Which Is Easiest To Manipulate – Majestic, Ahrefs Or Moz? (SPOILER ALERT: Answers Inside)
Firstly, the purpose of this crude little test is NOT NOT NOT to teach you how to manipulate Majestic, Ahrefs or Moz’s Open Site Explorer.
The purpose here is to make you AWARE of how these tools can be manipulated so that you are less likely to get screwed over when buying expired domains for your SEO efforts.
So the fanboys of those services should get off their high horse and recognize some real-world SEO issues (seo landing page) with their darling/s. In my world, where testing and research is a way of life, it’s all about the results and the performance, not whether Rand Fishkin is a super nice guy or not (not relevant, is it?).
And this may come as shocking news but there are actually scammers out there in SEO and Internet Marketing – I know, crazy right?
Naturally, SEO is full of opinions, biases, villains and heroes (they’re interchangeable, depending on who you talk to) and every SEO will favor one tool, like Majestic, Ahrefs and Moz OSE, over another, that’s all normal and fine (read about hosting seo here).
Personally, I find that they ALL have different issues e.g. for my Bluechip Backlinks platform, in 2015 I found it impossible – or with a 4 day reply time – to get Moz customer support to talk to me about using their $10K+ a month (minimum) API service and with Majestic, it’s possible to get 12, yes TWELVE, different metrics readings for the SAME domain, more on that in a minute.
And if you think Ahrefs is the answer, read on as you may not be able to handle the truth there either, over to you Jack:
So How Did I Test & What Inconvenient Truths Did I Find?
On May 5 2016, I bought these brand new domains with no history whatsoever on Name.com:
Then using Al Gore’s Internet contraption, I set up superfast hosting for them here (yes that’s my company, the only one with FREE and UNLIMITED and AUTOMATED SSLs installed in under 10 seconds) in the same hosting account and installed a 1-page default WordPress setup on each.
As you can see, these are NOT content-rich sites and were all created with the default WP theme and had 3 YouTube videos added from the ‘How To Sing’ niche and that was all (basically these sites are complete junk) e.g.
I then ran this $25 GSA gig at each site, ordered on May 5 2016, delivered by May 10 2016 (https://blog.terrykyle.com/3d-printer/):
Then Something Very Interesting Happened…
Click here to read Part 2, the RESULTS show…