Google Webmaster Tools on steroids

I love Google Webmaster Tools, especially when it started showing external links. This link overview left me and quite a lot of other SEO’s longing for more though, as we all wanted more info on that page. I have now created a Greasemonkey script to show the PageRank of the page linking to you, and the anchor text used for the link.

The script also checks if the link is by any chance nofollowed, and gives you a warning when it is. It does the same when it doesn’t find the link. Check it out: GWT External Links++!

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38 Responses

  1. SergiBy Sergi on 12 March, 2007

    Great tool!
    Tested it, works wonderfully.
    The anchor and “not found” features are great,
    thanks a lot.

  2. RxbbxBy Rxbbx on 12 March, 2007

    Nice.. usefull..

    PS: what happend to the technorati tool? Any updates?

  3. André ScholtenBy André Scholten on 12 March, 2007

    Very, very, very cool script Joost.

  4. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 12 March, 2007

    Thx guys :) I’ll be updating some small things soon.

  5. Gerard van EnkBy Gerard van Enk on 12 March, 2007

    Indeed it is a very useful tool! Thanks Joost.

  6. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 12 March, 2007

    I’ve just updated the script, now handles single frame sites correctly as well, displays alt text when it’s an image link and handles non-www links as well when you have a like domain.

  7. bramBy bram on 12 March, 2007

    Hi Joost!

    It appeares to be a great script, but unfortunately, I couldn’t test it because I don’t know how to install it. Could you give some more information about how we should install the script?



  8. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 12 March, 2007

    Hey Bram,

    ga hierheen en installeer greasemonkey, restart firefox, en ga dan hierheen om het script te ionstalleren. Succes!

  9. WilcoBy Wilco on 12 March, 2007

    Thanks a lot Joost!

    It’s really helpfull :-)

  10. ClaudiusBy Claudius on 12 March, 2007

    Hey man, this is a really cool tool. Before I didn’t wanna get GreaseMonkey – but I did just so I can your your scripts!

    They work great! :) Thank you!

  11. ClaudiusBy Claudius on 12 March, 2007

    Oh, just noticed something, some sites don’t use a rel=”nofollow”, they use rel=”external nofollow” so it doesn’t show up in orange.

  12. petraBy petra on 13 March, 2007

    Very impressive!
    This is going to be downloaded a lot. There is a post about the script at

    Thanks a lot Joost.


  13. Marketing w InternecieBy Marketing w Internecie on 13 March, 2007

    Great script! I created broad description of your script for polish community at


  14. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 13 March, 2007

    Thx all you guys! Loving the great feedback :)

  15. FrankBy Frank on 15 March, 2007

    Hey Joost,

    Like the other guy I installed greasemonkey just to use your script and its awesome, cheers!

  16. Eduard BlacquièreBy Eduard Blacquière on 16 March, 2007

    Great work! Compliments!

  17. JimBy Jim on 16 March, 2007

    This is a great tool. I can see now that my external linking is a real mess. All different kinds of anchor text, some of it is pretty dumb, like the word “web” separated from the word “site”. And I see clearly what pages are being linked at, revealing more areas for improvement.

    Joost, Any idea of how I could download all of this good information, similar to the Google buttons at the bottom of the page, but with the anchor text? I really should sort this all out and correct my anchor text situation.

    I found the tool and posted on Aaoron’s site, but didn’t know if you are still checking his bog.

    Many thanks.

  18. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 16 March, 2007

    Thx all, Jim: you’re able to export the data from Google, and I’ll be building a tool which get’s the same info as this script when you input the csv you get from Google.

  19. JimBy Jim on 16 March, 2007

    I will look forward to seeing all that great data in my spread sheet one day. Fantastic!

    I am not clear on the meaning of the “link not found” text. I clicked on it, visited the referring site and there is a link and it works. I must be missing something. No one else has asked this.

  20. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 16 March, 2007

    Could you show me the case? Might be that the link is a redirect :)

  21. ogletreeBy ogletree on 18 March, 2007

    It is telling me that most of my links don’t exist. When I click on the link I find my backlink there. It seems to have a real problem with

    This link is in my webmaster tools for the url

    I have a link near the bottom of the SEW page and the script does not find it.

  22. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 18 March, 2007

    David, if I send you a newer version, could you try if that works?

  23. daveBy dave on 18 March, 2007

    Hey Joost,

    GREAT TOOL ! But I do have the same problem as David. In some cases it show no link while there is a link… Can You send me the newer version as well ? Thxs!


  24. OOPSY,
    the links gone bad :(



  25. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 28 May, 2007

    Hi Omer, I’ve removed some of your links, as this is a, as you are no doubt aware, no-nofollow blog, i tend to check carefully on what I link out to, and if that adds value for my readers. Your links unfortunately aren’t worth anything to my readers as they are in Hebrew, so I’ve removed them.

  26. o.k , sorry , no problem :)
    i hope soon ill translate the website to english.

  27. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 28 May, 2007

    Good :)

  28. Adam BoultonBy Adam Boulton on 13 June, 2007

    Hi Joost,

    Any news when the excel plugin will be ready? I would love to be able to download the PR, anchor text etc into a excel spreadsheet :)

    Cheers for the script, its awesome.

  29. JimBy Jim on 13 June, 2007


    I just want to add to the roar or fan support for your plugin and cheer on the development of the download capability. That would be dynamite!



  30. GooHackleBy GooHackle on 8 November, 2007

    There’s an error in Google Webmaster Tools, exactly in the “external links” option…

    In this article explains it: Error in Google Webmaster Tools

    Also there is a online tool to count and view the real amount of pages that links to any site: Who links to me

  31. Kimber CookBy Kimber Cook on 29 November, 2007

    hi joost. i found out about this script on the big seomoz thread going on. i’m not sure if i’m doing something wrong or what’s going on but i am only getting the additional information from your script on the 1st page of links showing in gwt. how can i get this super helpful info to show up for all of my links in gwt? from what i’ve seen so far i love it and want more of it.

  32. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 2 December, 2007

    For all those still subscribed to this thread :) I’ve just updated the script, it should work again now, I’ll be working on it a bit more, but I appreciate any and all bug reports!

  33. Code4GoldBy Code4Gold on 15 December, 2007

    What a totally cool script. I didn’t know about Greasemonkey, let alone this script but after using it I’ve been telling everyone I know about it. Just one more reason to love Firefox !!

    Thanks Joost !!

  34. Wonen in DuitslandBy Wonen in Duitsland on 12 June, 2008

    Lekker hoor, Nice script.

  35. kenyBy keny on 1 September, 2008


    just installed and tested. First made a install page i will be so much simple.

    Next a foud a bug. If you switch page before the script have finish displayed information. script stop to word and we need to reactivate the script. I was displayed 100 per page for info.

    Next bug since that no PR is display,

    Questions : where you take your PR since alot of page was wrong the was displayed PR-2 and google bar PR-0 maybe it will be the next one ?.

    Suggetion remove the nofollow here ! :-)

  36. JackBy Jack on 19 October, 2008

    Sounds interesting, Going to install this right now and see how it works, Although most of these tools that are supposed to show Pr never actually have done, Would like to see this one work.

  37. JackBy Jack on 19 October, 2008

    Dam, I cant edit my above post but this extension is GREAT, Nice work. Cred to the creators!