Which Is Easiest To Manipulate – Majestic, Ahrefs Or Moz? Part 3 Moz Fail
If you accidentally joined this research here first, you need to head back over to Parts 1 and 2 of this test here:
OK, on with the show and let’s see how Team Rand Fishkin went in this test – remember their crawler was eating the dust of Ahrefs and Majestic during this test, apparently they were bringing a rubber stunt knife to a gunfight with actual guns:
And since our test sites went live on May 5 2016, Open Site Explorer’s crawler (seo and ppc) has turned up just 2 backlinks on 1 of our 3 test domains:
Here’s the total of what OSE revealed as at June 20 2016:
Now is it debatable whether that’s a good or bad result that OSE basically tanked on finding any links to these new domains/sites – personally I find it pretty troubling though on the bright side, at least Moz doesn’t suffer from the ’12-metrics-for-1-site’ issue of Majestic (read about hosting pbn here).
However, it’s crawling ability is pretty woeful compared to Majestic (45,000 backlinks found for WPX Hosting) and Ahrefs (18.6K backlinks for WPX Hosting)
BTW, here’s the OSE readout for WPX Hosting (yes just 6 backlinks found from 4 referring domains):
compared to Ahrefs for the same site:
and here’s Majestic again for that site (best results of 12):
(Read about search engine ranking here)
CAVEAT: Remember too if you’re thinking of buying Moz’s API service at $500-$10,000 a month minimum, depending on the plan level, they do NOT have Live Chat support, do NOT respond to support emails on weekends and do NOT offer pro-rata pricing i.e. if you start using their service on June 29, you pay $500-$10,000 then and ANOTHER $500-$10,000 on July 1 when their system resets.
And finally, our 3rd heavyweight contender, Ahrefs..