Today we are making Majestic Site Explorer free for verified domains. We are also removing restrictions on how often you can use Site Explorer for paying users (subject to a fair use policy). Other changes include layout improvements and some new stuff for all users – but I expect that the big news will be that Site Explorer is free for your own sites.
It’s easy to set up
If you don’t have a free account yet on Majestic, it is simply an email verification. It takes seconds here.
Before and After functionality as a Free User
We always gave you your own back link detail for free – either in Standard reports or Advanced reports. With Site Explorer, however, the data comes back MUCH faster and is much more intuitive. The original free data was already much richer than data from (say) Google Webmaster Tools because we assess the value of every link, and tells you data about crawl dates, anchor text, redirections and other links types and most importantly we also give flow metric data for each link. Flow Metrics take a while to understand – but our training video should help you get to grips with the ideas. The big win for users is in the UI and simplicity of Site Explorer. For smaller businesses, almost all of your important link data is in the Site Explorer data being effective equivalent of Silver plan (Gold and Platinum accounts allow to go deeper). It’s quick and it’s intuitive.
Site Explorer lets you:
- See your strongest links at a glance – with Crawl dates, Flow Metrics and anchor text.
- Lets you see New Links and Lost links in easy to drill down charts with data being updated all the time.
- Have an easy way to see a list of your referring domains
- A geographical and visual map of where in the world your top 1000 referring domains are hosted
- A clear break down of your anchor text with EASY drill down to see the exact links you have for any given anchor text.
The New Benefits for Free Users
You can easily see – for free and on a daily basis if you like – your own site’s new links. This means you can see who is talking about you. Who is linking to you. Who is affecting your brand. This arms you with the chance to leverage these new relationships. If CNN or BBC link to you, you can talk about it, shout about it… benefit better from it whilst it is still news.
You can also see where your relationships are in danger – by seeing where links are breaking to your site. Time is of the essence – sometimes these links are lost by accident in a site reorganisation. Recovering them within days is easy… getting them back when the developers have moved on is nigh on impossible. Forewarned is forearmed.
Why are we giving this data Free?
It’s something that should make life much easer for free users, who will now be able to see new and lost links for their own sites very easily without having to always delve into the standard and advanced reports. Now that we have made it so much easier for free users to verify their own sites – either through META tags or via Google authentication via our Webmaster Tools, it seems only right that free users can see the power of the paid accounts – by showing them Site Explorer information for the data on their own accounts. We hope a few free users will upgrade to paid plans once they realize just how worthwhile it is to be able to have this data for any website, sub-domain or URL.
What did you say you are giving to Paid users?
1: Unlimited use on Site Explorer (Yes… conditions apply)
We have also dropped a limitation on using Site Explorer within our back end. We used to have a number of throttles to limit users setting up programs that scrape our results. We have now dropped one of those – so unless you are doing something beyond what most people would consider “normal” you are likely to be able to use Site Explorer all month long on any account level. We do still have protections in place of course and Gold users or Platinum users get longer lists of links in site explorer. If you want to see ALL the links to a domain, then you would still require an advanced report.
2: The ability to set your default Advanced Report settings
If you want all the links to a site – whether yours or someone else’s – then you will still need an advanced report. We have found that different TYPES of users expect different information when downloading “all” their links. Some only want links that “pass link juice” but everyone has a different opinion as to how you define such a filter. Most would assume that links that no longer exist should not be in the list – whilst others feel that they ESPECIALLY want these ones more than anything. You might want to ignore links from domains you consider your own… or ones you consider penalized… or these might be the ONLY links you are interested in. After discussing this internally, we decided to let users create their own default settings for what they consider “relevant” links. Changing these settings does not affect existing reports, but will affect advanced reports you create moving forward. You access these default options in your account settings:
3: More intuitive access to all the other tools
We have reviewed and amended the quick links on our home page to better reflect usage patterns on the site and improved the cookie crumbs links a little to make it easier to return to your reports when navigating. We also pooled the links in the Tools tab to help users better navigate our tool set and see the various tools in some context.
4: More clarity on “First Found” Dates
We use two indexes. The Fresh index looks at a site’s Link position now and over the last 90 days. There was confusion, then, with the “first found” date in the Fresh Index, because no date in the Fresh Index is more than 90 days old – so what of links that existed before the 90 day range? We have fixed this with a simple “before than” symbol on dates which are near the start of this range:
Hovering over the “<” symbol lets you know that to find the TRUE first found date of this link, you could most likely do so by looking in the historic data, but the links ware certainly no longer “New” as they are now getting on for three+ months old and quite possibly years.