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Guide: Using Ahrefs with Databox

Explore how to connect and visualize your Ahrefs data in Databox Analytics.


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.

Which Ahrefs plans have API access? 

The use of Ahref's API is based on your Ahref's subscription. Only paying Ahrefs customers can access the API and sync data with Databox. 

Learn more about Ahref plans and pricing here

What's the maximum amount of historical data initially available when you use a new Ahrefs Metric in Databox?

When you connect a new Ahrefs Data Source in Databox, no historical data is initially synced. Data is synced for the Metrics that are being used in your Account, so when you first use a new Ahrefs Metric, data will start to sync. 

Certain Metrics may have more or less historical data available. For example, Metric "Referring Domains by New vs Lost" has 36 months of historical data available once it is being used in your Databox account. 

For more information about the amount of historical data available for a specific Metric, please contact our Support Team at help@databox.com.

Pro Tip:  In order to start syncing data for a Metric, you can add it to your Metrics screen, use it in a Scorecard, set a Goal around it, create an Alert for it, or add it to a Databoard. Learn more here

The amount of historical data you're able to sync in Databox is dependent on your Databox plan. Learn more here.

What time zone does Ahrefs data sync in? 

Ahrefs data is synced in UTC. 

How often does Ahrefs data sync?

All Ahrefs Data Sources will sync once a day with Databox. 

The reason for this sync schedule is due API rows are being charged inside Ahrefs. 

If you're interested in lowering your Ahrefs costs, you can reduce the sync frequency further to once per week or once per month. Please contact help@databox.com for more information.

How to access pre-built Ahrefs Templates

  1. Navigate to  Databoards > Public Templates
  2. In the Data Source drop-down list, select Ahref
  3. To view a preview of the Template populated with dummy data, click Preview
  4. To pull the Template into your Account and re-populate it with your own Ahrefs data, click Use Template
  5. 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

How to build a Databoard using Ahrefs data


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.

How to build a Databoard

  1. Navigate to  Databoards > + New Databoard > Start Blank 
  2. Click on the Metric  Library icon on the left-hand side of the Designer
  3. Select the appropriate Ahrefs Account from the Data Source drop-down list in the Metric  Library
  4. View the list of pre-built Ahrefs Datablocks in the Metric  Library. Drag and drop your selected Datablock onto your Databoard   
  5. If a pre-built Datablock isn't available for your use case, click on the  Visualization Types icon under the Metric Library icon
  6. View the list of Visualizations available in Databox. Drag and drop your selected Visualization onto your Databoard
  7. Click on the Datablock on the Databoard to open the corresponding Datablock Settings on the right-hand side of the Designer
  8. Select the appropriate Ahrefs Data Source and Metric in the right-hand Datablock Settings. This will update the Datablock, and it will populate the Datablock with the corresponding data
  9. Complete steps 4-8 until your Databoard is complete

Additional Information


Metric Consideration

  • All Metrics by Dimensions returns top 50 results for a selected metric. E.g. Metric ''Backlinks by Referring Domain'' will return the top 50 referring domains.  

API Limitations

  • Currently, only live backlinks are accessible from Ahrefs API. Therefore, "Backlinks" Metrics include data only for live backlinks.