Backlinks are unarguably one of the most important factors considered by search engines while ranking your website on the SERPs.
To build backlinks, you must discover opportunities that’ll help you acquire quality links from authoritative sources, which, in turn, will improve the SERP rankings of your website.
Analyzing competitors’ backlinks is one such actionable technique to find credible sources and discover link-building strategies.
For this purpose, you need a reliable backlink analysis tool that can evaluate a Web URL and furnish necessary information related to backlinks pointing to that URL.
This brings us to LinkMiner – a backlink checker tool from Mangools.
What is LinkMiner?
LinkMiner is a backlink analysis tool that lets you investigate competitors’ backlink profiles, analyze their link-building strategies, and unearth opportunities to earn high authority backlinks for your website.
By analyzing the link-building behavior of your competitors, you can replicate their strategies as per your requirements.
LinkMiner saves the time and effort that you’d have, otherwise, spent on finding ways to build backlinks for your website.
To see whether LinkMiner does the job it’s meant to do or not, let us review it by conducting a backlink analysis.
My LinkMiner Review [Step-by-Step Analysis]
In this review, I’ll take you through every aspect of LinkMiner, whether it’s finding new or lost backlinks, analyzing the placement of anchor texts, studying backlink metrics, or any other task.
Let’s dive in without further ado.
1. LinkMiner Dashboard Overview
Once you are on the LinkMiner home page, you’ll witness a carefully designed dashboard that has a clear call-to-action to perform domain analysis.
Besides conducting backlink analysis, you can access all the sections in LinkMiner via the dashboard – whether it’s your profile, help, support, or other features.
Moreover, the hamburger menu on the top-left renders easy access to other Mangools tools, thereby facilitating hassle-free navigation.
3. URLs for Backlink Analysis
To begin with, you need to enter a valid URL as an input. There are a few options that you can try:
- Root domain – domain.com
- Subdomain – sub.domain.com
- Exact URL – https://domain.com/blog
- Path URL – https://domain.com/blog* (All URLs located on /blog subpath)
An important aspect to note is that the root domain (domain.com) search will generate ALL backlinks pointing to the domain.
However, if you search for different versions, you’ll get specific results.
For example, https://www.domain.com will show backlinks pointing to this exact URL.
The same is true for http://www.domain.com and www.domain.com.
So if you want to analyze every backlink pointing to a domain, opt for the root domain.
And if you want backlinks for an exact URL, try different variations.
Coming back to the backlink analysis, you need to enter a valid URL in the input field and select any of the following options:
- All – To obtain all backlinks
- New – To obtain backlinks acquired in the last 30 days
- Lost – To obtain deleted backlinks
Further, you can check the box to show one link per ref. (referring) domain. Now proceed further and click on the Find backlinks button.
As you can notice, in the initial stage itself, you can specify what results you want to see.
A new user may not know the difference between URLs. Therefore, it’s advised to read LinkMiner Guide before using the tool. (You can access it from the Help section on the top-right.)
Now here I’ve entered a root domain, and have kept all settings in the default mode.
Let’s dig in further.
3. Backlink Profile Analysis
The domain backlinks search on LinkMiner furnishes the following result.
Seeing the massive amount of backlink information on the page may overwhelmed first-time users.But still, I’d say it’s a pretty well-organized arrangement. It’s easy to decipher every detail without much effort.
The interface looks user-friendly and informative. However, I’d comment here that I’ve seen better dashboards (both in terms of design and information).
Okay, now let us study every component in detail.
On the top-right side, you can see URL metrics related to web page authority and backlinks. These include:
- Citation Flow (Majestic metric)
- Trust Flow (Majestic metric)
- Referring IPs
- Referring Domains
- Active Backlinks
It provides an overview of the total number of referring domains and backlinks, thereby indicating the credibility of the URL.
On the left side, you can see the list of referring domains linking to the URL. In addition to these, there are ample metrics and filters that help you conduct an in-depth analysis.
Let’s look at them one-by-one.
The first row of options enables you to filter your search based on variables like:
- Filter: You can set numerical limits about Link Strength, External Links, Trust Flow, Citation Flow, Target Anchor, Source URL, Alexa Rank, and Target HREF
- Do/NoFollow: You can opt to see do-follow links, no-follow links, or all links.
- Active/Deleted: You can either opt to see active links, deleted links, or all links.
- Search: Use this option if you have specific queries to look out for; backlinks from the press, for example
The second row shows the URL metrics and important backlink information. These include:
- Source URL: The Web URL that’s linking to the URL we searched for in the LinkMiner
- CF: Citation Flow
- TF: Trust Flow
- EL: External Links to websites from source URL
- FB: Total Facebook shares
- HREF: Backlink HREF path
- Anchor: The backlink anchor text
- LS: Link Strength indicates the power of the backlink
Using these metrics, you can sort the backlinks listing. For example, you can click on the LS to arrange backlinks in ascending or descending order, based on the Link Strength values.
As you can see, you’ve got the power to filter and sort backlinks in numerous ways. It helps you to find out golden nuggets (link-building opportunities) that you can use to strengthen your website’s backlink profile.
From the third row onwards, you get access to the complete backlink profile of the URL.
By clicking on the headline, you’ll get the page preview on the right side. (I’ll discuss it later in detail.)
Clicking the blue-colored link will take you to the source URL in the new tab of the Web browser.
In front of the source URL, you can check out all the metrics. Here, I’ve arranged the backlinks in the descending order of the LS.
Now if you look closely, just below the blue-colored links, there’re blocks of information. These depict the current status of the backlink.
Some of them, as seen in the screenshot, are:
- DF: Do-Follow links
- DEL: Deleted links
- IMG: Image links
- EN: Language (English, here)
While you have control over DF and DEL in the Filters section, images (IMG) and languages (EN) are generated automatically by the tool.
To save a backlink, you can click on the “star” icon on the left side of the source URL. The star turns yellow and the link goes automatically to the list. (You can access these lists from the Favorites section. I’ll discuss it later in detail.)
Now when you look at the last row, you see the total number of backlinks shown (500/500 here) and the page number (1 here).
To analyze more backlinks, simply click on the Load More button. You’ll land on the next page and the displayed backlinks will also increase.
And lastly, there’s an option to export the backlinks data in the form of a CSV file. You can also copy it to the clipboard. This is beneficial if you’d like to save the data for future use (highly recommended!).
To assess how the backlink appears in the source URL’s copy, you can check out the website preview in the LinkMiner.
On the right side, you’ve got options to:
- Open website in a new tab
- Open URL profile in SiteProfiler
- Mobile website view
- Desktop website view
- Show/Hide preview
Here I clicked on one of the backlinks to obtain a desktop website preview on the right panel.
Similarly, here’s the mobile website view of the same source URL.
It makes sense to analyze the backlink placement (in red block) in the source URL’s copy because you get an idea about the type of content you should create to attract backlinks.
Moreover, you can also determine, by looking at the web page, if there’s an opportunity to get a backlink from that particular website.
For example, you can check out source URLs that are “resource pages” and request them to include your website as a resource on their list.
To do this, simply type “resources” in the Search field; all resource pages will populate. Now you can analyze the website preview and see whether it’s the right opportunity to obtain a backlink or not.
And if you want to study the backlink source URL in detail, you can open the URL profile in SiteProfiler. Here you can learn about backlinks, top content, competitors, and various other aspects.
4. Backlinks Data Export
It’s not always possible to log in to LinkMiner to access the backlinks report. Sometimes you may need to glance at the data or share it with a client.
In these cases, you need the data in a shareable and assessable format – a CSV file, maybe?
For this purpose, you can use LinkMiner’s Export feature.
Simply feed the URL or the root domain in the field, apply the filters, select the export type, confirm the export size, and, at last, start the process.
Let us have a closer look at the procedure.
Here’s what you’ll see when you enter a root domain or a URL in the field.
In the Export type, you can choose among the options available under this section.
You can manage the maximum export size, ranging between 1000 and 50,000.
In the Filter section, you can specify any conditions related to backlinks, including links per domain, link rel, and link status.
Once you’ve entered all the details, click on Start processing.
The processing will begin and you’ll receive an email containing the download link of the exported file.
Alternatively, you can also export the backlinks data to CSV or copy it to the clipboard from the Search dashboard.
However, if your sole aim is to export the data, you can use the Export feature.
Once the backlink export is complete, you’ll get a notification via email.
5. Favorites List
Remember we saved some backlinks to access them later in the Favorites section?
Here we are.
You can access all the saved lists in the Favorites section.
And since all the lists are named after the domain or the URL, you’ll face no difficulty navigating through the list of lists!
For example, here I accessed a list that contains saved backlinks. It shows only the backlinks I saved and not all the backlinks.
It’s certainly an effective way to analyze the best link-building strategies. You can easily replicate these tactics in no time to build backlinks to your website.
6. Search History
Lastly, you can navigate through the History section to retrieve any of the backlink searches you performed in the past.
This is especially helpful when you’re working in a team and you need to access previous searches. Or you want to revise search history because you missed out on some important information.
Whatever your reason is, the point is this feature is really helpful for LinkMiner users.
7. LinkMiner’s Pros and Cons
LinkMiner is an exceptional tool that simplifies your task of link-building. However, there are areas where it lacks as well.
Let us have a look at the positives and negatives of LinkMiner.
- Detailed and well-organized backlink analysis
- Easy data management and export
- Live website view in both mobile and desktop format
- Easy-to-comprehend and user-friendly interface
- Limited display of backlinks per page
- Limited export size
8. LinkMiner’s Pricing
LinkMiner is a part of the Mangools set of SEO tools. It’s not available as a standalone product.
Mangools SEO suite is one of the most effective and the most affordable toolset available right now.
You can subscribe to any of the following annual plans:
- Mangools Basic – $29.90 per month
- Mangools Premium – $39.90 per month
- Mangools Agency – $79.90 per month
The Bottom Line
LinkMiner does a great job of extracting backlink details from a URL. If you want to speed up the process of link-building by discovering potential opportunities, it’s highly recommended to opt for LinkMiner.
Besides generating backlinks, you can analyze every individual backlink URL with SiteProfiler which provides detailed SEO metrics. It’ll further strengthen your link-building efforts.
Other than this, the intuitive interface, affordable pricing, and stellar support are some of the aspects in favor of LinkMiner.
Now, if you have any questions related to LinkMiner, ask me in the comments. I’ll provide my two cents in response.