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Best way to check for backlinks?

     
10:19 pm on Dec 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone recommend a good/trustworthy backlink checker? There seem to be some seedy ones out there so hoping to avoid that ;)
12:28 pm on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Just to name the most renowned:

  • OSE
  • Majestic SEO
  • Raven Tools
2:44 pm on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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There are some tools that depended on the Yahoo API for all or a part of their data.

They no longer have access to Yahoo's data after November 21st 2011 as it was shut down.
6:52 am on Dec 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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OSE looks nice! I started using one called backlinkwatch but something about it makes me feel uneasy. OSE looks more trustworthy
8:39 am on Dec 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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In my opinion, OSE is one of the best, is cheap and shows a lot of info, that is my first choice now taht Yahoo! blocked siteexplorer.
12:20 am on Dec 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Out of curiosity...

SEO spyglass claims to have a new database of links that it has indexed. Previously they relied on yahoo site explorer for their link database.

Anyone have any idea what database of links they are using? I get the feeling that they DON'T have their own spiders crawling the web...
7:36 pm on Dec 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I use seo spyglass, interesting. It cost.
12:11 am on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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any free ones out there
10:43 pm on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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i used opensiteexplorer (dot) org and its work for me :)
6:51 pm on Mar 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Raven Tools
8:29 am on May 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I personally using domain-pop.com. it is really very user friendly and very nice backlink checker tool.
3:15 am on June 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I use seo spyglass. For my site, I use Google webmaster tool
1:00 pm on July 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I use [alexa.com]
4:25 am on July 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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With alexa I only find the first 100 backlinks, can you find the rest?
Also backlinks from Alexa for one site are counted from sites that users are in Alexa traffic panel
9:01 pm on Aug 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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ahref.com - By far the best link checker tool.
3:15 am on Aug 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Open Site Explorer and Majestic SEO are the two best around. Majestic SEO is my favorite. Most tools these days like Market Samurai, Raven Tools, etc. pull all of their back link data from Majestic SEO since Yahoo! Site Explorer data is no more.
5:26 pm on Aug 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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For a detailed comparison of the two leading backlink checkers, see article referenced in this thread...

Majestic SEO / Open Site Explorer comparison by Eric Enge
http://www.webmasterworld.com/link_development/4477415.htm [webmasterworld.com]
11:43 am on Oct 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Majestic SEO + Market Samurai
12:24 am on Oct 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Really... Majestic IS the source of date for market samuria... Majestic and Open Site Exporer (SEOmoz.org) are the two big resoures. ahref.com is a smaller player in the space.
12:34 am on Oct 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I vote for ahrefs and OPS
7:09 am on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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seo spyglass eterprise seem to work the best for me.
2:30 am on Nov 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I use cognitiveSEO and LinkResearchTools because they aggregate data from OSE, Majestic and even aHrefs
2:34 am on Nov 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Also, there's an *awesome* article at SEOBook comparing Majestic, OSE and Ahrefs:
seobook.com/comparing-backlink-data-providers [seobook.com]


Ahrefs - Use for link cleanup
MajesticSEO - Use for mentions monitoring
Mozscape - Use for accurate competitor/market analysis

[edited by: martinibuster at 4:10 pm (utc) on Nov 15, 2012]
[edit reason] Added link to quoted source. mb [/edit]

7:45 am on Nov 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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welcome to WebmasterWorld, Ann_Smarty!

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2:30 pm on Nov 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, Frank! :) Looking around!
Still waiting for your email!
3:52 pm on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I won't name any names. However, some tools associated with some SEO companies supply data back to the SEO company to help them rank their own sites or their client's sites against those using their tools.