[New Feature Alert] We Just Started Tracking Redirect Chains

Tim Soulo
Tim is the guy responsible for marketing and product strategy at Ahrefs. But most importantly he’s the chief evangelist of the company.

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    I’m not sure if you were aware of this or not, but up until last week Ahrefs’ crawlers were unable to save a “chain of redirects” from start to an end.

    So whenever someone (someone.com) was linking to your site (yoursite.com) via a redirect (bit.ly) we would only show that:

    • someone.com links to bit.ly
    • bit.ly links to yoursite.com

    …but obviously you were interested to see that “someone.com links to yoursite.com via a bit.ly redirect”.

    Which is why we have started…

    Tracking Redirect Chains

    Here’s a little test.

    A few weeks ago a well known marketing blog called “FirepoleMarketing” changed it’s name to “Mirasee”.

    Which obviously resulted in a 301 redirect from firepolemarketing.com to mirasee.com

    Go put “mirasee.com” into Ahrefs’ Site Explorer, and you’ll see this: 

    redirect-tracking

    We’re yet to catch up with all ~2000 referring domains that firepolemarketing.com has, but our crawlers are on it:

    backlinks-are-growing

    And since redirects are pretty common around the web, please don’t be surprised if you see a sudden increase in your referring domains and referring pages:

    increase-in-links

    So in the nearest time you can expect us to release a few new cool filters related to “redirect chains”.

    I’m sure affiliate marketers will love them, as we’re currently saving the full “redirect chain” in our database (cough*affiliateID*cough).

    And that’s it for last week. Come back next Monday.

    Tim Soulo
    Tim is the guy responsible for marketing and product strategy at Ahrefs. But most importantly he’s the chief evangelist of the company.

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    • good news . thanks Ahrefs

    • Hello, I would like to know how long it takes to Ahrefs spider to finally ignore a 301 Redirect that I removed about two weeks ago. It seems that Ahrefs is still crawling and see the redirected links, instead those links are gone since days (also Google does not see 301 anymore and reverted back all links to original domain). Thanks for reply.