I have recently been handed a page of competitor websites. My mission is to find out where links are coming into these competitor sites, and have our site listed there also, if it is not already.
My question is this. Is there any software or online resources that will collect this information? Or do I have to run the "link:www.competitordomain.com" search on google and write in each site that links to the competitors? Does this have to be the hard part?
I'm new to webmasterworld.com so please bear with me until I fully get the rules. Back on topic: Shaggy, I have a suggestions for you: URL snipped. I do not want to comment on the quality of their services but it does save you the time for checking links from three search engines: Google, Altavista and Hotbot (this last one is slightly relevant for Lycos, actually).
Hope it helps.
Welcome to WebmasterWorld Nicu, we try and shy away from posting URL's and discussing specific products where possible
(edited by: NFFC at 12:54 pm (gmt) on Dec. 11, 2001)
There is no shortcuts here I'm afraid if you want to do it right. You'll have to visit every one of these sites individually.
You can however download the Google toolbar, it helps evaluate the websites and presents all the inbound links in one click of the mouse.
You also have to bear in mind that Google will only list the links of those websites that are listed with google. The same applies to other SE's and directories.
A website may have a popularity count of 1000 in total but may only show 200 in google. That means that in order to target these competitors effectively you will have to adopt the same strategy with the other SE's that list the other 800. :)