Finding Links That Carry SEO Juice

By Dixon Jones September 22, 2009

MajesticSEO gives considerably higher back-link numbers than any other system out there today. That’s cool, but not all are relevant for any given task. To better understand which links might be affecting your SEO rankings, you need to first decide what kind of links YOU think count. Then you need to filter the data and force a new analysis of the data to find this list. It’s not hard… takes about a minute. Here’s what you do.

(If you haven’t already registered on MajesticSEO… it’s free to register.)

When you add a domain to your control panel, Majestic analyses every URL in the index. Now it would be helpful if the system let you filter out the rubbish from the start, but at the moment it takes an extra step.

  • From your control panel, go to the summary page of the Domain Overview of the domain you want improved SEO intelligence on, then select “Options” in the top left block of menus.

Here you will find lots of ways to filter the data. In particular, you should see a section a bit like this:

Analyse only backlinks with the following flags set:

Source Flags

Include backlinks with flag

Exclude backlinks with flag




































Note: if you only want to take into account reputation passing hyperlinks then you need to exclude backlinks with the following flags set: NoFollow, Frame, Redirect, AltText, Mention and possibly Deleted (meaning those backlinks were not found on the same source page after it was recrawled).

By default, MajesticSEO has analysed EVERY backlink… even ones which were subsequently deleted and even mentions, where a person used your URL in the text but didn’t actually link to you.

I am not going to say categorically which links count for SEO and which don’t, but I currently use this section to EXCLUDE:

  • Framed links
  • Deleted
  • Alt-text
  • Mentions

Depending on how I feel and what I am looking for, I may also exclude nofollows and Redirects. Infact – at times I delete the whole darn lot!

Now check quickly that you don’t have anything else filled in on those options from a previous analysis, then press the button saying “Update and Force Analysis”.

Bingo! You have a much BETTER data set of backlinks for SEO purposes.

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9 Responses to “Finding Links That Carry SEO Juice”

  1. jay said:

    September 23, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Hi, just a suggestion.
    When I first signed up for my account and logged in, it says I need to add a domain, but I did not see where to add my domain.
    I am sure I will find it, but maybe have a link to the place from this sentence
    “Note: You need to [ link here--- add domains ----- ] before you can see information on them. ” Just a suggestion. Look forward to trying out your service.

  2. jay said:

    September 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Ah. I found it. Maybe everyone is not as dumb as me.:)

  3. Dixon said:

    September 25, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Thanks Jay. We know we have some user interface (UI) issues on the web interface. (You should have seen it 6 months ago!)

    We do have a list of UI upgrades planned and that’s a good one top add to the list.

  4. Goran Giertz said:

    October 11, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Tips and tricks on how to use Majestic SEO, like the one found on this page should be added to the dashboard.

    I also got confused when I used your system, where to begin.

  5. Dixon said:

    October 14, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks Goran.

    Again we fully note that our website has some UI issues. We can’t commit to a date for the next round of upgrades in this area, but it’s clear to me that every pound spent on improving the conversion rate and UI is probably worth several pounds of getting new people interested in Majestic.

    Do you think people would help to write up how to get the most out of Majestic if we set up a WIKI?


  6. Breakline Marketing said:

    December 04, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Hey Dixon,

    Totally agree with Goran. You guys have a killer tool. I’m just a little lost on how to get the most out of it. So a wiki, more blogs, hell a Youtube channel on how to use the system would go a long ways to getting more people using the system.

    Speaking from my own experience, I don’t use something until I fully understand it. I don’t have the patience/time in my day to figure somethings out.



  7. Dixon said:

    December 07, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Hi Breakline. I fully understand. I’ve put this up today as a start: – hope it helps.


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