. DTOX lets you know if any of your links are harmful to your search engine rankings.
The tool has since been updated in V2 and V3 version releases. We have three more releases coming up with features that you asked us to implement. If you still want to influence development, please let us know in this survey.
Something we are very proud of – the morning after Matt Cutts announced the Disavow Tool, we launched a full integration to export bad links from the Link Detox tool in the format the Disavow Tool takes.
Redirect Trace and Link Juice Inheritance
Do your links and in particular your redirects pass your link juice? This essential question has been unanswered for a long time, so we added this logic to our toolkit. This functionality allows you to track your link redirects through several levels and also provides information the structure of the redirect chain. So you can easily check whether your redirects are SEO-technically good and inherit link juice. If the trace contains a 302 redirect or meta refresh, then this is not the case. You can quickly spot that and change your redirects to gain more link juice. We found a couple problems on our own sites with it too
Need more info? Check out our Redirect trace launch post.
What-IF and Review Mode in Link Detox
In case you missed it, we made Link Detox even more powerful by not only letting it judge the past of your link building, but also help evaluate your future links to build.
With the “What-If Mode”, it is now possible to ask Link Detox about possible link prospects. In other words – which possible links should you actually build without getting in trouble?
Need more info? Check out our Link Detox tool page.
QBL the Fastest Backlink Tool in Town
The Quick Backlinks tool was officially launched in 2011. However, it revealed its full potential finally in 2012. The QBL (short for Quick Backlinks Tool) was originally made to replace the well-known Yahoo Site Explorer, but it went far beyond that. In our days, the Quick Backlinks Tool is your SEO wonder weapon to analyze your specified domain or page and get a list TOP backlinks within SECONDS. In addition we also included the most common SEO metrics to boost your analysis.
Need more info? Check out our QBL tool page.
The CEMPER Power™ and CEMPER Trust™ metrics are your all in one solution to conquer the ongoing challenge of rating the quality of your links. Those metrics supports you in evaluating the quality and trustworthiness of every URL. Based on years of research and testing these new and consistent metrics are what the industry has been waiting for years.
We combined Power and Trust to create CEMPER Power*Trust™. This new metric allows you the best evaluation of the overall impact of a link.
Four Types of Power*Trust Links
We came up with a simple model to classify links in the four categories of strength and trustworthiness. This pretty simply picture illustrates how the Power and the Trust can be understand when applied to a link.
Need more info? Check out our Power*Trust page.
With the introduction of Power*Trust we’ve also implemented a new anchor text visualization by creating a Power*Trust keyword cloud. While this may look like a boring keyword tag cloud on a random blog, it really shows which keywords are powered by the strongest and most trusted links. Keep in mind, it’s about quality, not quantity. So why count links when you can evaluate their Power*Trust and pick the ones with the highest quality. By the way – the image illustrates how one website had it’s most powerful links from images without Alt-Text. Not very optimized.
Need more info? Check out our Power*Trust page.
Top-500 Power*Trust List
Based on our CEMPER Power*Trust™ metric, we created a unique list of the strongest and most trusted domains. Twice a month, the list automatically gets updated and provides our users with a list of domains with the greatest strength and trustworthiness.
Need more info? Check out our Power*Trust list.
TitleRank™ your Penguin Update Cure
Google and their ongoing updates forced us to finally develop the ultimate and fully automated Penguin Update cure. This is the first tool of its kind on the market! By checking the TitleRank™ metric, you can easily determine the position of each of your links in Google search results. It is important to evaluate if it’s worth having a link there. Especially in the light of the previous Penguin Updates, links from non-ranking pages are definitely not good link sources.
Need more info? Check out our TitleRank launch post.
Google Penguin Case Studies
No question, the three major Google Penguin updates shook webmasters throughout 2012. We not only covered every single update for the US, but also other markets like UK and Germany. After spending weeks of intensive work, data crunching, and extensive analysis, we created many of the most comprehensive reports ever seen on Google updates .
Google Penguin 1 — April 24, 2012
Google first strike against “web spam”, also called the first “Penguin” update, impacted an estimated 3.1% of English queries.
Google Penguin 2 — May 25, 2012
Shortly after the first Penguin update, the second update re-arranged the SERPs and again has SEOs questioning Google’s tactics.
Need more info? Check out our Case Study section.
Google EMD Update Case Study
Google’s EMD update triggered a lot of rage and anger in the SEO community. Did Google really set out to destroy small companies, SEOs, and informative EMD websites?
MinorWeatherReport.com investigates what really happened by looking at cold hard facts; rather than conspiracy theories and understated information from Google.
Need more info? Check out our Case Study section.
SEOktoberfest & SEO Scavenger Hunt
What an awesome challenge! The first SEO Scavenger Hunt was a huge success, where 712 people signed up to join and compete against challenging SEO questions, as well as their worst opponent – the ticking clock. Sharing questions and knowledge via social networks all led to a single person who won the whole SEOktoberfest package worth a total value of €7.115 (approximately $9.000).
Are you interested in such challenges and a chance to win awesome LRT packages? You can sign up to our mailing list.
How Google finds Link Networks
This video presentation was highly successful. It explains how to combine a couple LRT tools to look at paid links, the way Google does it. You learn how it’s really a piece of cake to identify millions of suspicious sites and link sellers by knowing a small seed.
Voted in the Top 5 Search Engine Journal articles for August – How Google Finds Unnatural Links to Your Website
Google sends out their “Unnatural Link Warnings”
For many webmasters, these emails came as thunder from a clear sky, while others weren’t too surprised to receive them. We had been collecting data for weeks and months from worried webmasters about their “unnatural link warnings”. This case study finally gave some insight on who received them and who suffered.
Need more info? Check out our Case Study section.
Competitive Link Velocity
the link growth comparison tool
The CLV (short for Competititve Link Velocity) was one of the first tools that takes into account, link growth over time. Based on the type of your links, you can visually compare your link growth with your top competitors’.
The heat-map display is an innovation we launched to emphasize the high-level view you need to have on your link graph. In the perspective of Link Velocity it doesn’t matter if its 100 or 101 new links, so we tried to hide such distracting details. Compare changes in text-, images-, NOFOLLOW-, and redirect-links in your niche and evaluate how many links have been placed or deleted.
Need more info? Check out our CLV tool page.
Quickly check your Link Lists
In February, we also released the Link Check Tool, which made all other typical link checkers look old. No time before was it possible to analyze complex link structures like link pyramids or a huge list of link partners from Excel without typing them in one-by-one by hand.
Fancy extras like the fuzzy match feature allows you to check any combination of source and target URL, no matter if you know the exact URL or not. All in all, the LCT (short for Link Check Tool) checks a huge set of links on their quality and validity with every metric you’d want to look at. And we can do that automatically recurring for you and mail you about problems.
Need more info? Check out our LCT tool page.
If you made it this far and haven’t tried our product, you might enjoy a free trial to get started with Link Research Tools today.
QDC tool – Decide almost instantly
on the quality of a domain
The Quick Domain Compare tool was suggested by many of our Power users and was designed to do a very quick check on a certain set of domains and easily compare its most common values. As simple as it is, the QDC (short for Quick Domain Compare tool) became one of our most popular tools within a short amount of time. The QDC allows you to compare your domain against up to five competitors. It includes a huge preset of SEO metrics, such as Power, Trust, the number of backlinks, and many more.
Need more info? Check out our QDC tool page.
Keyword Analysis the LRT way with CKA
The Competitive Keyword Analyzer (CKA) is the typical pre-sales tool and best start for any competitive research. Give it 10 keywords and we’ll compare the SEO metrics for the Top 10 for each of those keywords. The Competitive Keyword Analyzer analyzes your major SEO metrics and visualizes them with a brief heat-map comparison at a glance and fully detailed table for deep dives. Detect new market opportunities by just researching a keyword set. Then dive deeper from there. And guess what – all those abbreviations are there on purpose to kill conversions and scare off new users, because otherwise we can’t handle the load. NOT. ( Just joking, for lack of a better approach )
Need more info? Check out our CKA tool page.
Identify spammy sites with our Link Velocity Trends metric
While tools like Competitive Link Velocity (CLV) show you the link growth for a whole domain over months, we also decided to create a new SEO metric that we found super-powerful to identify spammy sites and sites out of Google-favor. A few weeks later there was the Google Penguin Update numero uno, and we were able to discover thousands of link spam networks on expired domains already by using that one metric!
The Link Velocity Trend (LVT) explains the development of link velocity over time. Or in other words, it tells you if the growth of links went up or down. If you had ~10 new links every month and suddenly surge up to 200 links per month you sure are in favor on the web. Vice versa if a domain raked in 100s of links every month for years and now suddenly only gets a few links every month something’s rotten.
Need more info? Read the full news post about Link Velocity Trends.
Quick Everywhere – Get every link information you need within seconds
If you started with LRT in early 2010, you know that crawling millions of data points can take some time – minutes or hours. However, the data is fresh and consistent. Nevertheless, we saw the need for “quick” reports that take a couple seconds and implement ad-hoc reports on the most important tools like BLP, CLA, LJT or the famous JUICE Bulk Url Analyzer. Other tools followed soon.
Need more info? Read the full news post about “Quick Everywhere” here.
Evaluate Link Position and Link Location on each page
Segmenting your links by link location on the page and link position in the code is yet another great way to detect possible spam links or evaluate the overall quality of your links with these new metrics. The Link Location determines the location of a link in HTML code, whereas the Link Location reports the graphical location of a link (e.g. Footer, Header, etc.).
Slice and Dice and segment your data with Link Slices
You can now store any filter criteria in what we call link slices. A handy feature if you want to compare segments of links against each other, or just want to handle a certain set of links without re-running your report. Simply filter the table regarding your needs, and analyze your desired subset of links in an extra report without wasting credits. In addition, all of our reports have 2 predefined slices, which supports you in detecting the your “bad” and “good” links.
Need more info? Read the full news post about Link Slices here.
We also relaunched the data table feature for an excel-table on steroids. The new multiple filter function is fully integrated into all existing reports and heavily improves your tool experience even further.
You are now able to provide and combine any number of multiple filters and filter ranges on the SEO metrics of your links. Only want to see Trust 1 thru 3 and the super strong ones 90+ ? No problem, we’ve got you covered on that one and any other possible filter requirements now.
Need more info? Read more about our high end filters here.
Link Boost increases your number of links x5
There are times were you need to analyze more links. A lot more links. The Link Boost feature made that possible. Since 2012, even the Quick plan has full boost enabled. So, you are able to maximize your number of links in every plan and whenever you need to analyze a more competitive set of links.
Need more info? Read more about the Link Boost feature here.
Recurring Reports fully automates your monthly reporting
Compare changes in your backlink profile, or watch the results of your link building over a preset period of time. Start as many recurring reports as you want and the system runs those automatically for the selected date.
Need more info? Read more about the Recurring Report feature here.
Keyword Classification in the Backlink Profiler
Analyzing your Backlink Profile just became more effective through the keyword classification feature you know from the Competitive Landscape Analyzer. You are now able to classify your anchor texts to help you understand keyword ratios like “Money”-Keywords vs. “Brand Keywords”!
Need more info? Read the full news post about keyword classification here.
Upload Custom Backlinks to get more links
Our rich data set of 24 combined link sources is still not enough? By uploading your own backlink file you can enrich our crawled data by up to 10,000 additional links right off your webmaster tools.
Need more info? Read the full manual about custom backlinks.
New Responsive Website
Have you noticed how slick and clean the website got?
We hope you like it – it’s finally all responsive. And there’s a saying that responsive websites are a lot cooler than those HTML1-ones that Christoph put together over the weekend.
One of the most awesome features we have is that LinkResearchTools can cover every country, every language, and every Google engine you’d like to research on. No matter if you’re US-based or from South Africa, we’re currently supporting dozens of different search engines. Yours is still missing? just let us know – usually done in an hour or less.
Customer base growth
2012 really was a hell of a year – we grew heavily in all markets and got lots of new users onboard the Link Research Tools.
We already have a four-digit client count from 87 different countries. Eighty-seven!
It doesn’t matter if we’re called the fastest, the best or the only solution for cleaning up bad links. Link Research Tools was featured in lots of news post and different medias around the globe.
And we enjoyed reading all those positive to even raving opinions from industry experts reviewing our tools. Glad you all love LRT as much as we do!
Quick Backlinks, Competitive Research, and many more awesome LRT features right off your browser bar. Our improved bookmarklets support you in your advanced research without breaking your workflow.
Need more info? Read more about all our awesome bookmarklets.
Oldschool PageRank™, ACRank and SEOmoz MozRank metrics
With the release of the new set of the CEMPER Power™ and CEMPER Trust™ metrics, these old metrics finally moved to our legacy package. Due their lack of updates, reliability, and many other reasons, we recommend not to focus on them anymore. Of course, you are still able to query them via our separated package.
Need more info? Read the full news post about legacy metrics here.
Thanks for reading our “34 Most Awesome Improvements of 2012″.
Now is the right time to try all this out with a free trial, don’t you agree?
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