Search Console Helper is a PC SEO tool that extends the capability of Google Search Console with more data, advanced filtering options and the ability to keep historical data beyond 90 days.
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Today, I would like to introduce you to a completely new and unique set of features we’ve just added to Search Console Helper. These features are designed to help you better manage your incoming links.
When you upgrade to the version 1.6.1, you will see a new page in the top navigation menu: Links page.
The first thing we need to do is upload a list of links, as a csv file that you downloaded from Google Search Console.
As you can see, I’ve just imported a file with 540 links and the data imported included the URL of the linking page and the date Google discovered it.
Of course, you can create your own CSV file with your own list of URLs that you grabbed from other tools. All you need to make sure is that the CSV file is in the format that looks like this… 2 columns, the URL and the date.
Once uploaded to Search Console Helper, the real fun starts…
The big deal is the Start button over here. When you click it, the Search Console Helper crawler will start visiting each and every URL on your list, grab the entire HTML code of each page and store it in your computer’s RAM (random access memory).
As you can see, the data in the table is being filled out. Of course, you can pause the crawling and resume it later, as you want.
Here’s the data you will be getting from this action:
The Found checkbox will indicate that the backlink was actually found. The Code and Status columns indicate the response code of the page… 200 OK … 404 Not Found … 301 Permanently Moved… etc.
The Content Type will indicate if the page is an HTML document, PDF file, or something else.
The Length column will indicate the size of the document in bites. So, this page, for example, is about 150 kilobites.
Now, before I talk about this last column here: Context of Search term/URL, notice that the domain name of your site has been automatically pre-filled in the Search term/URL box.
Also pre-filled, were the standard search values. Probably, the most important search value, besides the search term is is Characters +/-
This tells Search Console Helper to display 200 characters before and 200 characters after the first occurrence of the search terms found in the code of the page … in this case, the search term is searchconsolehelper.com
Now, when you hover over the Context column, you can see the full +/- 200 characters of the code. This allows you to analyze in detail the exact context in which the link is placed, right from inside Search Console Helper. To our knowledge, no other tool on the market currently has this capability!
Of course, you can change the search term to anything you want… be it your competitor’s domain name, another string of text or a piece of HTML code (nofollow).
You can also filter the data, for example by selecting only those that are not found.
Additionally, over here, is a quick snapshot of you links file: total number of links XXX, of those YY were crawled, ZZ links were found to exist, across AA separate domains (B of which were not found).
Clicking the Domains button will display the complete list of root domains and the count of link occurrences on each.
All of this allows you for a really powerful analysis of the linking pages and there are many things you can do with this.
You can, of course, export the entire data set into an Excel file.
Or, you can create a sub-list of URLs and then export it in a TXT format to submit to Google for disavowing.
Have fun with this new feature and let us know what you think!