Bye Bye Bminer - Alternative Backlink checkers for those building PBNs

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Well I see Backlink Miner is down again and seeing as how I have talked to the owner it probably won't be back up again and if so not for long as he wants out of marketing or supporting it.

Good tool and will be missed.

For those who have been using it (some at my suggestion for a year or more) here are three alternatives. the first you probably know well (and with no links since mods might think its promotional - just google them)


SEO spyglass - meh hate it. Slow and clunky and their database is often sketchy. Most people I know use it have to import the links from outside the program. Have two copies and haven't had it on any of my systems for over a year.

Backlink Monitor by Inspyder

Pulls ahrefs and Moz (but ahrefs can get REALLY expensive if you are checking a large amount of expired domains each day). Also check PR like SEO spyglass. I don't like their export options but its solid and if they improved just a few things would be every bit as good as Backlink Miner is/was.

RDDZ Scraper

Probably the fastest offline backlink checker I have ever seen. the one problem being it does not check links are live out the box. I have worked with the developers but never could feel confident suggesting it with BMiner out there. Shown some love now they might fix the live link checking. Pulls Moz ahrefs and Majestic (although I had issues with Majestic)

Thats the three I know for offline tools. If you know of any more then feel free to add.

PLEASE DO NOT SUGGEST AHREFS, MAJESTIC OR MOZ. We all know about online metric companies. This is for analyzing links from these services beyond what those services provide.
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  • Profile picture of the author accessted
    aHrefs is best for contents.


    J/K

    Thanks Mike.

    I have been waiting to pull the trigger on something. I was going to get SEO Powersuite for the spyglass and rank tracker. They are offering it to me for $200 for the whole Powersuite.

    Now I may wait and check these others out you have recommended. I wanted BL Miner as a lot of people really liked it. Too bad a good product is going down the tube as it is usually the other way around.

    I will keep an eye out on this thread before I make a purchase..

    In SEO Spyglass, I do like the PR status (Although not Relevant) but in some ways it can at least let you know your different stats by PR.

    I also like the way it is laid out with Follow/nofollow link risk and things like that. It is a little slow and every time an update comes out and I click update it will go to about 6% then stop. Only way I can update it is remove and get latest version(SUCKS). Maybe it is because it is a free version so I can't complain really.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      Originally Posted by accessted View Post

      I have been waiting to pull the trigger on something. I was going to get SEO Powersuite for the spyglass and rank tracker. They are offering it to me for $200 for the whole Powersuite.

      Now I may wait and check these others out you have recommended.
      I would not suggest it. What link assistant does not tell you is that they charge a monthly fee which if you do not pay makes the software a paper weight after time. SO that $200 is NOT a one time fee unless they have changed things. To me no matter what you do Spyglass is clunky and intermittently freezes up on ANY system I have used it on

      I will being going with Backlink Monitor now but once I get word back on how to check the links are live with RDZZ
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      • Profile picture of the author Blaine Smitley
        Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

        I would not suggest it. What link assistant does not tell you is that they charge a monthly fee which if you do not pay makes the software a paper weight after time. SO that $200 is NOT a one time fee unless they have changed things. To me no matter what you do Spyglass is clunky and intermittently freezes up on ANY system I have used it on

        I will being going with Backlink Monitor now but once I get word back on how to check the links are live with RDZZ
        You're right about SEO Spyglass needing to bed fed monthly. And they don't make that clear to people that are buying it. Or at least they didn't make it clear to me back in the day when I first bought it.

        Mine is currently expired but now that Backlink Miner is no more I may pay Spyglass to re up for one year. They'll stick me for a $50 spot though.

        Slow? Clunky?

        I have an Intel i7 system I built with 32 gig of ram and solid state drives. The only thing that ever screws up, locks up, takes a dump or a long time is SEO Spyglass.

        I tweaked it and use it according to Mike Freidmans advised specs and even maxed out the allowed memory allocation for it and it's still a dog.

        But right now she's all I got

        I'm going to go read about this RDDZ thing you mention.
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        • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
          Originally Posted by Blaine Smitley View Post

          I have an Intel i7 system I built with 32 gig of ram and solid state drives. The only thing that ever screws up, locks up, takes a dump or a long time is SEO Spyglass.
          Not everyone has a core i7, 32 gig ddr3 system. I've never used an offline backlink checker because I always thought Ahrefs was better. I want to try one now but I might stay away from SEO Spyglass.
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          • Profile picture of the author yukon
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            Originally Posted by SEO Power View Post

            I want to try one now but I might stay away from SEO Spyglass.
            Why?

            They have a free version, test it for yourself.
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          • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
            Originally Posted by SEO Power View Post

            Not everyone has a core i7, 32 gig ddr3 system. I've never used an offline backlink checker because I always thought Ahrefs was better. I want to try one now but I might stay away from SEO Spyglass.
            The problem is that Ahrefs does not tell you which links exist and which do not.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
          Originally Posted by Blaine Smitley View Post

          I have an Intel i7 system I built with 32 gig of ram and solid state drives. The only thing that ever screws up, locks up, takes a dump or a long time is SEO Spyglass.
          See this is why I have never bought their line that you just have to tweak the right settings. That a program chokes with that amount of memory and a powerful CPU is on their programming. Plus the settings have never made it a good performer. better than horrible but still not good


          But right now she's all I got

          I'm going to go read about this RDDZ thing you mention.
          You have backlink Monitor from Inspyder which I am using now. pulls from moz and ahrefs with api credentials (but ahrefs api is just so expensive because its limiting and will run out in no time). Good thing about it I never realized before is you can open up more than one instance. So you can be checking more than one set of backlinks at a time

          As an update I got RDZZ to work with Majestic's open app so can confirm it can and does pull Majestic's link data if you have even a silver account

          I am firing off an Email to the guys over there about checking links. they should be able to do it since it was designed a scraper. They added a lot of the link stuff at my request and have always been very responsive to requests. So it would simply be telling the program to scrape the link source pages and see if it finds the links are still in place.

          If either Inspyder or RDDZ add one or two of the right features missing they make using them a no brainer to me (RDDZ has discounts available that bring down the price to reasonable levels). Seo spyglass needs to be rebuilt probably on .net. I see no benefit to it over backlink monitor which you can usually get for around $65 andis REALLY a one time purchase without any deceptive garbage about needing to re up for their algo updates (link analysis almost never needs updates).

          I'd prefer to use RDDZ because the interface is simple and easy for my macro tools plus I like the responsiveness of that team. I have already set RDDZ to check 200 domains at a go (and let it run overnight) but you just have to know if those links are really still live
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  • Unfortunately i have been using SEO spyglass and i have to agree with you on the slow and clunky.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by ShoeNickel View Post

      Unfortunately i have been using SEO spyglass and i have to agree with you on the slow and clunky.
      Change the settings up and do not use proxies.

      That will speed it up.

      You can run it and not check PR, and you will be fine without the proxies. Than just use proxies to run it again to check only PR and only on the live links.

      Although PR is outdated anyhow, so take that with a grain of salt.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

    Backlink Monitor by Inspyder

    Pulls ahrefs and Moz (but ahrefs can get REALLY expensive if you are checking a large amount of expired domains each day). Also check PR like SEO spyglass. I don't like their export options but its solid and if they improved just a few things would be every bit as good as Backlink Miner is/was.
    Moz's database is just not reliable enough to me and Ahrefs, like you said, will get way too expensive way too fast. Has Backlink Monitor added the ability to import a list of links yet? I don't remember them having that when I first tried it. I think they only let you add one link at a time if memory serves. It was more designed to monitor your own site's links than to evaluate domains.

    I'd like to be able to just import links from Majestic and go from there.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      Moz's database is just not reliable enough to me and Ahrefs, like you said, will get way too expensive way too fast. Has Backlink Monitor added the ability to import a list of links yet? I don't remember them having that when I first tried it. I think they only let you add one link at a time if memory serves. It was more designed to monitor your own site's links than to evaluate domains.
      No backlink monitor has been able to import links for quite some time. It just won't import CSV very well but instead works with text files (a bit of a pain because you either have to copy the url column in excel or use a tool to extract the links from CSV to text)

      I find Moz fine in taking a first pass at a domain. If it looks interesting then I can follow up with ahrefs so it saves on ahrefs usage. Very rare to find a really good domain that shows no links in Moz. So if you even use Moz to filter for free it ends up saving you money with ahrefs.

      Still I prefer RDDZ setup MUCH more and verifying links is all it doesn't do. Fastest I have seen in any backlink checker. I have confidence they will add it as its clearly within the function of a scraper to do that.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

        No backlink monitor has been able to import links for quite some time. It just won't import CSV very well but instead works with text files (a bit of a pain because you either have to copy the url column in excel or use a tool to extract the links from CSV to text)
        I can work with that, but yeah, it is annoying you have to take that extra step.

        Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

        I find Moz fine in taking a first pass at a domain. If it looks interesting then I can follow up with ahrefs so it saves on ahrefs usage. Very rare to find a really good domain that shows no links in Moz. So if you even use Moz to filter for free it ends up saving you money with ahrefs.
        Yeah, Moz is usually okay with determining if a domain is good or bad, but it is not very useful for determining how good a domain might be.

        Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

        Still I prefer RDDZ setup MUCH more and verifying links is all it doesn't do. Fastest I have seen in any backlink checker. I have confidence they will add it as its clearly within the function of a scraper to do that.
        Well, considering the live links is the most important part, it is no more useful than just checking Ahrefs or Majestic at this point. Hope they add that functionality.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
          Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

          Yeah, Moz is usually okay with determining if a domain is good or bad, but it is not very useful for determining how good a domain might be.
          SO like I said already you use it to filter and save yourself using up API or credits at ahrefs/majestic SEO.

          Win Win

          Just allowing that is a great Benefit Moz still provides free for the SEO community. Yeah Moz !!!

          Do you run down credits searching everything at ahrefs and/or Majestic????? Thats a bit of a waste but if you don't do much evaluation I guess its fine

          it is no more useful than just checking Ahrefs or Majestic at this point.
          Say what???? Surely you jest. One of the other key reasons to use these tools as I said in the OP is to get what you don't get from those services. None of them back up the link metrics with other link metrics.

          Thats another key reason to use offline tools not just verification of live links. If you use one metric to evaluate everything God bless you.

          So even without RDDZ verifying links giving me another metric - even PR is an improvement over just using ahrefs and/or Majestic. Even with backlink Miner I still used RDDZ for quick search of links in Moz. Helped me filter out at least half of my list of domains for free and the fastest of any backlink checker I know.
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          • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
            Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

            Say what???? Surely you jest. One of the other key reasons to use these tools as I said in the OP is to get what you don't get from those services. None of them back up the link metrics with other link metrics.

            Thats another key reason to use offline tools not just verification of live links. If you use one metric to evaluate everything God bless you.

            So even without RDDZ verifying links giving me another metric - even PR is an improvement over just using ahrefs and/or Majestic. Even with backlink Miner I still used RDDZ for quick search of links in Moz. Helped me filter out at least half of my list of domains for free and the fastest of any backlink checker I know.
            I just meant I can use links from Majestic and feed them into something like NetPeak Checker and get the same data, except that it is free instead of paying for RDDZ at this point.
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            • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
              Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

              I just meant I can use links from Majestic and feed them into something like NetPeak Checker and get the same data, except that it is free instead of paying for RDDZ at this point.
              Hey if you (so to speak) are hard up for the cash I hear you but I can't see why i would use majestic and then have to download the CSV and load it into Netpeak when one click does it in RDDZ through open app. Anyway you are still talking about using another tool and one that is not integrated with majestic like RDDZ. So its apples and oranges.

              Or does Netpeak pull in links for a domain now?
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              • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
                Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

                Hey if you (so to speak) are hard up for the cash I hear you but I can't see why i would use majestic and then have to download the CSV and load it into Netpeak when one click does it in RDDZ through open app. Anyway you are still talking about using another tool and one that is not integrated with majestic like RDDZ. So its apples and oranges.

                Or does Netpeak pull in links for a domain now?
                I misunderstood you then. I thought RDDZ required API access to grab Majestic's links.
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                • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
                  Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

                  I misunderstood you then. I thought RDDZ required API access to grab Majestic's links.
                  Not developer API but you do have to have at least a silver account.
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                  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
                    Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

                    Not developer API but you do have to have at least a silver account.
                    Yeah, the open app thing. Got it.
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