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TouchGraph – Graph Your Blog’s Connections

Posted By Darren Rowse 3rd of September 2007 Blogging Tools and Services 0 Comments

I just came across an interesting tool that explores connections between different websites using Google.

All you have to do is put in a keyword and it’ll graph the top results in Google for you. I did it with ProBlogger.net as the keyword and got this graph (click to enlarge):


It’s hard to illustrate the tool in a static picture – but each of the circles represents a website and the circles around it are other websites that link into it. Click on any of the circles and you can expand them to see what is in turn linking to them.

You can play with this tool at TouchGraph | Products: Google Browser.

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Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. wow, that blows the mind.

    I REALLLLLY appreciated you previous recommendation on Crazy Egg, I have learned SO much with it.

    I posted about my observations at the Food Blog S’cool, not my blog but the food blog special interest blog.

    (that link is here “Epiphanous statistical analysis (that Crazy Egg again)”)

    I think many people have found Crazy Egg interesting.

    Now I am going to see what I can tease from the Google TouchGraph.

  2. That is an awesome analytical tool and some thing I need right now to help with the new business opportunity project I have just announced on my site.
    As always, you appear to have read the mood and minds of this market right on the mouse button.

  3. hmm, this really brought to mind that i need to get working on getting some links to my site. Currently this tool did not pick up, which is probably pretty accurate since my site is new. This is a nice tool though, and should be useful in tracking my progress.

  4. One of the coolest tool I’ve tried lately! Thanks for showing :)

  5. Wow, That’s way cool! Very useful.. thanks!


  6. Yes- TouchGraph is way cool! I wrote about it in my blog at:http://assistivetek.blogspot.com/2007/07/touchgraph-visual-search-engine.html
    Check it out and thanks for all of your tips

  7. Great little find… It did do quite the number on my CPU though… :(

  8. What a great tool, and I love the visuals, thanks Darren.
    It’s quite exciting and informative to see how many connections you have and where from

  9. What other analytical tools are people looking for to help with sites and blogs? I am always looking for an interesting analytical challenge and love building tools (alas, all my tools now are built for customers and not freely available). Suggestions?

  10. Not entirely accurate there sorry Darren. It actually uses the Related Sites thing on the Google SERPs to generate it. It’s brilliant for link building, and for finding the big players in whatever circle it is that you’re in though, regardless. I’ve been using this for ages, as well as using the Websites as Graphs tool for analyzing how clean a sites code is – the cleaner it is, the smaller the graph will be.

  11. Wow! This is simply awesome. Heading over to have a try…

  12. something intresting. but is that fast. i mean pictures take time to load.

    but still sounds nice. All n all a nice concept with which google has come up

  13. Thanks for this info. I have recently found this http://walk2web.com which has some similarities with TouchGraph.

  14. Wow, this tool is awesome, and is similar to the previous picture that came into my head whenever I thought about linkbacks, how many my site is getting, which sites to get links from, etc.

    Thanks a lot for the link to this great resource!

  15. Great resource. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Great tip, darren. Touchgraph has been around in one form or another for some time now, but often was too slow to be useful. The current version plus the interface with Google is gangbusters.

    regarding the usefulness of the links … as has been pointed out this is not a direct map of your links, it is a map of what google thinks are related to your site. For SEO this can be way more important because the related sites determine who your “neighbors” are, Not necessarily who is giving you Page Rank. Like every tool, it’s just a tool and can’t provide all the answers … but what it provides is great.

    Oh and type in your name and see who Google thinks is related … very useful for online reputation management as well.

  17. Very cool tool. Thanks for the post.

  18. The TouchGraph Google Browser shows connectivity between websites in a visual fashion. The service pulls in data from Google’s database of related sites, delivering an interactive visual map of interconnected websites or search terms.

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