Hub Finder 3.0

My friend Mike just updated Hub Finder again. Version 3.0 now allows you to:

  • grab the top 10 search results from Google, Yahoo!, or both, and compare the backlink data.

  • highlight a result column using DHTML to make it easier to view potential hub pages that link at a specific resource

Additionally for those who download the source code you can adjust the settings such that you can view the co occuring backlinks from more / deeper than just the top 10 search results.

The other main features that may be worth adding are:

  • showing what postion a result ranked if it was pulled from an engine (G1 or Y3 for example); and

  • add a sum feature to show how many suspected hub links each authority page had.

One person, with a cool burrito blog no less, also suggested that I created a default ignore hub list for some common sites such as Geocities, but I think there are sometimes good pages on those sites (having once seen a freewebs page with natural PageRank 8 interior pages).

Do you guys think there should be a default list of sites to block? Or is it easy enough just to glance through?

Not sure how to set the default block list if I created one, but one mans hub is another mans scraper site :)

Scraper links may be an issue for many terms in some industries. Does allowing adjustable backlink depth setting work well enough at filtering those, or you do think there is a better way?

Published: August 24, 2005 by Aaron Wall in seo tools


July 12, 2006 - 9:40am

just found this tool and absolutely love it, but how about excluding dmoz sites

October 20, 2006 - 11:11am

It would be good to add a comment on the hub finder page that says how to interpret the results. I see x's and domain names but don't know what to make of that information. Maybe I'm stupid! Okay, so maybe we need 'hub finder for dummies'. ;o)

Keith Paulin
October 13, 2005 - 4:58am

It would be nice if links opened in a new browser, otherwise very cool.

November 30, 2006 - 2:48pm

I have noticed there is a big difference in the top 10 results compared to the SERPs when using the yahoo API. Is this the same for everyone or just me. Maybe its something to do with my location.

April 8, 2007 - 9:14am

same as previous post from 2 weeks ago, tool is NOT working

August 15, 2006 - 8:29pm

the tool is excellent, but needs a way of filtering out odp sites which pollute the listings, either this or the abilitty to add negative terms i.e. -"odp" -"open directory" -"dmoz"

August 24, 2005 - 8:44pm

Stop this insanity of giving away tools worth Tons of $ for Free - Stop it I say.

August 24, 2005 - 9:16pm

IMO, you should pass on the default block list. I've found some worthwhile hubs on Geocities, and Geocities web people seem to be the most responsive to adding links.

August 24, 2005 - 9:47pm

I really like it - very clean and straightforward. I did get pretty drastic differences for the top 10 resulting sites in Yahoo though than the tool - seemed a bit more than the normal variance, but anyhu great tool all-in-all!

A Reader
August 24, 2005 - 9:54pm

FYI, I've updated Hubfinder to 3.0 on the mirror at Cyclelicious and modified the PHP script to use my Google API key value.

Since HubFinder queries Google now, perhaps the title should be changed?

I'm thinking about modifying the source slightly in my mirror so that the pages open in a different browser window. Would that be more annoying to users? Since the links are dynamically generated, I suppose I could make it a checkbox on the form.

Besides the Google API support in 3.0, I also like the additional information provided in the introductory text.

August 25, 2005 - 1:24am

Hey, Aaron. I updated my mirror of Hub Finder to 3.0, too.

As I noted in the "Old" HF 2.0 thread, I modified my mirror to open links in a new window to reduce server load when users use the back button.

Can you email me (us mirror sites) when you update either Hub Finder or Link Harvester. I might have missed this update, because it was so soon after the last one. You are awesome! ;-)


March 22, 2007 - 4:20am

Can't seem to get it to work, keep getting a done with errors on page error. Love the book!

October 28, 2005 - 12:28pm

Test and at

I modified the scripts so that the result page links are opened in a new window.

January 20, 2006 - 2:11pm

Im a bit pussled over how to interpret the results, whitch site is the HUB? Is it the sites in the URL-listing to the rigth?

January 23, 2006 - 7:30pm

can you change the label of "start over" i keep clicking it and it deletes all of the info ive entered... also a cookie to remember my google API key.

December 12, 2006 - 2:05pm

how about comparing the results with the default google listing and removing these duplicate scraper site listings also removing DMOZ listings from the results as theyre just poluting what could be a great tool.

December 12, 2006 - 2:08pm

also using google API to display pagerank on Yahoo based listings (because yahoo is more comprehensive)

December 5, 2006 - 10:32pm

Hi Aaron,
I´d like to mirror your tool at my website, how can we do it ?


greg (not the G...
July 16, 2007 - 12:37pm

Hi... love all your free tools - but just wanted to check if it's broken because google are not handing out search API keys any more...?

November 18, 2008 - 5:14pm

I love the tool!!

Instead of a default block list why not create an exclusions form and allow users to enter their own exclusions... maybe give suggestions such as geocities, angelfire, wikipedia with check boxes?

November 18, 2008 - 8:42pm

That might be a good idea there lynkb8. :)

January 8, 2009 - 3:39am

hi guys,

i wanted to setup a mirror of this, but i can't seem to find the source code anywhere? all the links which say download it link back to but there's no download link (?)


January 8, 2009 - 3:57am

I stopped hosting the source code. Too many people were mirroring our tools, dropping the credit links, and then advertising competing services on tools that we paid to create...seemed a bit silly for me to fund the marketing distribution channels for competing services while those using our source code did not even have the courtesy to link back at our site.

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