A link graph that looks like an apple

In December 2020, we brought you Link Graph, introducing a game-changing way to evaluate websites. Link Graph takes the top 50 sites that point to a domain or URL, then looks through the top 10 links for each of those sites. It continutes to iterate through those links, eventually building a network of sites that can be as far as four links away.

Since the initial Link Graph launch, we added data views, then filters, selects and link graph exports.

Today, we’d like to share with you how you can use Link Graph side-by-side with Link Profile to instantly evaluate any site in our Fresh Index.

Link Graphs and Link Profile charts are a fantastic 1-2 way to appraise a website. They are both available on Site Explorer Summary, for all Majestic customers who have a paid subscription.

Link Graph image
Link Graph shows the network of top links that surround a website, or URL.

Link Graph is a classic network graph. It shows the deep interconnections around your best links

Image of the Majestic Link Profile
Link Profile is a radar of all first-tier incoming links

Link Profile is like a weather radar. It charts the Trust Flow and Citation flow values of all incoming links. 

By combining both, you have a truly unique way to simultaneously evaluate the breadth and depth of a website’s inbound links – one that we don’t believe you can find anywhere else.

Some Examples

A well-established website

Here is the Link Graph / Link Profile combination for a well-established and well-linked-to website.

Looking at the Link Graph, on the left, you can see that this chart is overwhelmingly red (or shades of red). Each red dot is a website. The size of the dot shows that domain’s Trust Flow, so a chart with a dominance of red is usually a healthy chart.

Complementing the network view is a great Link Profile flame. It has a well-distributed base of smaller sites, and almost all of the larger sites (near the top) are on the healthy side of the TF/CF 1:1 ratio line.

A Link Network

In comparison, here are the two charts from a lower-quality website.

When the colour of a Link Graph is mostly black, like this one, that means that there are more links than websites in the graph. The website you see here is clearly connected to a link network. Additionally, there are not many 3rd and 4th Tier links, so this is likely to be a closed network.

If you glance at the Link Profile on the right, you may see that this domain has a second problem. Only two of its incoming links seem to have any kind of Trust Flow. As you examine these charts together, you can safely come to the conclusion that this is not a healthy link profile.

Link Graph showing a network of sites

This next example has a very sparse Link Graph. This graph has no Tier 2 links, meaning that none of this website’s Top 50 links has any backlinks of their own. Not one. Additionally, those red dotted lines show deleted links.

This domain was on a list of domains for sale. While this domain does have backlinks, around half of those links are now deleted. None of its top links have their own backlinks, and all incoming links have 0 Trust Flow.

I don’t think I’d buy this domain name.

Link Graph with no Tier 2 backlinks

Here is another site with a terrible profile. This domain is feeding from two different link networks, one larger than the other. The Link Profile shows a 0TF flatline for incoming URLs.

Only Majestic lets you instantly evaluate any site or URL like this, at this scale.

Link Graph and Link Profile of a website with backlinks from two private networks of websites

Here’s an example where a Link Profile chart (the one on the right) may look, “okay.” While the Trust Flow / Citation Flow ratio isn’t great in the Link Profile, there are some nice links in there.

However, when you look at the same domain through a Link Graph, you can see that the purple line in the radar is being caused by, what looks like, a packed network.

Link Profile and Link Graph identify poor quality incoming backlinks
Link Profile and Link Graph identify large interlinked network of poor quality websites

This Link Graph shows that there is a clear problem with this website’s profile. The domain is lost in the middle of a huge, single link network. However, there is a more subtle indicator to consider.

As you seen in the very first example, a healthy Link Profile flame, even for the biggest sites, tends to start at the 0:0 point of Trust Flow and Citation Flow. Looking at the Link Profile chart on the right, you can see that most of this site’s referring URLs all come from a tight cluster of similar Citation Flow scores. This is not typical and, even without the terrifying Link Graph, would be a strong indicator of an unnatural Link Profile.

Image of a Link Graph identifying a very tight network of websites
Link Graph identifies a very tight network of websites

Link Graphs and Link Profiles are available, side-by-side, in Site Explorer for all subscribers.

If you’d like to find out more about how you can use Link Graphs to increase web authority, you should check out this three-part Link Graph webinar series by Bill Hartzer and Brooke Sikora from Inseev Interactive.

In almost a year, we’ve seen some great Link Graphs, and as a reward for reading this blog post we’d love to share some of our favourites with you!

Please remember that each one of these is procedurally generated from the immediate links surrounding some websites, or URLs.

See if you can spot the central root website in each one… it’s the red dot with the yellow outline.

Link Graph Examples

Rocket or space telescope shaped Link Graph
Our team is split on whether this looks like a rocket, or a deep-space telescope.

A Link Graph that resembles a frying pan
The numbers on this frying pan are incredible… there are only 94 domains in this image, but there are almost 30,000 links between them.

Octopus shaped Link Graph
An escaping octopus

Sparse Link Graph covering a vast area
Here’s an example of how a far away network can still point to a single site. In this instance, most of the interlinking is between Tier 3 and Tier 4 sites.

Link graph with natural backlinks and a link network
A beautiful example of a website with both a natural-looking graph (on the right), and a network (on the left)

Complex link graph with a diamond shape
We’re not sure what’s going on here, but it’s very pretty.

Link Graph in the shape of an apple
Some networks look like apples!

Link Graph with a lemon shape
And we found one that resembles a lemon

A Link Graph that looks like a squid
We could use this guy in a squid game

Link Graph that looks like an angry chicken
And a link graph that will never be bettered… the angry chicken.

Thanks for letting us share some of our favourite Link Graph renders with you. If you find any of your own, then PLEASE share them with us, we love seeing fantastic ones. Tag us on Twitter with #LinkGraph.

As far as we know, instant Link Graphs are not available on any of the other major Backlink tools, and are unique to Majestic. Despite their incredible insights, they are available on all paid subscriptions – not just the more powerful plans.

If you’d like to make your own link graphs, click through to find a price plan that suits your needs.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact help@majestic.com
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