How do I connect Klipfolio and Ahrefs?

You can set up a connection between Klipfolio and your Ahrefs data to display your SEO metrics on a dashboard.

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What options do I have for visualizing my Ahrefs data?

Create data visualizations based on pre-built options or build your own. The choice is yours!

Pre-built by Klipfolio

Take advantage of our pre-built data sources to gather the data most meaningful to you.

  • Ahrefs pre-built data sources: Data sources provide the foundation for Klip building, so we suggest you create a data source as a first step (before building Klips and adding them to your dashboard). Our pre-built data sources focus on the most sought-after Ahrefs data and are found on the Service Connectors page, available from this link or from the Library. When you select a service connector from this page, the data source for that service is automatically added.

Custom-built by you

Taking the time to learn how to create your own data sources and Klips unlocks your data and enables you to control, manipulate, and transform it, leading you to unprecedented insights into your business.

  • Custom data sources: When you create a custom data source, you can either use the pre-built data source as a starting point from which to write your own query or you can write your own queries from the ground up and build a data source from scratch. You create custom-built data sources in the Service Connectors page, accessible from this link or from the Library.
  • Custom Klips: Using our Klip Editor, you can construct and manipulate your data, including integrating multiple data sources, to produce unique, custom-built data visualizations. You create custom Klips from either your Library or your Dashboard.

Regardless of whether you choose pre-built, custom-built, or a combination of both, before you can start building Klips and dashboards you need to connect to Ahrefs data in Klipfolio.

How do I connect to Ahrefs data in Klipfolio?

When you connect your Ahrefs data to Klipfolio, you will be prompted to connect your Ahrefs account by entering your username and password.

Doing so will create a token that enables Klipfolio to securely access your Ahrefs account. Your token looks like George@Ahrefs. You can use and reuse the same token every time you connect to Ahrefs.

Note: You manage your connections (tokens) to Ahrefs in Klipfolio under Connected Accounts in the Account section.

How do I add an Ahrefs pre-built data source?

To add an Ahrefs pre-built data source:

  1. Navigate to the Service Connectors page in Klipfolio and choose Ahrefs from the list.
  2. Select a pre-built data source from the left section of the Pick a Data Request page.
  3. If this is your first time connecting to Ahrefs:
    • Click Connect an Account. Enter your Ahrefs login credentials and click Next. If prompted, click Allow Access to enable Klipfolio to securely access your Ahrefs data. Click Next Step.
  4. If you have connected with Ahrefs before:
    • Select an existing connection (token) from the drop-down list and click Next Step.
  5. On the Configure Data Source page, enter your Ahrefs domain or URL in the text box in the following format: acme.com.
    Note: If you have an Ahrefs subscription, you can enter any domain or URL. If you do not have an Ahrefs subscription, the only domain or URL you can enter (and still get data) is ahrefs.com.
  6. Click Get Data or, if you want to modify the pre-built data request, click Switch to Custom settings.
    Note: If you switch back to the Basic settings page after making changes in the Custom settings page, your changes will not be saved.

If you clicked Switch to Custom settings:

  1. On the Configure Data Source page, modify the Query URL to get the data you want. You can use the existing information in the Query URL text box as a base. It was auto-filled based on the pre-built data source you selected on the Pick a Data Request page.
  2. Click Get Data.

How do I create an Ahrefs custom-built data source?

To create an Ahrefs custom-built data source:

  1. Navigate to the Service Connectors page in Klipfolio and choose Ahrefs from the list.
  2. On the Pick a Data Request page, click Create a custom Ahrefs data source.
  3. If this is your first time connecting to Ahrefs:
    • Click Connect an Account. Enter your Ahrefs login credentials and click Next. If prompted, click Allow Access to enable Klipfolio to securely access your Ahrefs data. Click Next Step.
  4. If you have connected with Ahrefs before:
    • Select an existing connection (token) from the drop-down list and click Next Step.
  5. On the Configure Data Source page, either run the query already provided, or edit that query using Ahrefs API documentation to bring back the exact data you need.
  6. Click Get Resource.

How do I create an Ahrefs data source from scratch?

You can choose to build a data source from scratch. Klipfolio connects to hundreds of services in the cloud that have a REST API. If you take the time to learn your service’s API to create queries for the data you want, your possibilities are endless. Here’s a quick overview video on APIs and Klipfolio:

  Klipfolio API's 101

If you need assistance using APIs, enlist a data analyst or developer.

Refer to the Ahrefs API documentation to discover more data requests.

When you are happy with your query, click Get Data, and then save and name your new data source. You're now ready to use it to build an Ahrefs Klip.

See the reference table below for API related information and sample queries.

API Documentation Ahrefs API documentation

Authentication Method

OAuth Token Authentication
Response Format JSON

API Limits and Notes

If you have an Ahrefs subscription, you can query any domain or URL. If you do not have an Ahrefs subscription, the only domain or URL you can query (and still get data) is ahrefs.com.
Sample Queries

For a list of domain rankings in descending order:

http://apiv2.ahrefs.com?from=ahrefs_rank&target=<Your-URL>&mode=domain&limit=1000&order_by=ahrefs_rank%3Adesc&output=json

For a list of backlinks and details about the referring pages:

http://apiv2.ahrefs.com?from=backlinks&target=<Your-URL>&mode=domain&limit=1000&order_by=ahrefs_rank%3Adesc&output=json

Note: When you enter your URL in the query, it must be in the following format: acme.com.

How do I create an Ahrefs custom Klip?

You create custom Klips from either your Library or your Dashboard. You choose a data visualization format, for example, a pie chart, gauge, or table, and decide whether you want to use an existing data source or create a new one. In the Klip Editor, there are limitless opportunities to modify, relate, and display your data. See the following related articles for more information and get building!

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