TouchGraph has a free tool called ‘TouchGraph Google Browser‘ that quickly and automatically creates a visual graph of your website’s backlink network (only including the content that Google indexes).
*Note that not all of the listed sites directly mean they have backlinks, but the majority of the sites listed will have backlinks to your site. The others are considered ‘similar pages’ which, at the least means, a competitor of yours has backlinks on that site.
Apart from being a “cool” tool to check out, it can be a valuable SEO resource to identify your weak spots and figure out where your competitors are one-upping you in regards to link building.
When your TouchGraph loads you’ll immediately be able to see a visual graph of the sites that have content that link back to your specific URL.
*Note that not all of your back links will be listed, because TouchGraph will only list the links that Google counts.
*You can also expand each node by clicking the plus sign next to it’s in name where it’s listed in the left side bar. This will offer more specific information on the source of your links.
Here’s how you can use this Free tool in your SEO work.
1- Identify what links Google isn’t indexing for you. i.e. If you find that you’re putting a lot of work into generating lots of links at a particular site, and that Google isn’t indexing them, then it’s best to give it a rest and try elsewhere.
2- If you’re looking for more sources to generate links, then enter your top keywords into TouchGraph to see a full graph of all the relevant content Google is indexing. Identify a few sites on it that you’ve been ignoring, and go after them.
3- Spy on your competitors to see where they are one-upping your by searching their URL. By viewing their network of link and contents, you can find the areas that they are beating you at and start generating similar links.
4- Combine this tool with the Google ‘Wonder Wheel.’ Enter in your main keyword into Google and click the ‘Wonder Wheel’ tool to see Google’s list of top related keywords. Enter those keywords into TouchGraph for even more backlink sources to attack.
5- If you have a competitor that ranks better than you in Bing, look up their URL in TouchGraph to identify sites they are utilizing for backlinks that you aren’t. These sources could be the difference they’re making in Bing.
Touchgraph is a tool you can get creative with to monitor and improve your Network of backlinks to make sure they are abundant and diverse enough to top your competitors.
How are you going to use this tool to improve your backlinks?
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