Linkdex is more geared as a toolkit than a true backlink checker tool, although they do have knobs that will show you backlinking information. As such I would not put it in the strong contender category compared to other tools we have reviewed but it is still likely worth mentioning because it does in fact give you the option to check backlinks for a given domain.
Right off the bat one thing I did not like about the tool is that they make you sign up before being able to do or see very much. They set you up with a Free Guest account by default which gives you access to query up to 4 domains.
Once you sign up the tool walks you through 3 steps to getting started, and you must follow them otherwise you will not be able to continue:
- Adding Your Keywords
- Setting Up Keywords For Your Industry (describing it)
- Adding Competitor URLs
It took me a couple of minutes to get through the signup process and to add follow the prompts, but it still didn’t feel natural and easy to use. Once signed up and logged in, you’ll see a dashboard that looks like this.
Depending on how many backlinks exist to the domain you added it may take some time for their indexing to finish, so you may want to browse around the interface to get familiar with some of the options and tools. Personally it all looks a bit overcomplicated to me and it feels like they are gearing up to try to sell me some kind of SEO service which I don’t like. They have a SEO project management system that could come in handy, although to be honest I have never considered that I might have a need in this department. At the top of the tool you are faced with several navigation tabs:
- Tasks (Task and Project Manager)
- Rank Tracking
- Site Optimization
- Link Analysis
- Link Building
The tasks themselves are also broken down into the above categories and include a few extra options as well:
- Keyword Research
- Competitor Analysis
- Local Search
- Social Media
I could imagine that if you are trying to manage larger SEO projects some of these native tracking features may come in very handy.
Once the indexing is complete for your site, they send you an email pointing to the URL where you can find the results. This is basically the ‘Link Building’ tab.
On this tab you’ll see your backlinks in a traditional list format with the following pieces of information:
- Incoming Link
- Page Title
- Influence (green bar)
- Keyword Relevance (blue bar)
- Linking Pages
The influence and keyword relevance bars are not often found in other tools so they are a welcome sight. Rank tracking also seems helpful, although you need to program all the keywords you are interested in. They will track your keyword performance over time on Google or Bing. I may consider adding a few more of my sites and spending more time with my keyword list to see what it has to say. Good keyword tracking tools are somewhat scarce.
The site optimization tab offers some advice but I’m not sure it can do much better than Google or Bing Webmaster tools so I would probably not spend much time on that.
If you do find that you really like the tool and would like to add more sites or track more keywords, you can opt for a paid account. Their pricing ranges from $50/month all the way to $1950/month. This is by far one of the most expensive backlink checking tools we have found, so we would recommend that you shop around a little bit to make sure this is exactly what you need.
The parts of Linkdex that are Free to are included on the following graphic.
If there are any major areas we have missed or if you would like to share your thoughts please drop us a line as we’d love to hear from you on what you think of Linkdex and whether you have decided to get a paid service account.
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