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Best Backlink Checking Tools
Rlilly




msg:4387593
 2:36 pm on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yahoo Explorer is gone and was very popular! Can someone:

1) identify the best Free Tools for checking backlinks

2) identify the best Paid Tools for checking backlinks

 

Tiggerito




msg:4387880
 1:02 am on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

If it's your own website you can't beat Google Webmaster Tools.

If not, I find Majestic SEO gets my next best set of links. In fact it may be better than Yahoos data.

wheel




msg:4387895
 1:54 am on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

I saw raven tools at pubcon, which I think uses majestic on the backend?. They had a 'recent links' tool that didn't work - didn't show some pretty serious links I'd developed in the last couple of weeks. Still, lots of people seem to talk about them.

CainIV




msg:4388308
 11:03 pm on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

Majestic is decent as is OSE.

BaseballGuy




msg:4391764
 7:48 pm on Nov 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

What about compared to the SEOmoz tools (vs. Majestic)?

I used to take a pinch from GWMT and Yahoo Site Explorer and combine it with what I see in the SEOmoz tools and then make my guesstimations based off all 3.

webseo2




msg:4400828
 9:21 am on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

backlinkwatch is better then other.

mh_and




msg:4400902
 3:29 pm on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Majestic and OSE. I use both. Majestic is updated more often while OSE has SEOMoz's quality indicators next to them so makes things easier.

Majestic has also fresh and historical data, while OSE doesn't. OSE is slower and has more downtimes, though being SEOmoz's pro member grants access to a lot of useful info inside.

Raven is pretty good for link managing and uses both Majestic and SEOMOZ data but has limits, so if you aren't too large you can use that.

I remember SEOMoz's Rand comparing his tools with Majestic somewhere in Quora, so you can try to find that.

Both majestic and OSE have free and paid options, but free is limited of course. There are free versions of SeoSpyglass as well.

Planet13




msg:4400971
 6:34 pm on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Anyone use seospyglass since they stopped being able to rely on yahoo?

mh_and




msg:4401145
 11:19 am on Dec 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

...and as I posted, seomoz rolled out historical link data so it's getting better..

Planet13




msg:4401231
 7:53 pm on Dec 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

@ mh_and:

...and as I posted, seomoz rolled out historical link data so it's getting better..


Trying to follow you here. Is SEO Spyglass now using Open Site Explorer / SEOMOZ backlink database?

Sorry if I misunderstood your comments.

mh_and




msg:4401247
 9:36 pm on Dec 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

absolutely unaware of it..

Planet13




msg:4401268
 1:02 am on Dec 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

Ah... ok. Well, hopefully someone who is familiar with the new link database for seospyglass can chime in.

johnduff




msg:4405472
 6:15 am on Jan 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

backlinkwatch.com is a better tool to check the backlinks.

mcskoufis




msg:4405508
 10:16 am on Jan 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

Hi Planet13, we discussed this in another thread. I am not so sure if the paid tools offer so much value and I agree with Weel about their index not being updated frequently enough so you see a lot of links which do not exist or the webmaster has updated the page with all link opportunities lost. I find this in both OSE and RavenTools.

Personally I like using Raven Tools for its UI and its features other than link building. Link-building-wise it does include data from Majestic, including what it calls the "historical" and the "fresh" index.

Recently I tried some free tools which definitely don't provide as much data but they offer good opportunities for finding links.

Backlinkwatch is a nice free tool as well as the Backlink Builder of Webconfs.

But I think the best tool of them all (paid and free) is a Google search with advanced operators. You can find gems if you search right.

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