The Rise, Fall, & Future


Linktree’s natural progress has been spectacular over the previous few years, however its natural visitors has dipped just lately. What’s modified?

Let’s discover out.

Linktree's homepage

Linktree says it has over 35 million customers. 

It constructed its model by making a platform the place content material creators can share a number of hyperlinks to their social media accounts or web sites by means of a single bio web page.

In accordance with Ahrefs’ Website Explorer, the web site receives ~2.7 million month-to-month natural visitors and has a Area Ranking (DR) of 93, making it a high-authority website.

Overview of, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

The thought behind Linktree isn’t new—web sites like began providing comparable merchandise a number of years in the past. 

Linktree grew quicker than these platforms, although, as soon as influencers started utilizing it as their most well-liked hyperlink within the bio.

For instance, right here’s The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, linking to his Linktree account on a serious social community—Instagram. 

Example of a celebrity Linktree profile, via

And right here’s what his Linktree profile seems to be like.

Example of a celebrity Linktree profile

We will see that this content material is evident and properly offered. 

However it’s price noting that there are solely six hyperlinks to The Rock’s urged websites, a profile photograph, and a few social media hyperlinks—there’s simply not a lot right here. And any such content material types the majority of Linktree’s pages.

Linktree’s power is that it solves a ache level of social media for a lot of content material creators—you’ll be able to solely have one hyperlink on most social media networks.

One other power is that you just don’t should be a techie to arrange a profile, making it enticing to social media influencers. 

And as you’ll be able to see from the screenshots, Linktree has spent a variety of time making certain the design and person expertise are good.

Now that we all know a bit about Linktree, let’s take a look at its natural visitors in Ahrefs’ Website Explorer.

To do that, I’ve entered Linktree’s area into the search bar, scrolled right down to the overview, and chosen “Avg. natural visitors.”

We will see the natural visitors rise and fall. Let’s take a look at the rise first.

Linktree's organic traffic performance, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

The location had a bump in natural visitors round March–April 2020. The visitors peak was in August 2022, reaching ~6.5 million.

What’s driving the visitors?

If we take a look at the positioning within the High pages report in Website Explorer, we are able to begin to perceive the place the visitors is coming from. 

Let’s begin with the fundamentals—we are able to see that the web site has a weblog. 

Blog highlight, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

We will isolate weblog articles utilizing a “URL” filter containing /weblog/.

"URL" filter to isolate blog keywords, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

Doing this reveals that the weblog has ~500 pages and drives 76,100 natural visitors—a fraction of the general visitors. 

So let’s proceed investigating.

One other standard folder within the High pages report has /s/ within the URL. Let’s see what sort of pages we are able to discover.

/s/ pages with "URL" filter, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

The /s/ folder pages are basic pages explaining Linktree and its companies. 

These pages drive barely extra visitors than the weblog at ~117,000. However once more, it’s not that a lot.

If we take away all of the filters, return to the High pages report, and click on the August 22, 2022, efficiency graph, we are able to see the most well-liked pages throughout this era. 

Maybe, unsurprisingly, many of the high pages look like Linktree customers’ profile pages. 

If we take a look at the Website construction report in Ahrefs’ Website Explorer, we are able to affirm this. 

Site structure report, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

Most person profiles comply with this format: And we are able to see, utilizing this report, that many of the visitors is coming from the house folder.

The homepage can also be standard. Right here, 22.7% of the visitors goes to it. 

Removed pages highlight, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

Extra curiously, although, the entire highlighted high pages—or person profiles—have been taken down by Linktree as a result of “inappropriate use of the service.” 

When clicking on these URLs in Ahrefs, I get the picture beneath on Linktree.

Removed profile, via Linktree

This small pattern of pages exhibits that these profiles collectively drove nearly as a lot natural visitors because the homepage.

Up to now, we’ve checked out Linktree’s rise. However why has its natural visitors dropped so a lot?

To grasp this, we are able to evaluate the height of Linktree’s natural visitors to the current to see the extent of the banned profiles’ impression on natural visitors. 

I’ve added a “Evaluate” filter in Ahrefs’ Website Explorer to indicate the extent of the loss.

Traffic comparison, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

Utilizing the “Evaluate” filter, we are able to see two issues: 

  1. The lack of the highest traffic-driving profiles has resulted in considerably decrease visitors to the website.
  2. A lot of the eliminated person profiles are from Indonesia.

Visitors by nation evaluation 

To have a look at the entire web site’s visitors, we are able to take a look at “Visitors by nation” in Website Explorer.

Traffic by country, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

We will see that Indonesia has by far probably the most vital drop, adopted by the US.

If we click on on Indonesia in Website Explorer’s Overview report, it is going to replace the natural visitors graph to solely present the natural visitors from that nation.

Indonesian traffic rise and fall, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

This graph exhibits that the Indonesian market is primarily answerable for the rise and fall in natural visitors throughout the website. 

So what occurred?

My principle: dangerous (now eliminated) person profiles had been driving probably the most visitors

Though it’s not clear at this stage why the highest profiles had been banned, it’s noticeable that many of the remaining high traffic-driving profiles are sharing NSFW hyperlinks.

For instance, right here’s what the best traffic-driving, non-banned person profile seems to be like:

Example of an NSFW Linktree user profile, via Linktree

The vast majority of hyperlinks listed below are for 18+ NSFW content material. (My guess is that that is most likely not what Linktree desires to be identified for.)

Returning to the comparability we ran earlier, we are able to see that one of many high key phrases is “kinghorsetoto.” 

Example of a high-traffic user profile on Linktree that's now removed, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

Let’s cautiously Google this phrase to see what comes up. 

Indonesian casino site that was in the top traffic drivers list for Linktree

Effectively, it’s an Indonesian on line casino website. Given the area of interest, it’s attainable the positioning violated Linktree’s neighborhood requirements.

After one other search on Google, I found this Vice article, which urged that Linktree eliminated intercourse staff from the web site in early 2022. 

The explanation for the ban is defined beneath:

Per our firm’s insurance policies, the Linktree accounts banned stemmed from sharing a URL which violated Neighborhood Requirements by sharing commercials for the sale of real-life sexual companies. 

Marlene Bonnelly

This ties in with our dates, so it’s attainable that these banned profiles are a mixture of intercourse staff’ profiles and anybody else who jeopardizes Linktree’s model security, like our Indonesian on line casino website instance.

In accordance with the Vice article, Linktree was standard with intercourse staff as a result of their content material might usually be faraway from web sites with out warning, which means {that a} third-party website like Linktree would allow them to have a number of backups if their content material was eliminated.

In addition to the mass elimination of high-traffic person profiles, there additionally appears to be a correlation with the August 2022 Useful Content material Replace.

August 2022 Helpful Content Update, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

Now we have seen above that almost all of Linktree’s pages are hyperlinks to different locations, with what’s, on most pages, minimal content material.

Though this content material serves the aim of serving to you get from A to B, it could be attainable that Google feels this doesn’t fall beneath its definition of “useful content material.”

Room for enchancment in web optimization

We’ve checked out among the greater elements that might be answerable for Linktree’s current fall in visitors, however what’s its web optimization like?

For my part, it seems to be like Linktree may benefit by enhancing its web optimization fundamentals.

Listed here are a number of examples of issues that might be improved:

First, trying on the homepage with Ahrefs’ web optimization Toolbar, I discovered that Linktree seems to not have a sitemap.xml file (on the time of writing).

Missing sitemap.xml file, via Ahrefs' SEO Toolbar

Second, navigating over to the /templates web page, you’ll be able to see that it’s utilizing relative URLs for its canonicals.

Relative canonical tag, via Ahrefs' SEO Toolbar

Though there may be nothing technically fallacious right here, it’s not often thought-about greatest apply to make use of relative URLs in canonicals, and this has been confirmed by Google’s John Mueller.

Third, clicking across the menu, we are able to see the /market web page lacks a canonical tag fully. (This might be by design, but it surely appears somewhat odd to me if that’s the case.)

 Missing canonical tag, via Ahrefs' SEO Toolbar

Additionally, the “Uncover” menu hyperlinks to pages with “noindex, nofollow.”

Linktree's "Discover" menu

We will affirm this if we use the web optimization Toolbar.

Example of "noindex, nofollow," via Ahrefs' SEO Toolbar

Setting a web page to “noindex, nofollow” implies that all search engines like google received’t be capable to index this web page. Once more, it’s not significantly apparent why it did this.

It’s clear there are a number of points to have a look at right here on a fast spot-check. But when we needed to find all of this website’s points, we would want to run an audit utilizing Ahrefs’ Website Audit

Prioritizing design over web optimization?

When it comes to the appear and feel of the positioning, it’s clear that Linktree has put a variety of effort into this facet. 

The location seems to be nice. The design could have even impressed Clever’s most up-to-date redesign. (Sadly, although, Google doesn’t rank websites based mostly on the standard of the design.)

Linktree's vs. Wise's design
Spot the distinction.

The longer term for Linktree when it comes to natural visitors feels unsure in the intervening time. However with a bit of labor on the web optimization fundamentals, it might be improved.

Elevated competitors

One other issue to contemplate is that Linktree will face elevated competitors from massive social networks. For instance, just lately, Instagram has added assist for as much as 5 hyperlinks within the bio.

Meta links in profile, via

Though this doesn’t destroy Linktree’s enterprise mannequin, it could imply it loses some customers who really feel safer staying inside the Instagram ecosystem.

Saying that, it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Linktree Tiktok workers that Meta remains to be utilizing a Linktree in its bio.

One other issue to contemplate is its smaller rivals—there are a lot of of them now:


Most provide an identical service to Linktree, so it should differentiate itself from its rivals shifting ahead, for my part.

How anxious ought to or not it’s about these smaller rivals? In the mean time, not a lot. 

If we put a few of them into Website Explorer’s Natural rivals report, we are able to see that Linktree is approach forward of those smaller rivals when it comes to natural visitors and natural visitors worth.

Organic competitors report, via Ahrefs' Site Explorer

In the case of different advertising and marketing channels, we are able to see it already has an lively presence on TikTok. This can be thought-about extra necessary to its enterprise than web optimization.

However saying that, on the time of writing, it seems that Linktree is seeking to rent a brand new senior web optimization strategist. So it’s conscious of the necessity for web optimization.

SEO strategist job ad, via Linktree

Possibly a renewed give attention to web optimization is on the playing cards for the longer term? 

Last ideas

web optimization is a humorous outdated world. Once I began this case examine, I didn’t count on to be writing about intercourse staff and Indonesian on line casino web sites. However right here we are.

Linktree’s web optimization wants a little bit of a spring clear. However as we’ve seen, the principle fall in visitors is probably going self-inflicted and because of the elimination of “high visitors” person profiles.

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