Everyone who owns a website has tried at least once Yahoo Site Explorer to optimize their sites or for simple curiosity. I have used the service this year for my projects and I have found it very useful for checking backlinks. But a few days ago Yahoo Site Explorer has officially closed. Yesterday I did some research to see if there were other similar services and to tell the truth, there are only a few alternatives. Anyway, here’s what I found:
Bing Webmaster Tools
Yahoo Site Explorer has moved to Bing Webmaster Tools and I think that the data will be the same, but the bad thing is that with Bing you can check backlinks only for the sites you own. So, with this service you cannot analyze the links of your competitors. Another downside is that with Bing you have to wait because your sites need to be verified first.
Majestic SEO – Site Explorer
Majestic Site Explorer has the biggest database of links, offers fresh and daily updated data, and it’s very fast. It offers some basic data for free, but if you subscribe to the paid service you’ll get more in-depth analysis. As you can see from the pictures this service shows the largest number of links for Azmind.com. Probably Majestic SEO indexes even links with low quality.
Open Site Explorer
Open Site Explorer is another alternative to Yahoo Site Explorer offered by SEOmoz.org. It’s a free service and you can check backlinks for any site you want. It also provides other informations such as Domain Authority and Page Authority. These are values from 0 to 100 that show the site’s strength. The only bad thing is that Open Site Explorer updates the data every 4 weeks. SEOmoz offers also a paid subscription which provides other functionalities such as the number of times that the page was posted on Facebook or on Twitter.
Blekko is a new search engine and it’s free, but it has a smaller database because they concentrate on quality content. It also shows from which part of the world are the links coming. This service is still in beta and even if its database is small, you can get some valuable information about a website from it.
Ahrefs Site Explorer seems to be a good service for checking backlinks. It’s another alternative to Yahoo Site Explorer but you can make only 10 daily requests without having to register.
Linkody is a new alternative, a backlink checker that helps you monitor your (and your competitor) links and shows more than 30 different metrics related to the backlinks. Linkody offers integration with Ahrefs, Google Analytics and access to Disavow – it’s “all in one” kind of tool. Moreover it has free version and affordable paid plans depending on the amount of domains you want to monitor.
So, Bing Webmaster Tools doesn’t help if you want to check the backlinks of your competitors. Majestic SEO and Open Site Explorer seem to be good, but you have to pay if you want to get more in-depth analysis. Blekko is free but it has a small database and with Ahrefs you have to sign up if you want to make more than 10 requests per day.
I think it’s better to combine all these services to have good results and avoid the limitations of the free versions. Or you may consider a paid subscription with Majestic SEO or Open Site Explorer. Probably these services will get more clients now that Yahoo Site Explorer has closed. What do you think? Do you know other alternatives to Yahoo Site Explorer?
Update 9/2016: Added a new alternative, Linkody.