How to create a dashboard report with Ahrefs SEO tool

Ahrefs is known as the world’s largest index of live backlinks, so of course, we have its native integration!


One thing to know about Ahrefs API: it does provide data only for its Live Index, not for the Fresh Index (index of recently live sites, not re-crawled).

  1. Connect your account
    1.1- Add the integration
    1.2- Add the sources
  2. KPIs, metrics, and dimensions
  3. Historic


1 – Connect your account

1.1 – Add the integration


First, make sure that you have a subscription allowing you to use Ahrefs in third-party tools. Depending on the plan you've subscribed to, there are different limits in the number of requests that can be made to the API. Learn more on Ahrefs pricing. 


Connecting Ahrefs to DashThis requires 2 quick steps.

  • In the Integration Manager, choose Ahrefs and click on Add.


  • You’re then redirected to Ahrefs. Sign in as usual.

The integration is now added to your DashThis account!


1.2 – Add the sources


Now that DashThis has access to your data, you have to add your sources manually.

– Under the section Integration in use in the Integration manager, find Ahrefs.

– Click on the pencil icon located next to your account.



– You land on a page asking for your client’s information:


Give your source a name: It can be anything you want. This name will be how your client will be designated in our tool.


Provider Key: It’s the website URL.


Please note that HTTP and HTTPS sites are tracked separately by Ahrefs. Therefore, you need to add both as sources in DashThis to track them. If you omit the “http” or “https” of an URL,  both results in your source will show in your data (e.g.,, or, or, or


 2 – KPIs, metrics, and dimensions


The following standard KPIs are available from the Preset widgets drop down menu:

  • Anchor text used
  • Domain Rating
  • External backlinks
  • Referring Domains


The available metrics and dimensions are:


  • Domain Rating
  • Referring Domains
  • Backlinks



  • Anchor Text


Unfortunately, the Ahrefs' API doesn't provide precise KPIs allowing DashThis to import your keyword ranking data into your reports.

We are constantly following the updates made by Ahrefs in order to eventually add those metrics once they are available in the API.


3 – Historic

There is no historical data in the Ahrefs’ API. Don’t worry we got your back! We keep your historical data in the system starting at the moment you create any Ahrefs widget, so your number can evolve over time.


Our support team is always there for you if you have any questions!

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