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Backlink checker activation and setup
by Support Dept.
5 months ago
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Support Dept.

Administrator

It's no secret that every modern business directory (local or global) is based on the classic member driven link directory model. In recent years, this model has been significantly supplemented and expanded with many functions that the modern reality of this business requires. And, no matter what, most of the legacy core functions have migrated to our time. One of these is link exchange, where the listing owner must post a backlink to your directory on their business website. As a result of this exchange, both parties benefit. One side gets the opportunity to declare its business in your directory and attract new customers and the second - that is, you, not taking into account the possible reward for placing a listing, improves the SEO rating of the directory. Of course, to a certain extent, this is not an ideal solution, and you will have to make an effort to control the quality of the sites on which links to your directory are placed, but, in any case, this will help you make the directory recognizable and, as a result, attract more customers and investment.

Re: Backlink checker activation and setup
by Support Dept.
5 months ago
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Support Dept.

Administrator

Starting with version 1.0.4, we made the backlink checker a core function of the script. It automatically appeared in your directory after the upgrade. The feature includes several components:

  • A new listing product option that, if enabled, obliges the user to place a specific backlink on their business website when purchasing this product.
  • Detailed information block on the listing summary page that describes the link placement requirements.
  • Backlink checker that validates the backlink when adding a listing via the advertiser panel.
  • An automatic backlink checker that performs periodic checks and notifies the listing owner and the website administrator of an incorrect or missing backlink.
Re: Backlink checker activation and setup
by Support Dept.
5 months ago
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Support Dept.

Administrator

The activation process for this feature is quite simple. It requires at least one listing product with the "Require Backlink" option enabled. This option controls automatic check for backlink presence at the stage of adding a listing and periodic checks every 7 days (configurable option) if the backlink periodic checker is enabled. Detailed information about the link installation and the actual link itself appear on the listing submission page.

In the process of adding their listing, the user must place the proposed link unchanged on their business website which was specified in the "Website" field of the listing form. An automatic checker will test the website for a backlink and, in case of an error, will prompt the user with a detailed error description.

By default, the domain name of your directory will be offered as a backlink. For example, if your directory is located at https://www.example.com, the script will automatically suggest this link as a backlink. Below I will describe the possibility of using a custom link as a backlink.

It should be noted that when you enable the "Require Backlink" option for the listing product, you must have the "Website" field enabled (activated) for the product as well. This is required for the backlink checker to work.

Re: Backlink checker activation and setup
by Support Dept.
5 months ago
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Support Dept.

Administrator

It makes sense that after adding a product with a backlink requirement and receiving multiple listing subscriptions, you will want to periodically make sure that the users who posted their listings did not delete or change the backlink. With a periodic backlink checker, it's as easy as shelling pears. Enable the periodic backlink checker tool at "Administrator - Settings - Settings - Other - Backlink Checker" and it will check the backlinks and notify your and (or) the listing owner in case of any issue. The tool can also be configured to automatically suspend the listing subscription if the listing website is unreachable or the backlink was not found.

Let's take a look at the configuration options that we have built into the tool for your convenience:

"Custom Backlink URL" - a custom URL that includes a domain name and the website path you want to be used as a backlink. This option overrides the default backlink that uses your directory website domain name.

"Backlink URL Template" - the backlink template for generating a backlink that users must post on their business websites. The template must include the HTML code with the "<a>" tag with the "href" attribute. The default value of "<a href="{link}">{site_name}</a>" is recommended. The template may include the following patterns: the {link} pattern is replaced with the backlink (autogenerated or custom) and the {site_name} pattern that outputs the directory website name specified at "Administrator - Settings - Settings - General - Website Name". These patterns can be replaced with actual values right in the template, for example: "<a href="https://www.example.com/directory" title="Business Directory">Find us here!<br/><img src="https://www.example.com/assets/badge.png" alt="Business Directory Badge"/></a>"

"Reject "nofollow" Links " - reject backlinks that were modified by the listing owner to include the "rel="nofollow"" attribute.

Re: Backlink checker activation and setup
by Support Dept.
5 months ago
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Support Dept.

Administrator

The periodic checker has the following configuration settings available:

"Enable Periodic Checker" - enable the periodic backlink checker. Note that if this option is disabled, periodic checks are not performed and the backlink availability is tested on the listing submission stage only. The periodic checker is disabled by default.

"Days Between Checks" - the number of days (7 by default) for the tool to wait for the next backlink checking attempt for each individual listing.

"Hours Between Retries on Failure" - if the backlink was not found or the business website appeared to be unreachanble, the tool can perform another check attempt within several hours (6 by default) to make sure the website is still down or the backlink was intentionally removed by the listing owner.

"Maximum Number of Retries" - the maximum number of retries the tool has to perform on the backlink that was identified as deleted or failed (8 by default).

"Send Client Notification on nth Retry" - leave the setting empty for the script not to send notifications to the listing owner in case of a backlink failure or set it to the the number of attempt on which to send this email notification. For example, you have set the "Miximum number of retries" option to 8, which means to perform 8 attempts to check the backlink every 6  hours. You can set the "Send Client Notification on nth Retry" value to "8" for the tool to notify the listing owner about the backlink failure on the last retry. The "user_invalid_backlink" email template is used for this email notification.

"Send Administrator Notification on nth Retry" - similar to the option above this one sends an email notification to the directory administrator. The email  template title is "admin_invalid_backlink".

"Cancel Failed Listing Order on Maximum Retry Count" - enable this option for the tool to automatically cancel the listing subscription if the backlink was identified as deleted or failed. If this option is disabled, the tool just stops any further attempts after the "Maxumim Number of Retries" has been reached waiting for the directory administrator to fix the backlink or cancel the subscription manually. The email notification is sent to the listing owner on the automatic subscription cancellation, the email templte name is "user_order_cancelled_invalid_backlink".

"Refund Remaining Funds on Order Cancellation" - the script may refund the remaining subscription funds on the order cancellation if this option is enabled or will just cancel the order without any refunds if disabled.

Re: Backlink checker activation and setup
by Support Dept.
5 months ago
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Support Dept.

Administrator

Check results are available under the Administrator panel - Content - Listing Type - Invalid Backlinks, separate for each listing type. On this page you can find all listings with the backlink identified as unreachable, the current number of re-validation attempts for every listing, the date of the last verification, and the error code returned by the server. You, as the administrator user, can correct the listing website link or cancel the subscription.

It should be noted that this checker only works with the "Website" built-in listing form field and is not suitable for custom form fields of the "Website" type.

Websites protected by the Cloudflare service cannot be reached in most cases and the backlinks will appear as broken. The IP address of your server must be whitelisted in the site's Cloudflare settings panel for the backlink verification process to be successful.

The directory website domain name can not be used as a backlink for a listing.

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