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Thursday, November 6, 2008

New Tool: Historical Tracking of Links in Google Webmaster Area

Posted by @ 4:51 pm

There’s nothing more important to achieving high rankings in Google than an quality ongoing link building program.

Google made monitoring your link building progress somewhat easier when they introduced the various link tracking options to the Google Webmaster Center.

The webmaster center allows website owners to track the number of external links (and internal links) Google has indexed across your site and for each individual page within your site.

While this “snapshot” view is handy, especially with the ability to view where the links are coming from – tracking success over time is difficult – as there is not historical charting to measure ongoing progress.

Enter Glync to the rescue. Glync is a firefox plugin that turns the link data offered in the Google Webmaster Center into tracked charts.

All you need to do is install the plugin and visit the link section in your Google webmaster center. After a couple of days – the plugin will take effect offering easy to read charts of how your links are growing (hopefully).

The service is offered with free and premium versions. Premium versions offered extended periods of tracking.

If you want a quick and easy way to graphically track your link building progress, Glync is worth checking out.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Google considers implementing its own graphing tool at some point (given the technology is already available via Google Analytics charting capabilities).

Rene LeMerle Rene is the marketing manager of - a global search engine marketing company. He also leads the marketing for - a web 2.0 style community for online and digital marketers. Rene has been in the industry since 1997 with much of that time spent helping businesses embrace the best of the internet and digital world.

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