I have stressed many times that creating a profile page or adding a backlink somewhere is not always enough. If the page containing your backlink does NOT get indexed OR if the site owner removes your links or maybe even applies the nofollow tag then your backlinks will not count. This means you have potentially wasted time and money.
I thought I’d whip this quick blog post up to show you the importance of checking your profile pages and also checking to see if they are indexed. Now you can do this manually, which is time consuming, or you can do this using some kind of software. For this example, I have used both my own apps, Profile Link Checker (New) and Index Checker.
What is the difference between the two apps?
Profile Link Checker checks each URL to see if it contains my backlinks. It will tell me whether they are dofollow or nofollow and will also display some other useful data. Index Checker will then take the VALID dofollow URLs and check to see if they are indexed in Google. For those that have bought Index Checker, this app now returns completely accurate data. The only issue you MAY see if you overuse it in any one day is a temporary block. Profile Link Checker does not get blocked at all as it doesn’t query Google!
Mini case study using 15 URLs
For this small case study I took a list of 15 pofile page URLs that my outsourcer did for me a good few months ago. You can though process a much higher number than this. This is just to keep it quick and simple. I pasted these 15 URLs into Profile Link Checker and ran the app so that it looked for backlinks pointing to a promotional website of mine. The app returned only returned 6 valid profile pages that were both live and included dofollow links to my site. This means that the others either had the nofollow attribute applied, were simply not present, or they have been removed or hidden behind a login. Just having this information to hand enables us to not waste any time on the invalid links and just focus on the valid dofollow links.
Checking the indexing status of the dofollow URLs
What I did then was copy and paste the 6 valid URLs into Index Checker. The app processed the URLs and shown that ONLY 1 of the profile pages was indexed in Google. 1 out of 15 URLs! Not good. How many profile pages do you create each month? How many do you waste your time on bookmarking and such like, not knowing whether they are still valid or include your dofollow links.
What we need to do is weed out the bad URLs and then check to see which of the GOOD URLs are not indexed in Google. Then simply make sure Google indexes those pages by bookmarking them and placing the links on high traffic pages, even if it’s just temporary.
The more profile pages you get indexed, the more VALID backlinks you’ll have pointing to your sites. In the long term this will result in increased rankings and more online income. So instead of wasting time on invalid pages, or links that don’t exist, spend your time on something more productive.
Results showing only 6 valid dofollow profile pages
(Profile Link Checker)
Results showing only ONE indexed profile page