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Best Backlink Checker?

     
7:44 pm on Jun 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo site explorer seems limited and so is the site operator with Google. WMT does not return all backlinks. What is the best, most comprehesive tool out there to check backlinks. Even if it cost as a subscription?
8:12 pm on June 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Whatever you choose make sure it verifies via spidering (crawling). Don't use one that only checks a single page because as you may know lots of games and chicanery go on and people will tell you they are linking to you when in fact they really are not.

Full Disclaimer: I work for LinksManager and our product verifies linkbacks via crawling (for a fee) while also detecting games such as nofollow and links that look like links, but really are not links because they are missing a piece of code/syntax to make them look like links when really they are not true hyperlinks.

You will be hard pressed to find a free product that verifies via spidering because of the massive resources required to verify via spidering. We lease 3 private racks (about 42 servers) to do this task .. its all they do crawling and verifying. It's akin to running a search engine. There are some downloadable softwares out there that run on your PC but the ones I have tried are very slow and also dependent on your internet speed. So be aware of the products and services that say they verify.. if they do not do it via spidering your results will not be nearly as accurate.
9:22 pm on June 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Well Yahoo Site EXpl is quite limited, I would go for Open Site Explorer from Seomoz that is also free in its basic version, otherwise for SeoSpyGlass (desktop app) or the one that most consider the best, due to its large indexing capacity: MajesticSeo, but if you want to use all the extended functionalities, is quite expansive.