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MajesticRank Explained.

Automatic Backlinks uses Majestic Trust & Citation Flow metrics to assure the quality of our backlinks. MajesticRank is a term used for a score calculated by Automatic Backlinks to replace the old Google PageRank system that many of our users may be familiar with.

Because Google no longer updates PageRank it no longer gives an accurate account of a website’s credibility. Majestic Trust & Citation Flow metrics are trusted by thousands of SEO professionals.

To find the Trust & Citation Flow scores for your website simply go to the Majestic website and paste your website’s URL into the search box at the top of the page. MajesticSEO is free to use.

To find the MajesticRank of any webpage you simply add the Trust Flow and Citation Flow together and divide by 20.

The picture above shows the Trust flow and Citation Flow from 2 different web pages. To get the MajesticRank for the two pages the calculation we use is TF+CF/20


So for the first page:
17/20= 0.85
The MajesticRank for this page is 0.85

For the second page:
The MajesticRank for this page is 3.15
In order to qualify for inclusion in the Automatic Backlinks network a page must have a Majestic Rank of 1 or above.

It is also important to note that the value of either TF or CF cannot be 0 in order to qualify. So a page with a TF of 20 & CF of 0 would not be accepted.

Since Automatic Backlinks only accepts pages with a minimum MajesticRank of 1 some users may initially be unable to earn any Link Credit by displaying links on their pages. However, you can still purchase Link Credit directly, by setting up a PayPal subscription to purchase Link Credit until your pages acquire MajesticRank.


Migration to in-text links completed


More than a year ago we stopped placing standard links without any surrounding text. Today most users have switched to the far better, more natural looking in text-links and we are now ready to complete the process.

The few remaining standard links on our system have now been converted into in-text links.

As a consequence you may find some fluctuations in your link credit balance during the next couple of days.

If your link credit becomes negative we recommend that you either manually start removing your least favorite backlinks now, or take out a Link Credit subscription in order to not loose any backlinks.

You may also find your link credit has increased, in which case ensure that your campaigns are not limited in budget, so that you can take advantage of the extra Link Credit when it is applied to your account.

This upgrade will benefit all users by guaranteeing that any links placed will look natural and be relevant to their websites, improving the quality of our network as a whole.

Migration to in-text links has been cancelled

After reviewing the impact that in-text link migration would have on some accounts we have decided to abandon the forced migration to in-text links and instead let it happen naturally. Here is what we will do instead:

Standard links will no longer be placed (already in effect)

Standard (non in-text) links will no longer be placed by Automatic Backlinks. Campaigns that have no in-text links will essentially be “paused”. We will implement better alerts for our users so that they fully understand the consequence of this and will probably remind those users via email from time to time.

New in-text links may push out existing standard links

If an in-text link (that takes two link spots) can not be placed on a page because one of the link spots is filled by an old standard link, the standard link will be removed to make place for the in-text link. This means that over time, in-text links will replace standard links. This priority placement only happens if there is one of two link spots available on the page.

Standard links will be removed first, if Link Credit balance is negative

Automatic Backlinks always tries to keep your Link Credit balance in zero. If you have a positive balance, it will try to reduce it by finding new links for you. If you have a negative balance it will eventually remove some of your backlinks. The news here is that we will now remove standard links before removing any in-text links.


The summary of the situation is that we are not going to rock the boat too hard with a forced migration at the moment, but instead will allow the system to slowly convert to in-text links. Perhaps it will take years for this conversion, but so be it.

The users who would like to stay as much in control as possible will have to manually upgrade their links to in-text links or risk loosing them.

Migration of account to In-text links

We wrote back in October about the new in-text links and how we would roll then out shortly. The process has taken a lot longer than we expected but we are now ready to migrate all remaining accounts to the new link format.

Starting August 1st we will start migrating accounts on a rolling basis and we expect to be through all accounts by the end of September.

Negative Link Credit Balance
In-text links take up twice the link spots and cost twice as much Link Credit. As a result, some accounts will end up with a negative Link Credit balance after the migration.

These accounts will be notified several times (via email) before the actual migration so they have time to take action by either removing the backlinks they do not care so much about or by increasing their Link Credit balance in anticipation.

If after the migration your account is in minus, our system will start removing backlinks until your Link Credit balance is positive. As always the system will value older links higher and remove the newest backlinks first.

We are migrating to in-text links for several reasons:

  • The text surrounding links can help make them have some context, which greatly increases the chance that search engines will consider it an “on topic” backlink
  • In-text backlinks appears much more natural to both search engines and people
  • Having fewer backlinks per page, makes each backlink better and also greatly reduces the risk of any search engine “discovering” the network

If you do not receive any email notifications from us then it means that your account is already converted or is not affected by this change.

If you have any questions or concerns about this migration please contact

All sites now accept in-text links

All member sites now accept in-text links. This is all part of our full conversion to in-text links. We are continually monitoring the conversion to in-text links and when we reach a certain % uptake, we will flick the switch and all remaining standard links will be converted to in-text links (with no surrounding text) and will thus start costing/earning the double amount of Link Credit. For this reason we encourage all users to convert all their links to in-text links as quickly as possible to avoid any unnecessary fluctuations in links and Link Credit when in-text links becomes the standard.



We have now stopped the placing of normal links for both new and existing campaigns, in favour of in-text links. Again we would urge all members to convert their standard links to in-text as soon as possible in order to make the best use of link credit.

How to proceed

It is very important that, for each campaign, you have changed at least one of the standard links variations to an In-Text link variation.

Go to Options, Edit Link Variations and add leading and/or trailing text to a link variation.


We recommend to use our Link Variation Builder to add multiple link variations at once.

These newly defined in-text link variations will only be used for new links. Existing links will remain unchanged. To change links already placed, click on View Backlinks and click on the orange button with an exclamation mark.



If you need further help or information, please, don’t hesitate to contact us.

In-text links on Automatic Backlinks

In-text links are a new type of link on Automatic Backlinks that we will gradually be rolling out and eventually entirely switching to. The main reason for this is to improve the effect of each link and to reduce the risk of being detected by the Google web spam team.

What is an in-text link?

An in-text link is a link that is surrounded by text before and/or after the actual clickable link. Currently Automatic Backlinks only supports “bare” links with no peripheral text around it.


Consider for example a travel agent based in Bali. Currently they might have the following link variations:

Using in-text links they can create the following backlinks:

This added text gives the link context and also makes it look more natural on the site. We believe these kinds of links are better for everyone and will result in even better ranking improvements.

In-text links and link credit

We realise that these new in-text links will take up more room on each page so we are limiting each page to hold only two in-text links. To compensate for this we are going to price in-text links at twice the current amount of link credit. At the same time we have limited the number of links we allow each page to host to 4 standard links or 2 in-text links.

Phasing out standard links

We believe so much in the in-text link that we will eventually and gradually be phasing out the standard links that we currently offer. Here is how we plan to roll everything out (subject to change).


  • All site owners are limited to accepting up to 4 links per page. This will not affect any existing links already placed, but should over time reduce the links per page as links beyond the 4th will not be replaced when removed

  • All new sites added to the system will only be able to accept in-text links

  • All existing sites can opt-in to accept the new in-text links

  • In-text link campaigns can be created and placed on participating sites

  • All existing backlinks can be edited on a page by page basis

  • If a site accepts in-text links, only that type of link is placed

Around November 15th

  • All existing sites will automatically start accepting in-text links

  • All link credit amounts will start being calculated half by PageRank and half by MozRank

  • We will start accepting pages with PageRank 0 but will continue to require MozRank 1 or above

  • All pages with more than 4 standard links will be reduced to 4

Around December 1st

  • All remaining standard links are converted to in-text links (with no surrounding text) and will thus start costing/earning the double amount of Link Credit

  • All sites will be reduced to showing a maximum of two in-text links

  • All link credit amounts will start being calculated solely by MozRank (rounded down)

What will it mean for me?

The above changes will affect all users in the system. We are confident that the changes will be better for everyone in the long run but are also aware that all change can be worrying so we are trying to ease any worries by being as transparent as possible and by detailing what you can expect below.

The effects for links on your site

  • You will eventually have fewer links on your pages and may earn slightly less link credit.

  • You will earn more link credit per link

  • You have a much lower risk of getting any penalty or warning from Google

  • New pages from your site will probably be added. Google has not updated PageRank for 6 months which means no new pages has been added to the system. By relying solely on mozRank we can now add those new pages.

The effect on backlinks

  • The overall SEO effect of each of your backlinks will increase tremendously

  • You will have fewer but better backlinks

  • Each backlink will have text before and after it which will help give it context even on unrelated web sites

  • You will run a much lowered risk of getting punished by Google for unnatural link building