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How is this possible in Ahrefs

Discussion in 'Link Building' started by mandude, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. mandude

    mandude Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    So I am looking at my 2 top competitors for a niche, and I wanted to copy what links they have because they are #1 and #2 in google.

    So I go to ahrefs.... and it says they have 3 backlinks!!! How the F is this possible, how are they outranking me? Am I missing something? They have a DA of 13 and I have 35.
    I dont have a manual action.
     
  2. lucasbraydon

    lucasbraydon Supreme Member

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    They have probably blocked crawlers using their robots.txt
     
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    Yes as above, there was a chap on here yesterday saying he makes a couple of blog comments then blocks the rest from backlink cheakers
     
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    They may have cloked the links out for some crawlers.
     
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    nishantsarkar Power Member

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    is it 301 ? :\ :p
     
  6. Slashdot

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    It could also be that they genuinely do only have a few backlinks, and in time you will rank better than them. You just have to give Google some time to rearrange the rankings. However, it could also be that your site is penalized.
     
  7. mandude

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    Ah yes, I forgot you can block ahrefs and all that, it must be that. Smart bastards! I'll try googling their URL maybe some stuff will show up. Ive been in this niche for over a year and used to be #1 but got lazy, so its not a matter of they rank #1 for 4 backlinks.
     
  8. SEOnetic

    SEOnetic Senior Member

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    can you check for cloaking once again.
     
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    Hey OP,

    As others have mentioned already, most likely they have blocked bots like majestic, ahrefs and the main backlink checkers from crawling their site and they could also be using 301's and url shortners as well.

    Cheers,
    SDSEOGURU
     
  10. thedood

    thedood Newbie

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    I know for Majestic you can block but not for Ahrefs...??
     
  11. sunipun786

    sunipun786 Newbie

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    did you check clock links?