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Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX)

Find strong healthy links of competitors. Understand Risk Levels in your niche.

With Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX) you can understand risk levels for your niche and find strong links that your competitors have.

What you can do 

  • Find the strongest low-risk links of your competitors
  • Understand which link risk level is “natural” in your niche
  • Go after the most promising links of your competition
  • Understand and outperform your competition

And there’s more…

  • Analyze acceptable SEO ratios in your niche
  • Identify why you might have a Google Penalty
  • See the average keyword ratios in your niche
  • Balance your link risk levels to your niche

Learn how to outrank your competition quickly.

How CDTOX works

Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX)

What can You achieve with Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX)?

The Competitive Link Detox allows you to compare your site with competitors and helps you understand what is deemed “natural” in regards to SEO and links in your niche.

You can understand where your own backlink profile stands compared to your competitors. You can find strong and healthy links of your competition that you don’t have – and go after them.

With CDTOX, you are effectively running a Link Detox® on each site simultaneously. CDTOX is a very powerful SEO competitive analysis tool.

Quick Video Tutorial For the Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX)


Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX) Features

Compare your average link risk with your competitors

CDTOX calculates the Domain DTOXRISK® for each domain and then displays the Domain Detox Risk as an average for all the domains, the top 5, the top 3 and your domain. If you are suffering from a Google Penalty, you will immediately be able to see why.

Competitive Link Detox

Discover your competitor’s strong links

See where your competitors are getting ALL their GOOD backlinks from.

The Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX) report will automatically have a pre-defined filter slice called “Strong Links of my competitors with low DTOXRISK” this will display all the strong links for all of your competitors. Your link wish list if you will.

So if you have been wondering why you can’t outrank your competition in the search engines, then this new feature will help you discover where your competition is getting all their links from so you can get a backlink from these good places too.

competitive link detox filter slices

Discover the keyword ratios that are normal for your niche

There are no magic ratios that apply in general, but now you can see what ratios of the brand, compound, money and other keywords are normal in your niche. By trying to blend in with the domains that are already ranking on the first page of Google, you are giving yourself a serious advantage.

Competitive Link Detox

Understand the “natural” link risk in your niche

In the DTOXRISK histogram, you can see the ratios of low, below average, average, above average and high DTOXRISK which is the risk that the winners on the first page of Google have. This is what you should be aiming for too.

Discover more about the link risks in your niche

Find out if your link profile looks unnatural

By looking at the Metric Comparison by Link Detox Rule histogram, you can quickly see any abnormalities you have. For example, you may be standing out because you have too many links on malware pages (TOX2) or too many links from the same IP Address (SUSP7). To learn more about the Link Detox rule definitions please visit

You can quickly understand for types of spammy links you overdid it in comparison to your competition. Let’s face it – everyone has spammy links, only if you stick out badly in some areas or trip certain overall thresholds you are in deep trouble.

Find out if your past link building looks unnatural

Use your current disavow file

If you already have a disavow file in the LinkResearchTools system, this will be taken into account in the CDTOX report.

Tune your personal algorithm

With DTOXTUNE® you can tweak the Link Detox Genesis® algorithm according to your experience and knowledge of your niche. You can customize the weight of the rules by taking your niche, country, and language-specific requirements into account.

Are you missing out on some links that you really should have?

Find the strongest on-topic backlinks that your competitors have, but you don’t.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX)

Does CDTOX take disavow files into account?


For your domains, any disavows files that you keep in your LinkResearchTools account are taken into account and will be seen in the results. You can create a disavow file using Link Detox or uploaded directly via ‘settings’.

What are the best tools for analyzing competitor sites?


For a good SEO competitive analysis, the easiest way is to start a Competitive Landscape Analyzer (CLA), Competitive Keyword Analyzer (CKA) or Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX).

What is a “good place to have a link” after you remove a Penguin Penalty? Do you have some examples of safe places?


Every place that doesn’t violate Google’s terms of service is a safe place. Try to avoid all of the spammy tactics that we mention in our paper about Google spam examples. With CDTOX, you can find all the strong and healthy backlinks of your competitors. These links will be some of the best in your niche, and you should try and go after similar ones yourself. For more low-risk, Penguin-friendly link building tips, check out Christoph Cemper’s 7 Golden Rules of Link Building.

Case Studies Featuring Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX)

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Improve your outreach campaigns

You can use CDTOX for link prospecting by finding the best links that your competitors have and going after similar ones yourself. This is not always an easy task, but this is how to build quality backlinks today. This process will usually involve contacting webmasters and site owners. You can automate link building email campaigns using PitchBox. Find out how to improve your outreach campaigns with PitchBox here

Protect your business before it’s too late

Understanding your niche and knowing the link risk that is normal is vital today. In this article about creating a Google penalty proof website, see how CDTOX is used for SEO link analysis to analyze the link risk for a niche.

How to Analyze SEO Metrics and Outrank Your Competitors

Competitive Domain Analysis allows you to compare your online competitors and reveal your strengths and weaknesses. In this article, Tom Black shows how to use five of the LRT tools for Competitive Domain Analysis, including CDTOX.

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In 2014, one of the largest UK gambling sites, William Hill, took a big drop in rankings. There were many reasons for this which included subdomains with a very high Domain-wide Link Detox Risk™. See how Rick Lomas used CDTOX to find these subdomains.

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