Link Juice Recovery Tool (LJR)

The Link Juice Recovery Tool (LJR) supports you with familiar webmaster problems that probably have not yet been solved yet. Do you have links connected to dead sites in your domain? This tool provides you with a list of non-existing sites of certain domains and automatically generates templates for redirecting your home page that you only have to copy into your .htaccess. If necessary, you have to adjust to more suitable sub-pages.

Benefits of the LJR

  • Recover surprising amounts of link juice after a website relaunch
    The Link Juice Recovery Tool is the perfect tool to use after a website relaunch. It is used to find links that are linking to your site where there is no page. To recover the link juice the page can be recreated or a 301 redirect can be set up to redirect to the most relevant new page.

  • Recovering link juice after buying an expired domain
    If you buy an expired domain, you may have no idea about what backlinks it already has. By using the Link Juice Recovery Tool you can compile a list of URLs that are already linking to your domain. You could then load these into Link Detox in the ‘What-if’ mode* and see if they are worth keeping. If they are, you should either recreate the page or 301 redirect them to the most relevant new page.

  • Recovering link juice after a site migration
    If a site is moved from one domain to another, the previous good links will need to either be changed or redirected. You could use the Link Juice Recovery Tool to find the pages that have links on the old site and then redirect them to the pages on the new site.

  • Restore traffic
    A webmaster connected the wrong link to you and you cannot reach it anymore. If you want to save this traffic, you have to find the link and make the content available on this wrong address or redirect to the correct site.

  • Help with Inbound links 
    You have replaced old content and want to continue using the inbound links.

LJR Features

Using the LJR you quickly find non-existing pages and sub-pages. With a 301, 302 or any other redirect of your choice, you can forward and keep the Link Juice. This tool can easily revive expired domains. The tool works on a top-level domain basis.

Advanced Options

In the advanced options, you can use the following settings for LJR:

  • Repeat Report

This tool also supports bookmarklets.

Starting an LJR Report

Start an LJR Report from the start report dashboard.

1. Enter the name of the URL (domain or site) that you want to analyze.

2. Run report

Interpretation of the Results

1. The Report Information shows you the basic information about your report.

2. You can also filter by HTTP code.

3. LJR extracts all linking subpages of a domain and sorts them according to the failure code (404, 502, and so on).

4. The tool automatically generates a .htaccess configuration file that you can use on web servers running the Apache Web Server software. 

While the file gets generated automatically for a 301 redirection to the homepage you need to make sure that you redirect to a deep page because redirects to the homepage count as a soft-404 and do not pass link power and trust. Make sure that you find a relevant deep page with the same or a similar topic for the redirect.

You can also fix the pages that do no longer exist. All you need to do is publish a new page on the old URL. In this way, the old backlink will get a new link target. Older links have a higher validity in the search engines than brand new links.

Make sure you create a .htaccess file using a plain text editor that doesn't use word wrap. Some editors (such as Microsoft Word or Notepad with Word Wrap enabled) will insert special ASCII codes to signify a line break. Your .htaccess file will not work if it has these special characters in it.