I was really hoping that somehow Web SEO Analytics, and it took me a little while to make up my mind on this tool, primarily because of my initial impression when I first did a search using the search box.

As I unwrapped the digital bits, you could hear a pin drop…


>>> Visit Web SEO Analytics

The excitement was killing me, and although the list of backlink tools and services is long, I somehow thought that this one would hold some great promise.  In a nutshell, the website design is done well, and the outer polish is there, but when you peel back the layer a little bit I was just left scratching my head…. at least at first.  Guess why?

Using Web SEO Analytics The Right Way

The reason was because I used the default search box rather than browsing directly to their Link Popularity tool.   This tool is buried deep on the navigation bar on the left hand side, but it seems to be the most useful of the bunch and the most applicable to what we are after: that of finding the backlinks to a given page or website!

Although the other tools may be useful down the road, don’t waste your time using anything else on the site before you get familiar with the Link Popularity Tool output and capabilities.

The data feed they use appears to be from Majestic SEO.

With a free account you can basically one search per day, and within that search you’ll see up to 50 backlinks on the main search tab.  However, if you search under the Link Popularity tool you’ll get up to 500 backlinks back with results powered by Majestic SEO.

The Free output is divided into a few sections:

  • Raw Urls (useful for extraction)
  • Total Backlinks Found (including EDU/Gov)
  • Total Class C subnets Found

From there it seems that you are required to sign up for some level of pro version of the service to be able to see more information.

Web SEO Backlink Analysis

In the Pro version you can see a lot more information evidently.   Presumably it will cover several of the data points that Mastic would have, but the Paid/Pro output appears to at least cover the following:

  • The Incoming Links of the Page
  • The PageRank values
  • The Domain Authority
  • Various Statistics about the Backlink Type & Link Quality
  • Anchor Text and Link Status (nofollow)
  • OBL of each back-link
It is good to see that they take both quality and quantity into consideration when dealing with back-link reports.

Web SEO Analytics Pricing

The pricing model for the various tiers is as follows:

I believe you would be charged in Euros, though I have not attempted to make a purchase so I can only speak from what I have seen on the outside and from the marketing materials that have been made available.  This might also be more useful to folks who work in Europe and prefer to purchase a more local package, or in a more local currency.

Between the Pro and the Free versions, there appear to be two versions of this tool:

  • SEO Pro Toolbox
  • SEO Toolbox

As far as I can tel, the SEO Toolbox appears to be the free tool available for use without any signups.  This is the same tool that limited me to one query per day.

SEO Toolbox v. SEO Toolbox Pro

According to the materials:

This SEO Analyzer is one of the most powerful tools in the Web SEO Analytics Toolbox.

The SEO Analyzer tool provides these basic segments:

  1. Domain Segment General domain info including domain authority, total links, Dmoz listing, age, and more.
  2. Traffic Segment – Traffic and Alexa Rank (we have Alexa for this)
  3. Page Segment – Number of links and pagerank, textual keywords, search engine indexing, page validation.
  4. Link Structure Segment – Detailed view of the link structure of the page, and list of broken links

Some of these could easily be replaced by webmaster tools or similar, and they don’t really interest me if I’m looking at the backlinks for my competition.   However, the features that really strike my fancy are the following in the Pro version:

  • SERP Analysis – Generate reports for the competition to include recommendations, action plans, keyword research, and statistics.  Helpful to analyze competitor’s domain linking information.   Domain battle takes this a step further and allows several domain features to be compared at once for competitor comparisons.
  • Blog Analyzer – for on-page SEO which is still a vital part of any SEO strategy, up to perhaps 25% or more, this tool helps to improve search engine rankings for a particular blog post.
  • Backlink Analysis – as we have already discussed, this is the meat and potatoes of our interest in this tool.
  • Backlink Hunter – not very many tools include a feature like this to help uncover possible places to put your high quality backlinks.   Searches through domains for keywords of your choice for places to get links.  Sorted by authority, rank, and a host of other useful features.  Contact information such as emails, phones, and addresses for domains to get backlinks from is also included!!

Link Structure – Report on optimizing the link structure of your pages.

Keyword Research and Difficulty – helping you to identify the correct keywords to spend your time on.   Similarly the difficulty tool will compare the relative ease of ranking for any given keyword and give you a competitive analysis for it.

All in all the host of features available is quite good, and the data source that is used has a solid reputation.

We recommend this tool with a thumbs up, with the only reservation that the free version makes it hard for you to fully know what you are getting into before you buy.


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You might be surprised to learn that there are so many backlink checking tools available to try.   I sure was!  The deeper I look, the more I seem to find.  Funny how that is eh?  I think some of these many folks just haven’t given them the due trial they deserve!   We visited that question, and put together a Top 10 list if you want a refresher.

Which SEO Site Explorer Replacement is better?

Of course some tools are much more well known than others such as Market Samurai, but others have flow completely under the radar, at least to me.

As such I have decided to continue on the quest to review SEO tools that can act as suitable Yahoo Site Explorer replacements.  I believe 2012 will be the year of the backlinking tools, but I also believe it will be the year when SEO changes in the search engine space dramatically.

2012 The Year Everything Changed

With Google+ your world now advancing, and competing strongly against facebook, while the Bing and Yahoo merger proceed, things are getting quite interesting.   As far as I am concerned we simply cannot have enough tools available – the more the better just to foster a little bit of competition.  Competition breeds innovation and drives up quality and drives down cost.  This is good for you and me!

Here are the tools that are on my TODO list which I have not yet fully reviewed.  I intend to do a writeup on most if not all of these, so bear with me while we do our best to give them the time and attention they deserve.

I have not included the tools we have already reviewed on the site, but if you happen to know of any others we have not already reviewed please drop us a note in our comments section.

If you need a refresher on the Top 10 Yahoo Site Explorer Alternatives ranked, please visit the aforementioned link.

Yahoo Site Explorer Extravaganza

In no particular order, here is the list!   As we review each tool, we’ll mark it with strikethrough meaning that you’ll be able to find the review on our site!

http://www.marketsamurai.com
http://www.webseoanalytics.com/free/seo-tools/backlink-analysis.php
http://www.wpromote.com/seo/seo-audit-tool/
http://www.seo-backlink-finder.com/
http://sitexploration.com
http://backlinktest.com/
http://www.ginzametrics.com
http://www.x4d.de/backlinkchecker/
http://beta.openlinkgraph.net/
http://sistrix.de/
http://raventools.com
http://iwebtool.com
http://www.bluebacklinks.com/
http://www.webtoolhub.com/tn561345-backlink-checker.aspx
http://www.backlinks4me.com/
http://www.domain-pop.com/
http://wholinkstome.com/
http://tools.seobook.com/seo-toolbar/
http://ontolo.com/
http://wholinkstome.com/
http://wiep.net/link-building-tools/
http://www.jaaxy.com/
http://www.traffictravis.com/
http://www.adgooroo.com/products/link_insight.php
http://cognitiveseo.com/

Have you made it this far?   Before you fall asleep, I’ll tell you this – we are going to spend hours reviewing all of these so you don’t have to waste your time.   We’ll tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly and bring them all here on this blog.

Again, I highly recommend you visit our Top 10 Rankings page to get the best of the best.


>>> Top 10 Site Explorer Alternatives & Reviews

 

Stay tuned!

Since the demise of Yahoo Site Explorer, we have reviewed many Site Explorer alternatives to helping you review and analyze backlinks to any given website.   If you are looking for a backlink checker, we have put together our scoring matrix of features in a backlink explorer to better help you decide which tools are worth spending time on and adding to your arsenal.  We’ve run across many tools we were previously unfamiliar with, and there will surely be more to come!   Analyzing back-links has never been so easy, so you can now check your backlinks with ease once you decide on which tools are right for you.

We feel that this list at SiteExplorer.co is one of the most accurate and complete picture available on the Internet of all the possible Site Explorer varieties available, and we hope that this will help you find exactly what you need for your marketing, SEO, and backlink checking and analyzing needs.

Site Explorer Rankings

The following Site Explorer Alternatives have been reviewed on the site to date:

SEO SpyGlass
Open Site Explorer
Ahrefs
Link Research Tools
Web SEO Analytics 
SEO Attack 
Majestic SEO Site Explorer
Blekko
Link Diagnosis
Linkdex

In addition, if you are the webmaster of a given domain you’ll want to consider these backlink explorer tools:

Google Webmaster Tools
Bing Webmaster Tools

Please stay tuned for a full feature matrix and scoring based on our findings thus far on all the backlink checkers.   Backlink analyzers come in all shapes and sizes, but not all are created equal.  Our goal is to analyze the analyzers and to save you time and money when making up your mind on which tools you wish to use in your marketing needs.

Site Explorer Tool Summary

SEO SpyGlass – Software based tool, but they offer a Free version that lets you check up to 1000 backlinks.  It can scan results from many search engines and aggregate the results in an easy to use interface that runs on your machine.  One of the best tools out there for backlink checking.  Although it is not a web based, it is easy to install and you can get going in minutes.  Their backlink explorer is one of the best tools in the business and has earned our coveted five star rating.

 


Open Site Explorer –  Feature rich web based tool run by SEOMOZ.  They offer site comparisons, reporting, and even social media tracking in the PRO version.  You can get a free 30 day trial for full account access.   They allow you to explore and analyze backlinks to any website of your choosing.

 

Ahrefs - Well established tool that provides up to 500 results per report on a Free account, and 100 queries per day.  Reasonable fees for upgraded accounts.  Unique features to them include .gov/.edu tracking, backlink trending over time, CPC value, and overall keyword volume.  Their wholistic approach to SEO and backlink analysis is well worth a look.

 

Link Research Tools - Uniquely uses combined knowledge from 53 sources and  22 link backends to create a well rounded view of known backlinks for a given domain or URL.   Includes social media support for  Facebook, Twitter and others.  Broad range of options available with affordable price points.   This backlink checker is worth a close look.

 

SEO Attack - Great tool that uses SEOMOZ Open Site Explorer link database to show results, but in a different way, and with a different price point, including Free account levels as well.  You really have to register to get much use out of their GUI.   They have a very useful explorer option where you can browse the internal links of a page by link juice, or browse a URL by external linking domains and their inbound link juice.   It also has a very handy anchor text view.

 

 Web SEO Analytics – Very useful tool that pairs up nicely with a data feed from Majestic SEO Site Explorer.  They offer a host of tools for a full suite of features that rivals many of the other backlink checker tools out there.  The free interface allows a review of the backlinks to a given website or page, although the paid version is really where you will see the best results.

 

Majestic SEO Site Explorer - They have one of the largest and most complete databases of online web links with fresh daily updates.   No free option unless you are the site owner, and then you are likely better off with Google or Bing Webmaster Tools.

Blekko - Up and coming search engine company that is very transparent about the uncovered links and back-links.  You must register for an account, but visibility into their data is free of charge.   Uses custom search syntax keywords, but easy to pick up.  Offers a duplicate content detection engine which can be useful for back-link analysis.

Link Diagnosis - Similar to Yahoo Site Explorer and uses the SEOMOZ Open Site Explorer data set.   It is Free of charge and theoretically there is no limit on the number of backlinks they will show, although you’ll get the most out of it if the Firefox toolbar is installed.

Linkdex - Designed as a general SEO Toolkit for tracking, optimization, and link analysis.  They are not a strong contender compared to other Site Explorer options, although you may find some of their features useful such as the project management.  Many parts of their service are not Free.

With that, we leave you with the Top 10 results!  If you still have not found what you are looking for in the backlink checking tool list, have a look around the rest of the pages on the site and I’m sure you will come across some other tools that may be more to your liking.   Remember, we are always reviewing additional tools, so feel free to stop by again to check on our updates, and bookmark this site for easier reference.

SEO Attack is still somehow considered Beta but I have no idea why. It does pack a punch so it is definitely worth trying out. It is actually kind of 4 tools rolled into one:

  • Site Explore – enter a URL and see all the top pages connected to that page from the same domain, sorted by link juice.  Useful for exploring a site based on link power.
  • View Backlinks – similar to site explorer, but show all the external links from all domains pointing in to a given page.  Again these are sorted by page juice.
  • Anchor Text – browse through all the anchor text seen on links pointing to that page.  Useful to see what keywords your competition is going after.
  • Keyword Search – help to find how difficult certain keywords would be to rank for based on relative competition.  Show competing pages with link juice and try to find link opportunities with Video, News, and more.

You will probably be most interested in the ‘View Backlinks’ option to start, so I would recommend selecting that option on the drop-down box and entering your URL of choice.

Like most Internet Marketers out there, you have likely come to rely on the essential features of Yahoo Site Explorer over the years for analyzing the competition, and at times your own sites to know how you stack up against them.

As you may recall Yahoo Site Explorer had some deficiencies such as:

  1. No link juice calculation was provided
  2. Link anchor text was not available
  3. It was not possible to explore a site to view other high juice pages
  4. Site comparisons based on keyword was not possible to find opportunities

Enter SEO Attack.

>>> Visit SEO Attack Site Here

At SEOAttack.org it is possible to research your competition (or your own site) in a quick
and simple manner. Everything you need to know about your keyword targets and
your competition is now in your face and at your fingertips.

As you know, page juice is simply a way to measure a calculation of page rank along with the link juice that a page could provide which is affected by the number of outbound links presently on that page.  One pagerank 4 page with one outbound like is likely much more valuable than one pagerank 5 page with 100 outbound links.  This is the essence of page rank calculation.

SEO Attack calculates a large number of factors, including Cache Date, Social mentions, Pumper Backlinks gives a rough 0-100 score for that link.

If you don’t log in, the items that you are allowed to see are very limited so I would recommend taking about 30 seconds to go register an account so that you can see the full results.  Free accounts are allowed 10 searches a day, and a basic level of visibility on backlinks.  This is probably enough to get you started, and you can always choose to upgrade later if you like what you see.   Even the paid subscriptions are not that expensive ranging from $10/month to $100/month.

When reviewing the backlinks to a given domain, you’ll notice that a lot of the results are caculated in near-real time.  This means you’ll be waiting  a few seconds until it finishes to see the full data pertaining to a backlink.  The details that you’ll be able to see include a general rating (how strong the backlink is), anchor text, outbound links, and link properties.

The other tabs offer some interesting results as well such as Social Media: Page Rank, Delicious, Twitter, and Facebook.

SEOMOZ rank information is available and general domain backlinking information is also displayed.

I believe the data source for this tool is SEOMOZ’s Open Site Explorer, so if you like this tool you may want to check out Open Site Explorer as well.

The Anchor Text based search is useful for a different way to browse all the anchor texts are linking to your site.  This is basically a regrouping to show you the data in another format similar to the ranking that Google Webmaster Tools does with the anchor text ranking in their display.

If you feel like a gangster, maybe this is the tool for you :)

No seriously, it’s quite a tool with an attitude that is worth your time to play around with.   Thumbs up!

 

>>> Visit SEO Attack <<<

Link Diagnosis is an interesting tool compared to Site Explorer because it is actually quite similar in function and features.  In fact, in terms of look and feel it is one of the ones that feels the most similar to the original Yahoo Site Explorer.

On the main interface they start you off with three major tabs:

  • Link Diagnosis
  • Google Ranking Report (Not Yet Available)
  • Page Age (Requires Firefox Plugin)

Link Diagnosis is 100% Free, and there is no limit on the number of backlinks they will show.  They allow you to choose which engine source you would like to use which includes a couple varieties of seomoz, or the Yahoo API.   Their backlink summary is quite nice and will include most of the core items such as Linking Url, Anchor Text, and Rank.  In addition, you’ll get the most bang for your buck if you install their Firefox toolbar which will also perform a few additional checks including: Link Type, Page Rank, and Outbound Links.

Another nice feature is that you can export the results it finds to a CSV file if you want to process the data in another tool, or in your own time.

When digging a little deeper in using the Y! API, it seems that the number of backlinks shown is rather small or that they may even phase this out, so I’m guessing that this API has limited usability.  It may be best to stick to the seomoz engine when doing backlink searches using Link Diagnosis.    Just remember that you will need to install the Firefox plugin if you intend to get full results.

In effect, I think you should see the same results as you’d see with SEOMOZ Open Site Explorer, so if you like this tool you should definitely jump over there and check that one out.

 

>>> Visit Link Diagnosis <<<

One of the best replacements for Yahoo Site Explorer is SEO SpyGlass.  SEO SpyGlass is an downloadable package that you need to install on your desktop or laptop in order to use.   It works on Windows, MacOS, and Linux!  This is probably my favorite desktop application when it comes to backlink checking.



>>> Visit SEO SpyGlass <<<
You can get SEO SpyGlass on its own or part of a suite which comes along with several other tools in SEO Powersuite, namely:

  • Seo SpyGlass - Finds over 100K  backlinks and helps shape your link-building strategy.  Includes reporting and data exporting features.    More information included below.
  • Rank Tracker – Has modules for keyword research and  search engine rank tracking.  Includes automated reporting capabilities.
  • Website Auditor – Helps with on page SEO and content optimization.  Given that perhaps 25% of SEO is on-page, this is a welcome addition.  Can generate sitemaps and reports.
  • Link Assistant - Helps with link management tasks such as building link directories and link partnerships.

SEO SpyGlass is like Yahoo Site Explorer on steroids.  If you liked Y! Site Explorer, then you’ll consider this a vast improvement.  It uses a variety of data sources to generate its backlink results from, including several search engines and its own data repository, so you’ll see more than just what is visible on a variety of search engines.   SEO SpyGlass have their own database for backlinks, although I don’t know how many pages or links they have indexed in total.  From my testing, the results they show are quite useful and complete.  Furthermore, for the most important task of giving you the information on backlinks, this is indeed a winner.

Sometimes videos can be helpful demonstration tools, so here is one of their more useful demo videos for SEO SpyGlass.  We can’t claim the credit for this video, but we found it to be a rather helpful resource for giving you a quick glance into how it works.


SEO SpyGlass sports the following major features:

  • Site Backlinks – Of course!
  • Link Pageranks, Link Weight, and Domain Age – shows pagerank of all links to your site and rank weighting.  This means you can also see which ones carry the highest weight.
  • Server IPs – shows the unique address of all links, so you can tell how many networks they are coming from.
  • Anchor and Title Density – ranks and sorts anchor text by title and anchor density.   Useful in telling you number of occurences of each kind.
  • Blogs, Forums, Directory, and Home Page Grouping – show the backlinks based on where they come from.
  • SEO Reports
  • Many Data Sources: 436 Search Engines!

SpyGlass Comparison to Others

The SpyGlass folks put together an interesting matrix comparing their price against Open Site Explorer and Majestic SEO.  From a pricing standpoint, the figures are quite compelling in terms of cost savings if you do manage to spring for a tool that does the job very well.

More Info

SEO SpyGlass Free & Paid

There is a Free version of SEO SpyGlass that gives you up to 1000 backlinks per domain.  That gives you quite a bit considering most tools out there will not give you nearly as much data or give you as complete a picture.  If you want to extend the software beyond that, then they have a couple of paid options in SEO SpyGlass or you can upgrade from there and get the entire suite of products with SEO PowerSuite.

 

>>> Compare SEO SpyGlass Features <<<

 

The Pro version is great if you don’t need to export data, generate reports, or do any kind of report scheduling.   All in all I found the Pro version an incredible bargain compared to what some other services charge you which are monthly fees.

The best thing about it is that all the data you get is accurate and fast.   If you are searching for backlinks on your competitors, it will show you the backlinks that proved to be active for your very niche and keywords, in all major search engines including Google, Yahoo!, Bing or the Chinese Baidu.   If they worked for your competitors and they’re sure to work for you as well.

SEO becomes ever simpler with each step once you get your hands on SEO SpyGlass.   Even if trying out the Free version, it is quite a useful tool to have in your arsenal. You not only get tons of data to analyze, you also receive a detailed SEO Blueprint Report.  If you would like to see a sample of what that blueprint looks like you can visit their sample Blueprint Report page.   Unlike some other SEO services, here you can be dead-sure the info is fresh and relevant to your website because you’ll see it confirming the links as you use the tool live.

>>> Visit SEO SpyGlass <<<

Linkdex is more geared as a toolkit than a true backlink checker tool, although they do have knobs that will show you backlinking information.  As such I would not put it in the strong contender category compared to other tools we have reviewed but it is still likely worth mentioning because it does in fact give you the option to check backlinks for a given domain.

Right off the bat one thing I did not like about the tool is that they make you sign up before being able to do or see very much.  They set you up with a Free Guest account by default which gives you access to query up to 4 domains.

Once you sign up the tool walks you through 3 steps to getting started, and you must follow them otherwise you will not be able to continue:

  1. Adding Your Keywords
  2. Setting Up Keywords For Your Industry (describing it)
  3. Adding Competitor URLs

It took me a couple of minutes to get through the signup process and to add follow the prompts, but it still didn’t feel natural and easy to use.  Once signed up and logged in, you’ll see a dashboard that looks like this.

Depending on how many backlinks exist to the domain you added it may take some time for their indexing to finish, so you may want to browse around the interface to get familiar with some of the options and tools.  Personally it all looks a bit overcomplicated to me and it feels like they are gearing up to try to sell me some kind of SEO service which I don’t like.   They have a SEO project management system that could come in handy, although to be honest I have never considered that I might have a need in this department.   At the top of the tool you are faced with several navigation tabs:

  • Tasks (Task and Project Manager)
  • Keywords
  • Rank Tracking
  • Site Optimization
  • Link Analysis
  • Link Building

The tasks themselves are also broken down into the above categories and include a few extra options as well:

  • Keyword Research
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Local Search
  • Social Media
  • Outsourcing

I could imagine that if you are trying to manage larger SEO projects some of these native tracking features may come in very handy.

Once the indexing is complete for your site, they send you an email pointing to the URL where you can find the results.  This is basically the ‘Link Building’ tab.

On this tab you’ll see your backlinks in a traditional list format with the following pieces of information:

  1. Incoming Link
  2. Page Title
  3. Influence (green bar)
  4. Keyword Relevance (blue bar)
  5. Linking Pages

The influence and keyword relevance bars are not often found in other tools so they are a welcome sight.    Rank tracking also seems helpful, although you need to program all the keywords you are interested in.  They will track your keyword performance over time on Google or Bing.   I may consider adding a few more of my sites and spending more time with my keyword list to see what it has to say.   Good keyword tracking tools are somewhat scarce.

The site optimization tab offers some advice but I’m not sure it can do much better than Google or Bing Webmaster tools so I would probably not spend much time on that.

If you do find that you really like the tool and would like to add more sites or track more keywords, you can opt for a paid account.  Their pricing ranges from $50/month all the way to $1950/month.  This is by far one of the most expensive backlink checking tools we have found, so we would recommend that you shop around a little bit to make sure this is exactly what you need.

The parts of Linkdex that are Free to are included on the following graphic.

If there are any major areas we have missed or if you would like to share your thoughts please drop us a line as we’d love to hear from you on what you think of Linkdex and whether you have decided to get a paid service account.

 

>>> Visit Linkdex <<<

There is an interesting service that has been gaining in popularity that is owned by Cemper known as Link Research Tools.  It is a rather generic name, but the company was touting their QBL (Quick Back Links) as the best alternative to Yahoo Site Explorer in 2011.

One interesting thing that they do which no one else has done is claim the spot as a link engine aggregator.  Basically they are able to combine data from various sources and present it in one interface.   Supposedly they aggregate over 53 sources and 22 distinct link databases.  If any of that is indeed true, this is a rather impressive feat.

Perhaps my biggest gripe about their tool, is that even if it is the best one on the market, there is no way to confirm this with a demo account or a limited trial.  You can’t do ANY free searches, so there is no real sense of a try before you buy option available.  I am hoping that at some point they will consider allowing a limited account which I think could help users see what they might be missing and to get a taste of what the features are first hand.

However, there are two ways to get a Free Account on their Quick Backlinks tool!  If you visit this URL, then you’ll be able to pay for a free account by tweeting about their service.  This will give you a ‘Quick’ account, although I’m not sure what features that has available compared to the lowest class of service in the paid offerings.   The other option is to use this coupon code when you register: DF0AB20C3F.

Quick Backlinks offers a considerable amount of features in their service, not too much and not too little.  The following items are available on a basic search:

  • Link Info – Is your link a follow, nofollow, or down
  • Link Type – Is this an image, text, or redirect link
  • Anchor Text  – Which anchor texts are used for your links and how often
  • Deeplink Ratio – Ratio of links to deep links on your site (not home page)
  • TLD Breakdown – How many Top Level domains link to you
  • Countries – Breakdown by which hosting country links to you
  • Networks – Which IPs and Subnets link to you most
  • Strength – How strong is the link power

Here is a breakdown of their pricing which ranges from $27/month all the way to $399/month.

Quick Backlinks

Some of the features that seem like they would be useful are the following.  Bear in mind that I have not paid for this service so I am only writing about what I have learned from their videos, materials, and product tour.

  1. Competitive Landscape Analyzer
  2. Backlink Profiler (Link Value)
  3. SERP Research Tool (Find Backlink Opportunities)
  4. Common Backlinks
  5. Link Juice Thief (Mildly Interesting)
  6. Link Juice Recovery (Sounds Useful)

If you want to learn a little bit more about their tool, here is a video straight from their website which may or may not whet your appetite.

>>> Visit Link Research Tools <<<

Backlink Watch Rating: 1 Star

Of all the potential viable alternatives to Yahoo Site Explorer, this one is perhaps the option with the least amount of glitz and glamour.  Certainly it will not be earning any pulitzer prizes any time soon for graphics design and user interface creativity.  In addition, the popups for SEO services tend to get a bit overwhelming at times and borderline annoying, but if you are willing and able to look past all that, you’ll likely still find that the tool does have some merits and is worth playing around with some.

What it lacks in visual creativity, it does make up for a bit in usefulness.  The tool will allow you to see up to 1,000 backlinks to a given domain, and for particularly smaller sites that may not have a lot of backlinks, this could be more than sufficient anyways.  I’m not entirely sure what data source they use to generate their report, but it does seem to have useful data in the output so I find myself coming back to this tool from time to time to see what it has to say about a given domain or URL.

Once you enter your search, you’ll have to wade through the popup box, and the annoying flashy banners at the top right of the site.  I get the hint that perhaps they are trying to get you to buy some of the SEO services they are offering :) .

One nice feature is that they will scan every backlink for you in real time.  The tool gives you a list of the remaining backlinks to be checked, and as it is going it will reveal the following items:

  1. URL
  2. Anchor Text
  3. PageRank
  4. Outbound Links (OBL)
  5. Flag (nofollow)

All in all, I can’t complain too much about the popups, links, or banners because the service is free afterall, AND it gives me up to 1,000 backlinks which most services to not offer without a charge of some kind.   If you are looking for a low overhead, VERY simple tool that is straight to the point, then this may fit the bill nicely.

If you happen to find out what data source they use to collect the backlinks from I would love to know!

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If there ever was a tool to take the place of other webmaster tools such as Bing/Yahoo or Google Webmaster Tools, Blekko might be the one to do it.  Think of Blekko’s Site Explorer tool as a combination of Webmaster Tools + Site Explorer rolled into one!  Blekko is a relatively new search engine company that launched in 2010, and is completely free.  They are Alexa ranked 3,000 so they are not too shabby in terms of general usage even as a search engine alone.  They have been gaining in popularity lately, and I really enjoyed playing around with the Free SEO Tools!

In order to do a search on Blekko you need to enter the domain you are interested in followed by a /seo keyword like so:

If you have not yet registered and signed in, do so now.  You will not be disappointed!  It is free to do so, and it took me literally 10 seconds.  They don’t even seem to confirm your email account, and no captchas to fill in, so just enter and go.

They give you some interesting features that you would normally expect to find in a private account on webmaster tools, but their philosophy is to put everything out in the open for all to see.  This means you can see the data that you might normally expect only the webmaster to be able to see.

There is a bit of eye candy at the top, but I’m not sure how much help it really is, and truthfully I hate pie graphs, but that aside there are some other features if you dig into the interface a little further.

Some neat features that Blekko provides include the following:

  1. Duplicate Content Report (List domains with duplicate content!)
  2. Crawl Stats
  3. Inbound Links (Similar to Yahoo Site Explorer)
  4. Domain Comparison Tool

Unlike Yahoo Site Explorer they do provide Anchor Text which was always a badly needed feature.  As they are small, I’m not sure how many pages they index or how large their database is, but I get the sense that it is not nearly as complete as some of the paid for options out there including SEOMOZ Open Site Explorer and Ahrefs Site Explorer.

Here are some of the shortcuts to use in their search boxes:

  • /inbound – list inbound links with anchor text and link attributes
  • /domainlinks – list inbound domain links with host rank and graphs
  • /domainreport  - show graphs and crawl stats for a given domain
  • /domainduptext – list domains with duplicate content
  • /outbound – list outbound links
  • /internal – list internal links

That being said, we think you should definitely consider trying out this tool and adding it to your toolkit.  It is particularly helpful in a pinch, and best of all it is free to use.    It is neat to be able to finally see underneath the hood some of the stats that you would normally expect to find hidden in a major search engine.  Let’s hope they keep growing and expanding on this!

>>> Visit Blekko <<<

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