Today we have launched a new version of Site Explorer with improved functionality and a much improved user interaction. There’s more than one blog post of upgrades – so here’s a summary, with screenshots below.
- Improved Summary screen layout with Anchor Text type charts added
- Ability to tailor your Site Explorer tabs and filters to see the data your way
- Added information about the last crawl result, to show 404s, successful crawls, Compression errors and much more
The first thing you should notice when you use our Site Explorer now is a cleaner font layout and a cleaner summary screen in general. But there’s added functionality in there as well. Here’s the screen shot for a typical site.
1: More Logical Tab Order
Whenever I demo Majestic, I find myself looking at the Referring Domains tab BEFORE I start looking at individual back-links. So we changed the default tab order for usability – but we are seeing different people using our data for different things – so if you don’t like our order, you can change it. More of that later.
2: Clearer Summary Data all on One Line Above the Fold
Here’s the “top line” stats – now presented on the top line! If you want to switch between Fresh and Historic you can, but for most uses the Fresh data is still the default.
3: Home Page Title added to Domain Info
To make it easy to see what the site is about, the Title of the home page is now shown when you ask for domain data. Previously we had this data displayed at the URL level only – which just felt we missed a trick, so this should be better for the user.
Pie chart of link types
Scroll down the summary page a bit and you’ll see a shiny new chart:
Here you can easily visualize a site’s links in different ways. It’s interesting to see when pages have excessive amounts of No Follow links going to them, for example. If I was looking for Search Engine signals, I would suggest that a site with lots of No Follow links coming in might be engaging in large amounts of blog comments. Shopping sites are likely to have more image links than other types of site and new for the first time you can visualize what percentage of links in our indexes (Fresh or Historic) did not resolve in the last crawl.
You wanted 404s… We now give that and MUCH more
A number of users have helped us by using the Feedback button (It’s on the left hand side in orange next time you have a suggestion). One common request was a list of links you the site that resolve in a 404. So we have given you something better on the Pages tab and listed the most accurate crawl result we can from the last time we checked your pages:
So for most websites and pages, we will arrive at a page through a link and try to crawl the page. Sometimes we believe the page to be there but have not yet crawled it – for whatever reason – so if that’s the case we mark it “Not Crawled”. But most pages should be marked “downloaded successfully”. If they aren’t, then you have some technical issues to attend to! But we can now give lots of other responses. In the screen shot above, one crawl result is “failed to decompress” on the Superteddy page. So Super Teddy maybe needs to sort out his super hero abilities as his main strength now appears to be invisibility. You’ll see a 404 in the list too – something that can easily be rectified with a 301 redirect (at which point we’d SHOW a 301 redirect there).
This new layer of data will – we hope – prove invaluable for web-masters trying to make sure their sites are working well. We’ll be showing if the page was blocked by robots.txt, didn’t resolve, had server issues or time outs and all sorts of other reasons. If we can’t specify why we were unable to see the page then we’ll tell you that too.
So if you want a list of 404s being generated on your site, export to CSV and filter out the 404 responses.
See it Your Way
We had a chat internally about the best order for the tabs in Site Explorer – but we found different people looked at different sections. Maybe you always look at the same screen – say the “New Links” screen. We decided that always having to see the summary screen first if the only thing you do is click on the same tab was a waste of a UI enhancement. So now you can change the default tab order and filter settings for Site Explorer in your account settings.
The options screen helps you to filter much of the data on the fly as well too – just to save you clicking every time on the “remove deleted” button in the back links tab for example. The options are:
- Removing the Deleted back links in the Backlinks display
- Cleaning the anchor text. E.G. making “Majestic-seo” and “MajesticSEO” the same.
- Setting you default ordering in the Referring Domains tab
- Setting the default results per page from 10 to 500 or 1000 per page if you want.
I have already found this useful – setting the referring domains order to “Trust Flow, Descending”; removing the deleted back links from my default list and cleaning up the anchor text. Sweet.
One Less Click to your Favourite Tool
We also noted that some people always head for the backlink history tool. Others want to download the Majestic Million every day. We found a way to save you a click every time – by using a hover on the home page to get you straight to where you need to be:
Win a Gold Star and find the other Easter Eggs
We have made some other enhancements too – to one of our tools in particular. We’ll try and get around to writing about it, but maybe you can have a look around and see if you can find the tools we upgraded. As a hint – if you use the new tool correctly you will be able to find out a site’s most prolific link partners or you can use it to find holes in your link strategy much faster than you could before.
If you want a chance to win a gold star – tell us in the comments what you think has changed in our toolset since you last looked. You will be surprised at how much has changed.