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Link Redirect Trace


The all-in-one redirect path analyzer.

HTTP Headers, Rel-Canonicals, robots.txt, link power, trust and risk analyzed, too!

Perform advanced, comprehensive and most important correct analysis of links, redirects, and REL-canonicals. Use this extension for your SEO analysis, On page SEO, Off page SEO, competitor analysis and more.

See instantly if a hop if the page is blocked in robots.txt or X-Robots-Tags, has NOINDEX/NOFOLLOW tags on it or other technical issues like Bot-specific blocking. You can also see all cookies that are placed on each redirect hop. You can see the strength of each link and redirect page and analyze “LRT Power*Trust” (Power like Google PageRank and Trust like “Trust Rank” for each redirect hop.

Very soon you will be able to see the Link Detox Risk® for each hop in the redirect path, thus avoiding that you redirect a Google penalty to your site without knowing where it’s coming from.

This extension was built to replace all other “partial solution” extensions for redirects, canonicals, search engine indexation and HTTP header logging. Frankly each of those available did only a part (sometimes even wrong or incomplete), so we decided to build it right.

Having “LRT Link Redirect Trace” as an all-in-one solution to replace all other extensions means you get the full picture on every redirect. Test us in parallel to whatever you’re using and you’ll be surprised what you find, or better – what the existing extensions hid from you.

Full Description

Link redirection is a process where one URL gets forwarded to another URL. If a strange domain is redirecting to you, you should check this case in more detail and find out if this is a valuable website or if it is harming you.
Are looking for an efficient way to track redirects and headers while you’re browsing?

We built an All-In-One browser extension to help you trace any redirect that you can think of. Enter Link Redirect Trace.

Redirect tracing is something that everyone in Online Marketing and SEO should care about. A typical backlink profile usually includes redirects from other websites. There are several kinds of redirects, and each of them passes a different amount of Link Juice to Google.

The Link Redirect Trace extension allows you to check if your redirects are SEO-friendly or if they harm your website, by showing you:

•“standard” redirects in the HTTP header such as 301, 302, 303, 307, FAKE 307 and soon 308;
•Javascript redirects;
•single and multiple META Refresh redirects (also shows the refresh interval in the trace, i.e. “5 sec”);
•Rel-Canonical redirects: unique and multiple HTML HEAD Rel-Canonical and HTTP Header Rel-Canonical;
•Alert about blocking of Major Search Engines, or ALL bots;
•Alert about broken Rel-Canonical targets;
•View LRT Power*Trust for every link redirect hop – an SEO metric that allows you to determine the power and trustworthiness of any link;
•Analyzes robots.txt for every redirect hop;
•Analyzes HTML NoIndex, NoFollow per redirect hop;
•Analyzes the HTTP header X-Robots Noindex, Nofollow, NoArchive;
•Views full HTTP headers received for advanced users and developers;
•Shows cookies set for each redirect hop – understand those affiliate ad links;
•Highlights NoFollow links on the pages you browse;
•Detects if a redirect is cached by your browser and allows to cache-bust and get the real results from the server;
•Measures the time of a redirect hop and it shows you which redirect or URL shortener slows down user experience.

Here are some of the things you can use the Link Redirect Trace plugin for:
•check and find problems in your On page SEO
•check and find problems in your Off page SEO (incoming links)
•check your competitor’s links
•check your affiliate links – understand who’s setting which cookie
•understand the full redirect chain and reduce the hops if possible for faster load times
•check your links after a website migration or redesign
•check if a shortened URL points to a dangerous website
•trace a hacker website redirect
•track links from advertising and affiliate networks

If you want to test us, go install the “single solutions” that we all improve upon and fully replace. Then go test us side-by-side and let us know what’s missing at [email protected]

•HTTP Headers (an extension only for HTTP headers, useful for developers, but missing the “SEO angle”)

•Redirect Path (nice extension, but doesn’t incorporate any of the other aspects, nor does it combine redirects with rel-canonicals, indexation and other advanced combinations and special cases)

•Seerobots (doesn’t use canonicals at all, the last update in 2013)

•Canonical (started out nice, but we found out it doesn’t even support HTTP Headers, nor handles special cases, blocking, etc.)

Warning: if you decide to install those extensions above, sometimes 3 years outdated, then you will NOT get the full functionality that “Link Redirect Trace” provides, especially not the strength, trust and risk analysis for each link. We listed the above to inspire you to benchmark us, challenge us and give us feedback on particular cases that we might have missed, because we think each of the above did a great job at the time, but don’t help enough for the big picture or may be outdated by now.


If you need help or have feedback we have a peer support
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BETA 0.8.5 release updates:
•Feature: Support for the new “Shortlink” feature that shows certain short links that can be seen as another type of REL-Canonical as well by search engines;
•Feature: Canonicals are now also shown in the tooltip and app icon for even more efficient diagnosis;
•Speed improvements;
•Bug fixes: edge case problems with robots.txt, caching and clipboard to excel export function fixed.

BETA 0.9.0 release update:
•Save screenshot feature: we added a “Save screenshot” button that allows you to capture complex redirect chains and share with your co-workers quick and easy.

BETA 0.9.1 release update:
•Screenshots fixed for 4k displays

BETA 0.9.2 release update:
•Improved handling for Fake 307s
read more about the 307s that “are a lie by Chrome”

BETA 0.9.3 release update:
•More Improved handling for Fake 307s and Real 307 that were detected as fake sometimes

BETA 0.9.4 release update:
•Added a new metric that shows the number of backlinks for every page. The LinkResearchTools users can see all the backlinks in great detail by starting a Quick Backlinks (QBL) report, right from the toolbar, with a single click.

BETA 0.9.5 release update:
•Added GeoIP information.

BETA 0.9.6 release update:
We added a secret link to more cool extensions by LinkResearchTools.
•Added GeoIP information.

BETA 0.9.7 release update:
We fixed the on-click copy to clipboard issue.

BETA 0.9.8 release update:
We enhanced the robots.txt parsing.

BETA release update:
Try LinkResearchTools button.

BETA release update:
Fixed issues with Jira login.

BETA release update:
Fixed issues with double rel-canonicals, exports and cut off extension popup. Added support for self-referencing canonical.

BETA release update:
JIRA changed their login again, we implemented another fix – sorry for the inconvenience.

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