Guide: Using Ahrefs with Databox


How to connect Ahrefs to Databox


How to connect Ahrefs to Databox

To connect an Ahrefs Account in Databox, go to  Data Manager > + New connection. Type Ahrefs in the search bar and click on the green Connect button. This will open the Activation window.

To fill out the necessary fields, we must define the Domain and Mode for our Ahrefs Account. 

Enter the target domain that you want to track in the Domain field. Results may differ if you enter your domain with or without "www." 

Enter the mode of operation in the Mode field. Mode options are "Exact," "Domain," "Subdomains," or "Prefix." If you enter exact, the exact URL is used. If you enter domain, the domain without subdomains will be used. If you enter subdomains, the domain with all of its subdomains will be used. Lastly, if you enter prefix, the domain with all of its subdomains and a specified path will be used. 


Learn more about Modes and how to effectively use them when adding a URL or domain here.

How much historical data is synced when you first connect Ahrefs to Databox?

When you connect a new Ahrefs Data Source in Databox, no historical data is initially synced. 

Pro Tip: Once your Ahrefs Data Source is connected and actively syncing data, we store the data that's collected in our own database. This allows us to accumulate more data over time as more data syncs are made so that you can report on more historical Ahrefs data in your Databox reports. Learn more here

What time zone does Ahrefs data sync in? 

Ahrefs data is synced in UTC. 

How often does Ahrefs data sync?

For all Databox Accounts, Ahrefs data syncs once a day.

Which Ahrefs plans have API access? 

The use of Ahref's API is based on your Ahref's subscription. Because of this, only paying Ahrefs customers to access the API and sync data with Databox. 

Learn more about Ahref plans and pricing here

How to access pre-built Ahrefs Templates

 Navigate to the  Templates page
 In the Data Source drop-down list, select Ahrefs
 To view a preview of the Template populated with dummy data, click Preview
 To pull the Template into your Account and re-populate it with your own Ahrefs data, click Use Template
 Select the appropriate Ahrefs Data Source from the drop-down list to complete the process. The Databoard will be re-populated with data from the selected Ahrefs Account and can be found on the  Databoards page
Pro Tip: Once the Databoard is available on the Databoards page, it is completely disconnected from the public Template. Therefore, you can further customize this Databoard to meet your specific needs using the Designer.

Popular Ahrefs Templates

Ahrefs (Website Audit) Ahrefs: Project Overview

This Template highlights search ranking factors like your backlink profile, domain rank, referring domains, and more.
Track and visualize important search ranking factors like your backlink profile, domain rank, referring domains, and split them by your projects. Make sure to connect all your tracked websites and add them to this dashboard.

How to build a Databoard using Ahrefs data

 Navigate to  Databoards > + New Databoard > Start Blank
 Click on the Datablock Library icon on the lefthand side of the Designer
 Select the appropriate Ahrefs Account from the Data Source drop-down list in the Datablock Library
 View the list of pre-built Ahrefs Datablocks in the Datablock Library. Drag and drop your selected Datablock onto your Databoard    

 If a pre-built Datablock isn't available for your use case, click on the  Visualization Types icon under the Datablock Library icon

 View the list of Visualizations available in Databox. Drag and drop your selected Visualization onto your Databoard
 Click on the Datablock on the Databoard to open the corresponding Datablock Settings on the righthand side of the Designer
 Select the appropriate Ahrefs Data Source and Metric in the righthand Datablock Settings. This will update the Datablock and it will populate the Datablock with the corresponding data
 Complete steps 4-8 until your Databoard is complete

Popular Ahrefs Metrics

Referring Domains Domain Rating Backlinks

Referring Pages Ahrefs Rank Returning Domains: New vs Lost

View a full list of Ahrefs Metrics available in Databox here.

Additional Information

  • For all Databox Accounts, Ahrefs data syncs once a day.
  • Currently, only live backlinks are accessible from Ahrefs API. Therefore, "Backlinks" Metrics only include data for live backlinks. 
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