DRAFT:View Your Results
In this video, we’ll be looking at one of the most important aspects of using Article Samurai, which is: How To View Your Results
An essential part of running any business is to identify and monitor your key business metrics.
Your metrics are the numbers that describe the performance of your business and when it comes to article syndication, the most important metric of all is how many backlinks your articles have generated.
For a long time this information has been difficult to obtain because most indexing services only update their indexes every few weeks.
However, the good news is that we have partnered with Majestic SEO to provide you with the best and most current link indexing data available today.
Let’s jump straight into Article Samurai and I’ll show you how this works.
OK, so the place to view the results of your article syndication efforts is the Rank Tracker module, so I’ll just come up here are click the Rank Tracker tab.
Search Engines & Phrase Match Results
Over here you’ll see that I’ve selected the Search Engines I’m interested in. I’ve also checked the Phrase Match results check box...
Search Depth of 1000
...and selected a search depth of 1000 to make sure I pick up as many of my rankings as possible.
Now, with my Backlink Source set to Majestic SEO, I have access to two different indexes:
The Historic Index, and the Fresh Index.
Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail.
The historic index provides an indication of all the backlinks that have been built to a particular URL over time.
Historic Index Example
For example, let’s say we created a website in 2008, and during 2008 the website received 425 links. Then in 2009 the site received 567 links. In 2010 the site received 978 backlinks and so far in 2011 its received 731 links.
The historical index value for this site is the total number of links built since the site was created, so to calculate the historical index we simple add:
425 + 567 + 978 + 731 to give a Historical Index value of 2701
Now in contrast to the Historical Index, let’s look at Majestic SEO’s Fresh Index.
The fresh index provides an indication of the number of backlinks that have been built to a particular URL in the last 30 days.
This is a rolling 30 day period which means each time you check the index it will give you a snapshot of the number of links created in the last 30 days.
Comparing The Indexes
So while the historic index gives you an indication of the total number of backlinks to a URL, the fresh index gives you an insight into what has happened in the last month.
By the way, Article Samurai pulls back data for the Historic and Fresh Index at the same time so you don’t need to update your data to change which index you are viewing.
Select Fresh Index
Now when it comes to syndicating articles with Article Samurai, a great way to see the impact your articles are having on your site is to select the Fresh Index from this dropdown box...
Update Rank Tracker Data
...and then update your rank tracker data every couple of days.
If you syndicate articles regularly, after a few weeks you should be able to come down to the URL and keyword you are targeting and click the graph icon.
When you click on the Backlink option over here, you will see a graph that illustrates the growth of backlinks to your web page.
Each of these data points indicates the number of backlinks created in the preceding 30 days. You can see the data values for each point on the graph by hovering over the point with your mouse.
So just to recap, the easiest way to view the effectiveness of your article syndication campaign is to access the rank tracker module...
Select Fresh Index
...select the Majestic SEO Fresh Index from this dropdown box...
Update Rank Tracker Regularly
...and update your Rank Tracker data every couple of days as you syndicate your articles.
View Backlink Growth
You can then watch your backlink count grow in almost real time as your articles are syndicated across the