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Create a Website Inbound Links Report Using Site Explorer

Identify the percentage of inbound links coming to your conversion pages versus your home page

A successful publisher tracks inbound links to two places. The first is your home page. The second is your collection of Rapid Conversion Landing Pages that collect an email address in exchange for a report or free product.

Yahoo! Site Explorer is a free tool used to track the number of inbound links to a website. By tracking your homepage, or root domain, you can also see where on your website people are linking to you. More importantly though, to rank high in search engines you should have a stealthy brood of incoming links to your Rapid Conversion Landing Pages.

If you only have a few RCLPs, your link report won’t be too long, but if you have dozens of RCLPs, the report will be a little more complex.

Here is an example of a generic inbound link report, and below are the steps to building one for yourself:

  • Go to Yahoo! Site Explorer
  • At the top of the page, type in your homepage URL and click “Explore URL”
  • Above your results, you’ll see a set of numbers for “Pages” and “Inlinks”. Click on “Inlinks”.
  • Select the options that say Show Inlinks “Except from this domain” to “Entire site
  • The number displayed next to “Inlinks” is the number of pages linking to your entire site.
  • Insert this number in your link report on line C2, under “Inbound Links” to your domain.

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Now you have the total number of inbound links to your entire site. Next, you want to get the number of inbound links to each of your RCLPs. The process is the same.

In your link report, you can enter the number of inbound links in the “Inbound Links” column next to each RCLP. The “Total % of Inbound Links” is determined by dividing the number of inbound links to your RCLP by the total number of inbound links to your website.

At the bottom of the report, you can see the difference between what percentages of inbound links are coming to your RCLPs versus your home page.

Remember, when linking to yourself from external websites, think about what you will be linking to. When you comment on an external blog, you might think linking to your homepage makes sense, but often times it makes more sense to link to your RCLP where you can build incoming links for SEO and convert more traffic. Linking to your homepage is a brand strategy; linking to your RCLP is a conversion strategy.

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3 Responses to “Create a Website Inbound Links Report Using Site Explorer”

  1. Syed Amjad Ali Says:

    Thanks for the Good post. I was looking for such tool to keep an eye on the inbound and outbound links on my website.


  2. instinctis Says:

    Great points you’ve posted here, thanks. Is completely true that yahoo is a great engine for checking your backlinks / InLinks (and a little more) as it seems more accurate than others when it comes to Inlinks…anyway I used to do the queries manualy untill i found this free tool: which also alows one to download the results in pdf file and also generates the free badge price for each and every queried websites.

  3. Sachin Bhuriya Says:

    Great information and nice blog for the new users!

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