I just signed up for a monthly plan. I’m not quite sure what the limit for reports is. What is a “Detailed Report per Month”? Is that each time I click “Create a Report”? Or, is it whenever I enter a URL in Site-explorer to check? Or, does each time I click a tab like “Anchor Text” and “Ref Domains” count as a report?
No! You can click on “Anchor Text” tabs and “New Links” without fear in Site Explorer. The only restrictions here are throttle based. If you look at too many Url or domain lookups in a given hour, then you would see a screen saying that you had reached your (hourly) limit. Since you can check 30 domains every hour on silver, this should suffice an individual user. This increases to 250 domains an hour for Platinum users.
But this is not a “Report”. Reports go deeper, giving you more backlinks than we give on Site Explorer. We have two main report types “Standard Reports and “Advanced Reports”. Whilst – on a silver subscription – we show 2,500 links in Site Explorer, we show 7,500 in a standard report and all the links if you have enough resource left in your account in an advanced report.
Here is how it breaks down as of October 2012:
|Site Explorer||Not Available||2500 links||5000 links||10000 links|
|Standard report||Not Available||7500 links||15000||20000|
|Advanced Report||All links for your own site*||All links of your own* + up to 1 Million other links||All links of your own* + up to 5 Million other links||All links of your own* + up to 20 Million other links|
|Reports per month||60 + your own||300 + your own||950 + your own|
* Add a verification file to get your own site data without charge
What does x million other links mean?
If you request an advanced report, we have to process every link we have for a website (whether you ultimately need them or not). So if you are analysing CNN.com then we just cannot give you all these links within a silver package. This is why we give you Standard reports that return the top (strongest) backlinks, and also a way to see all your own site’s links for free. For this reason, advanced users or users analysing large websites will benefit from higher subscription levels, but those analysing mostly smaller website will not see any significant advantage increasing past a silver subscription.
Are there advantages in generating reports over using Site Explorer?
Yes. Here are several:
- Standard reports have very quick filters, allowing you to slice and dice the data on the fly by anchor text, URL syntax, URL strength, flag type etc
- Both reports provide a static point in time. They only get updated when you request the data to be refreshed. Site Explorer changes all the time.
- You see more links. Lots more!
- Advanced reports allow advanced filters, giving you the chance to slice and dice the entire backlink profile in any way you see fit, including or excluding deleted backlinks, sorting by dates, by country or word in the link page’s IP range or many other options.
We do not charge a user more than once per period per report on the web interface, even if you force your data to be refreshed every day. (Usage fees do apply when you use your data allowances through any form of API.)
I didn’t even know “Reports” existed..
Ah – well we obviously didn’t want to blow your minds on day one 🙂 -Seriously, have a look at this video to help you get to grips with our reports:
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