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2:58 pm on Mar 15, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Moz? Ahrefs?
Which is your favourite and why? Which would you argue is more accurate?

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11:42 am on Mar 16, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Sorry! I was just looking for general advice. Thank you for allowing it!
12:10 pm on Mar 16, 2017 (gmt 0)

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you can't ask useful questions like that on webmasterworld -- you'll get told off.

i have used moz and ahrefs in the past, and i thought the stats for moz were always a bit out compared to the other ones. ahrefs was much more in depth
1:44 pm on Mar 16, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I've always used Moz, but I'm increasingly hearing that ahrefs is better for giving more in-depth analysis (better indication of ranking/backlink profile etc).

I use Moz Pro and I like the keyword tracker, insights and page optimisation advice, but am a bit worried about how wide-of-the-mark it is in terms of ranking, link profile etc.
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>>(better indication of ranking/backlink profile etc).

personally i block the ahrefs bot, and i'm sure i'm not the only one, so i'm not sure about the integrity of their backlinks profiles.
2:55 pm on Mar 16, 2017 (gmt 0)

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>useful
heh

Indeed, these tools are pretty fundamental to understanding link profiles. I'd put Moz in a distant third. Apparently, ahrefs is the most aggressive crawler at the moment. I do prefer Majestic, mainly for it's GetIndexItemInfo and GetBackLinkData API calls. The former is good for a summary of a bunch of domains in telling how powerful they are, on face value. The latter is good for evaluating individual backlinks.

All of them have their limitations, and in some niches bot blocking will not give you a true representation of what Google sees as a backlink profile. Always worth mentioning that for each, they're merely a snapshot of the web that they saw at a particular moment in time. Their headline metrics can also be misleading. You'll get people going on about trust scores, DA or PA, which are useful metrics but can easily be gamed and shouldn't be taken on face value alone.

Along those lines, Majestic just produced a blog post about how these kind of link tools need to be smart about how they spider the web, by avoiding bot traps and thinking about crawling budgets and priority. It's worth a read: [blog.majestic.com...]
3:59 pm on Mar 24, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Ahrefs kicks the crap out of Moz, if you are link building or in charge of outreach.

It's so much more streamlined.
 

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