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6:39 pm on Jun 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I created several backlinks for my website through comment postings. I've done this for about a month now. I know for a fact that several of the comments have been approved because I see traffic from them. However, when I go to Alexa or SEMrush, they don't show any backlinks for my website. Why is that?
10:56 pm on June 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Backlinks that you create are not authority backlinks. Real backlinks need to come from another site, not its visitors. UGC links are not viewed as authority links, more like graffiti.
1:29 am on June 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Backlinks that you create are not authority backlinks.


Good points. I know what you're getting at. But that's a bit off topic to what the OP is asking.

The question to answer is, why does the backlink not show up in backlink reporting services? The answer is that it's a technical issue related to how often those services crawl the entire web and how often they refresh their data. It could also be a reflection of how complete their crawl is and what kinds of data they choose to report.
6:23 pm on June 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Yep, martinibuster is right.
Basically, Alexa takes ages to crawl sites and SemRush is still in its infancy and their index is very incomplete.

You can get a free account with Majestic SEO (meaning if you verify your domain you can check your own backlinks for free) - they're more agile at crawling the web and updating their index.

P.S. Going off-topic, I hope you know what you're doing ;)
6:42 pm on June 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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You can also look at your backlinks through Google Webmaster Tools, Open Site Explorer, Yandex, aHrefs, and several other sources with pretty big indices.

Martinibuster is correct that you are likely just dealing with the fact that those services don't have the most complete index. Additionally, if the only links you have are the ones you recently built, then you probably don't have enough authority to get any type of prioritization by most of these crawlers.
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...you probably don't have enough authority to get any type of prioritization by most of these crawlers.


Good point!
8:09 pm on June 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

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And for what it is worth, I found some links in bing web master tools that I didn't find in GWY, hrefs, Majestic SEO, nor open site explorer.

@ Bubzeebub

I created several backlinks for my website through comment postings...


Oddly enough, I just spent the entire last week REMOVING those kinds of links.

Be careful what you wish for...