Well its been a lot of hard work but v1.0 of my web based ILQ Rating Tool, ILQ Directory Search Tool, and my Firefox ILQ Rating Extension are finished.
You can find these tools at www.seocompay.ca in the first starter block.
Web Based Tools
FireFox ILQ Rating Extension This extension shows the number of dir.yahoo, dmoz.org, .edu, and .gov inbound links a web site has. It also shows the sites age, the daily Alexa (this will be changed to 3 month average), and will show the PR in the next version. You can turn any or all of the values off.
Here is what the FF extension looks like:
Here is the extension options:
You can download the extension here:
Short primer on ILQ.
What is ILQ?
ILQ stands for Inbound Link Quality. It is a measurement based on points given for each dir.yahoo, dmoz.org, .edu, and .gov link. ILQ gives you an indication of the quality of inbound links a web site has.
How does the point system work?
dir.yahoo links get 1 point, dmor.org links get 30 points, .edu links get 45 points, and .gov links get 67 points.
What was your reasoning behind the points values?
A submission to dir.yahoo gets you on the average 15 links. As a dir.yahoo link has the lowest Trustrank weight of the four types of links the ILQ tools messures I gave each dir.yahoo link one point. Next on the list for Trustrank is dmoz.org links.
While getting a link from DMOZ to your own site gives you good ranking juice its not quite the same when you look at getting links from sites that have one or more DMOZ inbound links. I valued the Trustrank transfered from a site that has one dmoz link as twice the value of the Trustrank transfers from a site that has 15 dir.yahoo links or what I would consider the average dir.yahoo submission so each DMOZ link is given 30 points.
I calculated that a .edu link transfers 1.5 times the Trustrank a DMOZ link does when you are getting a link from a site that has .edu and DMOZ links so I gave each .edu link 45 points. Last I calculated that a .gov link transfers 1.5 times the Trustrank a .edu link does so a .gov link was given the value of 67.
Are you suggesting that ILQ is a better measurement than Pagerank (PR) is for a value of a link?
Yes I am! Pagerank is broken and doesn't look like it can be fixed. High PR can be bought where ILQ for the most part has to be earned. While you can buy 15 ILQ points by purchasing a dir.yahoo submission, addition links from dir.yahoo have to be won based on quality not on the amount of money you have.
The same with DMOZ links. While there may be a few corrupt DMOZ editors that will add your site to DMOZ for a favor, most people that try to go this route get there sites blacklisted from offering a bribe to the wrong person. While there are some lower quality sites in DMOZ when a site gets numerous links from DMOZ this almost always indicates the site is a high quality site.
With .edu links there are a few ways to “buy” .edu links (like helping out a student with there education costs in exchange for them reviewing your site on there home page) but for the most part .edu links are given based on the quality of the site.
When it comes to .gov links there is almost no way to “buy” one hence these links have highest Trustrank.
How can high Pagerank be bought?
People go out and buy high PR links and point them at a site and artificially boast the Pagerank of their site. They can produce a PR5 or PR6 site very easy with bought links and then sell the links on that site for $20 to $50 a month. The ranking weight that a site like this passes could be little or none. It is not always easy to tell if a site has gotten there PR naturally or with money. This is one of the main problems with using Pagerank as a guide for the value of having a link from a site.
Edited by bobmutch, 26 May 2006 - 02:59 PM.