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SEO Spyglass used to rely on Yahoo Site Explorer for their database of links. Now they say they are using a new database.
The launch of a third or fourth-ish link database (Majestic SEO, Open Site Explorer, A-Href's rounding out the others) is a win for link researchers. It still needs a bit of work, as we'll discuss below, but hopefully they plan on taking the some of the better features of the other tools and incorporating them into their tool.
I don't know if there is a way to filter that site out using the free or paid versions.
In running a couple of comparisons against Open Site Explorer and Majestic SEO it was clear that Spyglass has a decent database but needs more filtering options (sub-domains mainly). It's not as robust as OSE or Majestic yet, but it's to be expected. I still found a variety of unique links from its database that I did not see on other tools across the board.
Maybe not all links but you don't really need to have an identical link profile as your competitors do.
However, I am finding that by analyzing competitors' backlinks, it is easier to discover the "low hanging fruit," as well as discovering where they advertise, which for me, is equally valuable.
It is just that I am not sure if the cost is worth it. There are free tools that can give a good sample of competitor backlinks (minus the SEO parameters like mozrank or unique domain links).
I've been saying for months myself, let's really start to think about what version 2.0 of 'SEO' actually is.
CainIV, what kind of techniques do you use to leverage excel's full capability?
[edited by: tedster at 5:25 pm (utc) on Feb 21, 2012]
Is it coming from their own databases etc (like they would have their own bots crawling the Internet and indexing that information in the same way the search engines do)?