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How to Download Every Backlink Using Majestic

Majestic Site Explorer doesn’t show you EVERY back link we know about – but we do have a report that does. This post shows how to download every backlink we know about… and even more that we didn’t.

The Download All Backlinks Report.

When you initially type in a URL into Majestic, we start in Majestic Site Explorer, to show you the top data from a small subset of the whole index we have. If you are on a silver subscription, this limits the results to the top 2,500 for example. This is a load – but not all of them. If you are analyzing Penguin problems or exporting our data into third party analyzers, you should make sure you take the right data!

Step 1: Get an Advanced Report

Create Advanced Report Button

The report you need should be “advanced”. If you get a “Standard” report, the list of links increases from 7,500 in a silver account to 20,000 in a platinum account, but only ADVANCED reports get all the links in a data set.

Create Advanced Report Screen

Be wary here – this screen doesn’t recall whether you requested the URL / Subdomain or Root Domain in the home screen, so check your settings on this screen before clicking “Create Report”.

Exporting the full list of Backlinks

Once you create the report, pulling all this data this not always instant. You may be asking for a HUGE amount of data and as such, we occasionally have to queue the running of this report. Most of the time the report only takes a few seconds to run, but if you really want all the back links of some of the biggest sites in the world… or if someone in the queue above you has made such a request, then the report will take longer to generate. When it is ready, you will see the report in your “My Reports” screen. The report will have the status “analyzed” next to it. Check as well that you do not have the refresh icon next to the report: Screen Shot 2013-04-28 at 14.48.37

If you see this icon, it means we have updated the index since you last analyzed the site. Clicking the refresh icon will rerun the report. Click on the report itself and you will see the “downloads” tab. From here you can click “download links”:

Download Backlinks Screen Shot

This takes you through generating all the links to the site from this report.

Three Ways to Increase this list:

1: Remove of reduce the default filters!

By default we assume that you do not want ALL the data in the list. In the screenshot above, you can click on the word “filters” and choose whether you really want to see the links we have assumed you did not want in the report.

2: Bulk Upload links from Other Sources

If you have link data from other sources – like an export from Google Webmaster Tools or any other report, you can upload these to our crawler using the Bulk URL Submitter. This will not be instant, but over the next few days our crawler will take into account your data and prioritize its crawl decisions accordingly, As our index is constantly updating, you should find that we check the URLs over the next few days. If there are still active links to your site at this time, our index will be updated accordingly.

3: Upload the HISTORIC report into the URL Submitter

This is a neat way to merge the Historic index and the fresh index for the site, bringing all the data of live links into one report (the FRESH) index. If you get the data from the Historic report and export it into a file, you can them upload this file to the URL submitter and this will have the effect of requesting that our crawler rechecks all the URLs in the historic data. Since this recheck happens over the coming days, the Fresh index is likely to increase its data on your site. You can then re-analyze the fresh index and download a new list. Unfortunately – this will only work for smaller sites, because the limit of URL submission is 100,000 links. However, you can limit the size of the file to the ones most susceptible to Penguin by selecting only those below a given Trust Flow threshold. (Start with a Trust Flow below 20 and go from there.)

Source: Majestic SEO Blog

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