Backlink Monitor Revision History

Version 5.1.0

  • Added a new “Find” feature to locate text within the Results tabs (“Ctrl-F”).
  • URLs embedded in “data-href” attributes are now detected as backlinks.
  • Added “” to the list of supported indexing services.
  • When a project finishes running, the result grid is now correctly refreshed without the need to scroll up or down.
  • Reports now use Arial Unicode MS font so that east Asian characters are displayed correctly.
  • The “Comment” field from the backlinks is now carried into the results, even for URLs with no backlink (or URLs that display a page error).
  • Fixed a bug that would prevent the scheduler from working on Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Various improvements to the HTML and JavaScript parsers.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the selected UI “Theme” to revert back to the default when restarting.

Version 5.0.2

  • Internal changes to improve PageRank and Index Status checking.

Version 5.0.1

  • TLS 1.1 and 1.2 are now supported if .NET 4.5 (or later) is installed on your PC
  • Crawler now auto-detects when Windows-1252 codepage is mislabeled as ISO-8859-1
  • Minor internal tweaks for Windows 10
  • Added delay timer for failed proxies

Version 5.0.0

  • Brand new Windows 10 Look and Feel
  • .NET 4.0 is now the required runtime (.NET 2.0 is no longer supported)
  • ExpressIndexer API has been updated
  • Added LinkHuggers integration
  • Crawler Delay is now used when checking of a page is indexed
  • Updated internal components to latest versions

Version 4.1.6

  • Added a new option to enable/disable case sensitivity in Anchor Text analysis
  • Improved performance when removing dead backlinks from a large project
  • Increased the max allowed “Resubmit to Indexer” limit from 100 days to 10,000 days
  • Added a new command-line option to allow automatic submission of backlinks that have “Unknown” indexed status
  • Updated crawler so that sites which no longer use SSLv3 can still be crawled

Version 4.1.5

  • Fixed a bug which could prevent Backlink Monitor from opening
  • When importing backlinks through Copy & Paste, URLs with a comma can now be enclosed in quotes for correct import

Version 4.1.4

  • Broken URL shortener URLs are now ignored
  • Updated “Delete” backlinks logic so that redirections are taken into account
  • Added Ahrefs v2 API support
  • Added “Copy > Links To” context menu item in results

Version 4.1.3

  • Updated API
  • Added OneHourIndexing API

Version 4.1.2

  • Fixed a bug that could cause Backlink Monitor to hang on some PDF documents
  • Added indexing service integration
  • Added new columns to the Anchor Text result tab
  • Moz API integration now supports Unicode URLs
  • Backlink Monitor now uses FIPS compliant code (for more restrictive environments)
  • Fixed report dialog layout so that it works better on high DPI displays
  • Added “Tier” column to main results
  • Backlink Monitor now detects projects as changed after submitting backlinks to indexing services
  • CSV data can now be pasted directly into the Backlink URLs list
  • Results now include the “Comment” from the original backlink entry
  • Fixed a handful of scheduler related issues
  • Reports can now be saved to Excel 2007 (XLSX) format

Version 4.1.1

  • Updated the user manual
  • Fixed various minor layout issues

Version 4.1.0

  • All APIs are now configured under “Settings | 3rd Party APIs…” (indexing services, Moz, Ahrefs, etc.)
  • Improved footprint editing interface; footprints can be reordered and edited in place
  • Added Alexa Rank checking
  • Domain PR, Page PR and Alexa Rank can now be independently toggled in Advanced Project Settings
  • Server Country is now reported in the Backlink details
  • MozRank data is now included in Backlink details (requires Moz API key)
  • Selection Tools has been modified to add new selectors for Moz and Alexa ranks
  • Backlink Monitor can now import backlinks from a text file when the scheduler runs (see scheduler wizard)
  • Backlink Monitor can now submit backlinks for indexing when the scheduler runs (see scheduler wizard)
  • Added Instant Link Indexer API integration
  • Minor layout changes for high-DPI monitors

Version 4.0.16

  • Added Incredible Indexer API integration

Version 4.0.15

  • Added API integration
  • Increased backlink API import limit to 1,000,000 (up from 10,000)
  • Added counter to “Log” tab
  • New project window now pops up on first run (rather than use “Default” project every time)

 Version 4.0.14

  • Fixed API Integration

Version 4.0.13

  • Fixed an issue with the scheduler on Windows Server 2008 and later.

Version 4.0.12

  • Changed PR options in the Selection Tool so that PR “N/A” can now be explicitly chosen
  • Changed the Selection Tool OBL filter so that “9999” now represents “unlimited” OBLs
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the hierarchy from displaying correctly
  • Improved human emulation in PR and Indexed check features (UA string is now randomized better)

Version 4.0.11

  • Adjusted the default column widths in the results so that all columns are visible by default
  • Reordered columns are now saved

Version 4.0.10

  • Added as a supported indexing service
  • Updated how URL shorteners are handled internally so that phantom backlinks no longer appear in the results
  • Added additional logging for “Page Error” results to help identify page loading issues
  • Added a “Logging Level” option to Advanced Project Settings (set to “Basic” for errors only)
  • Improved accuracy of Backlink Index check feature
  • Columns in result tables now automatically resize with window
  • Backlinks with unicode characters can now be added

Version 4.0.9

  • Improved performance of loading backlink hierarchy
  • Fixed blank CSV Anchor Text summary only report
  • Updated scheduler so that project name is included in logs
  • Project is now correctly detected as changed when new backlinks are imported

Version 4.0.8

  • Added support for indexing service
  • Backlink Monitor can now use either .NET 4.0 or .NET 3.5
  • Fixed some form scaling issues when using non-standard DPI in Windows
  • Added “Root” tier to Selection Tool drop down list
  • Custom categories can now be deleted
  • You can now set the number of backlinks to import from the SEOMoz API
  • Added the option to disabled cookies in Advanced Crawler Settings

 Version 4.0.7

  • Major reduction in CPU usage when crawling
  • When image backlinks are found the “alt” attribute is used for the anchor text (if available)
  • It’s now possible for force a PR and/or Index check update for broken backlinks by manually selecting them in the results and right-clicking
  • Fixed a bug that would prevent the report logo setting from saving correctly
  • Added “Sub-Select” option to Selection Tool which allows you to run a selection on the children of the currently selected backlinks
  • Added new default URL shortening services
  • Updated the report settings so that the PDF reports can be limited in hierarchy depth (prevents generating unnecessarily huge reports)
  • Added negative match for anchor text in Selection Tool
  • The #Date# and #Time# placeholders now work in the report filenames

 Version 4.0.6

  • Updated integration, should be more reliable when submitting a large number of backlinks
  • Added the ability to remove backlink details from the PDF report (and limit the hierarchy depth)
  • Fixed a case-sensitivity issue with index check
  • Internal changes to reduce memory consumption (and decrease startup time) for large projects
  • Added “” and “” to the list of default URL shortening services
  • Updated backlink detection method to be more robust on websites with severely malformed HTML
  • Fixed a bug that could cause URLs to not be followed correctly through URL shortening service in some cases
  • Fixed a bug in the Selection Tool that caused the “Last Submitted” filter to not work correctly

Version 4.0.5

  • Deleting backlinks from the hierarchy no longer deletes the child pages automatically (this could result in loss of legitimate links)
  • When projects are loaded the last save date is now shown in the status bar
  • Changed the CSV export so that the status text in the report match the application
  • Fixed an escaping issue in the CSV export that could cause the columns to become misaligned in Excel
  • Projects are now correctly flagged as modified when backlinks are removed

 Version 4.0.4

  • Updated Backlink Monitor to ignore the case of the hostname when generating the hierarchy
  • Added Xindexer integration
  • Changed Windows clipboard integration to avoid errors when trying to copy URLs
  • Fixed a bug that could trigger “417 Expectation Failed” error when updating Backlink Monitor through proxies

Version 4.0.3

  • Backlink Monitor will now use the “Crawler Delay” value to pace proxy usage if there are only a few proxies available (to prevent banning)
  • Fixed a bug that could cause proxies to be incorrectly detected as dead

Version 4.0.2

  • “Select Children” shortcut in hierarchy now works when multiple items are selected
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the scheduler to hang after successful run
  • Changed algorithm for checking PageRank to be more robust when using unreliable proxies
  • Fixed a bug that would trigger the error box to occasionally pop-up when generating the Backlink Hiearchy
  • Added a new optimization to minimize the number of “Not Shortest Path” results displayed
  • Various other internal enhancements

Version 4.0.1

  • Added new filters to Visualizer: Do-Follow/No-Follow and Indexed/Not Indexed
  • Changed PageRank checking algorithm, should correct issues with failed proxies hanging the PR check process
  • Changed the way the “Crawler Delay” option works, this is now domain specific, so a delay can be set and a single domain will not be flooded with requests.
  • Other minor bug fixes and adjustments

Version 4.0.0

  • Backlink Monitor now requires .NET 3.5
  • Backlink Monitor now tracks the date backlinks were added automatically (when you first load a project into version 4 it will report the current date because it’s starting to track that information now)
  • You can now add comments with your backlinks. If you paste backlinks (right-click), anything after the URL (separated by space or tab) will be the comment.
  • We’ve added a “Visualizer” tool window to show a graphical representation of your backlink profile. When you select a page in the hierarchy the visualizer will show you a graphical breakdown of the incoming links by Category, Anchor Text and PageRank. You can change your selection with the visualizer open and it will update in real-time.
  • BLM now tracks the date a page was first detected as indexed
  • BLM now tracks the date you last submitted a backlink for indexing (so you can see how long it takes to get indexed and avoid duplicate submissions)
  • BLM now detects backlinks in PDF documents
  • BLM can now follow redirection services like, so if your backlinks are embedded in a site that forces a redirection it can be tracked
  • Projects can be organized into folders
  • Backlink Hierarchy creation can be canceled (this useful if you have a huge project that you opened by mistake and want to abort)
  • Backlinks can now be imported from and/or (API keys required). See “Add… | Import from Web” on main toolbar.
  • Changes made to the Default Project Settings now affect all projects.
  • You can now specify the folder where projects are saved (useful for multiple user environments). See “Settings | Application Settings…”.
  • Backlink Monitor can now be paused and will automatically pause/resume if your PC suspends or hibernates
  • Added Backlink “Category”, value is now automatically detected based on Page/URL content (end user configurable).
  • Selection Tool can now select by last submitted or index date
  • A PDF report option is now available to create printer friendly reports

Version 3.4.7

  • Improved Lindexed integration for faster, more reliable submission

Version 3.4.6

  • Added as a supported indexing service
  • Updated proxy import to verify that port number falls in the valid range of ports
  • Added “Find in Backlink Hierarchy” option to Backlink Details context menu
  • Added “Select > All Children” to Backlink Hierarchy context menu
  • Fixed Anchor Text Summary sort order
  • Improved performance of the Backlink Hiearchy generation
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the UI to freeze during PageRank check

Version 3.4.5

  • Added a “Reset” button to the Selection Tool
  • Fixed number formatting to show thousand separator in a number of locations (1,234)
  • Added the ability to recheck selected Backlinks without rechecking everything (Backlink Details context menu)
  • Added “Indexed” column to Anchor Text Summary tab (shows the number of backlinks indexed with that anchor text)
  • Added “Delete Dead Backlinks” button to the main toolbar
  • Added confirmation prompts before deleting backlinks
  • Added option to select Backlink Detection Mode in Advanced Project Settings (see user manual for details)
  • Added “Broken Tier” status type
  • Internal tweaks to backlink hierarchy algorithm

Version 3.4.4

  • Fixed a handful of issues related to URLs containing Unicode
  • Added new Anchor Text analysis to Summary display (now includes analysis of generic anchor text, naked URLs and keyword anchor text)
  • Added new ability to test all proxies (very fast)
  • Added ability to “Paste” proxies from a variety of common proxy formats
  • Added the ability to export the Backlink Hierarchy to a CSV report (perfect for use with Pivot Tables in Excel)
  • Added “Ctrl-T” shortcut to open Selection Tool
  • Added a counter to the Backlink URLs list
  • Backlink Monitor now automatically checks for updates when starting

Version 3.4.3

  • Improved the performance of deleting dead backlinks
  • Minor bug fixes

Version 3.4.2

  • Updated delete behavior so that backlinks deleted from hierarchy or details view are also removed from the list of Backlink URLs

Version 3.4.1

  • Fixed check for Root URL before starting backlink checking process
  • Fixed a crashing error that could occur if loading a project with no Root URL defined

Version 3.4.0

  • Added index stats to email notification text
  • Improved link hierarchy analysis
  • Added integration with three indexing services
  • The number of selected rows is now shown in the status bar

Version 3.3.2

  • Added page indexed stats to Summary screen
  • Fixed various minor issues with the scheduler interface
  • Added backlink “Selection Tool” to allow highly specific selection of backlinks
  • Improved performance of link hierarchy generation (significantly faster and uses less memory)
  • Various minor bug fixes and internal improvements

Version 3.3.1

  • Fixed installer not uninstalling old version on upgrade
  • Fixed proxy import showing “dots” on field matching
  • Fixed hierarchy view selection behavior
  • Removed periodic delay from indexed check when proxies are used

Version 3.3.0

  • Added PageRank and Indexed checking
  • Added support for proxy servers (only used when checking PageRank and Indexed)
  • Updated context menus to provide enhanced functions for selecting links by tier and by anchor text
  • Various other bug fixes and enhancements

Version 3.2.6

  • GZip compression errors no longer show “Unexpected Error” window.
  • Invalid Additional Root URLs now display a friendly error message.

Version 3.2.5

Version 3.2.4

  • Backlink Monitor now automatically follows redirects, so shorted URLs can be added to the list of backlinks to check

Version 3.2.3

  • Fixed a bug that could cause some backlinks to not appear in the results if the page contains certain HTML errors

 Version 3.2.2

  • Fixed broken help shortcut

Version 3.2.1

  • Fixed bug in change history that would cause all links to appear as new, even after multiple crawls

Version 3.2.0

  • Initial Release