The Tracked Links report allows you to keep a close eye on specific links to look for any changes in status. You can add links to be tracked manually or import them from other link reports in Dragon Metrics. Once they're added to the list, we'll check the status of this link every 14 days and inform you if anything changes to the link, such as it's no longer found or found again after being missing.

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Getting Started

To get started, navigate to Tracked Links under Links in the left navigation.

Every 14 days, the Dragon Metrics crawler will check all tracked links and report on the status. A summary of the most recent crawl will be shown at the top of the page.

The total number of tracked pages will be listed on the far left, which each tracked link classified as one of the following statues:

  • Active: The link to the target site was found on this page

  • No link to target: No link to the target site was found on this page

  • Unavailable: The page did not respond with an HTTP 200 status code. Typically this means the page has been removed (e.g. HTTP 404), redirected (e.g. HTTP 3xx) or the server is down (e.g. HTTP 5xx).

  • Unknown: Our crawler has not crawled this page. It could be because the link was recently tracked and it's still processing in the queue, or the crawler was unable to crawl this page (Typically due to our crawler being blocked by the robots.txt directive.)

A history of link status is shown in a bar chart at the top of the page.

Hover your cursor on the chart to see status for a specific date.

Table

Each tracked link in shown in the table, sorted by Page Authority, highest to lowest.

Linking URL, Status, Page Authority and Domain Authority

  • Linking URL: The title and URL of the page linking to your site.

  • Status: Shown as a blue check if status is Active, and a red X if no link to target or unavailable. Hover on the icon to see additional details.

  • Page Authority: Similar to Domain Authority, this score predicts how well this page will perform in search engine rankings, based primarily on the strength of the URL's backlink profile.

  • Domain Authority: Provided by Moz, this is a score out of a total possible 100 predicting how well this domain will perform in search engine rankings, based primarily on the strength of the domain's backlink profile.

Anchor Text, Target URL and Dofollow

  • Anchor text: The clickable text used for this backlink. Generally speaking, anchor texts containing targeted keywords are more valuable than branded terms or generic text (e.g. "click here").

  • Target URL: The URL of your site that this page is linking to.

  • Dofollow: Shows if this link is created with or without the nofollow attribute, indicating the links will pass authority.

Additional columns

Click the View options button in the upper right of the table to show or hide additional columns.

The following columns are also available, but hidden by default:

  • First discovered: The date this link was first discovered by crawlers

  • Last crawled: The most recent date this link was crawled

  • Date lost: If this link is no longer there, the date crawlers first found that the link had been removed

  • Linking pages to this page: The number of linking URLs to the page with the link

  • Linking domains to this page: The number of linking domains to the page with the link

  • Linking pages to this domain: The number of linking pages to the domain with the link

  • Linking domains to this domain: The number of linking domains to the domain with the link

  • Linking URL HTTP status: The HTTP status code of the linking URL of this link

  • Target URL HTTP status: The HTTP status code of the target URL of this link

  • Linking domains from linking page: The number of unique domains included in outbound links on the linking URL

  • Linking pages from linking page: The number of unique URLs included in outbound links on the linking URL

Filters

You can filter links by any field. Click the arrow to expand the filter to get started.

Choose which field you'd like to filter by and set its value. You can add additional filters using boolean AND or OR logic.

Exporting Data

Click the Export to Excel button in the upper right of the table to download the data on this page.

On the top right of the table, click "+" to add more links for tracking.

On the Add New Links page, enter URLs of links you'd like to track into the text box, one per line.

You're limited by the number of total links you can track in your account by your selected pricing plan. There is also a limit to the number of new links you can add to be tracked each month as well.

Once you click add links, the Dragon Metrics crawler will begin checking the status of these links. As they complete, they will be updated in the table.

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