[OFFICIAL] Yahoo Site Explorer Shut Down - Alternatives?

by RevSEO
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Yahoo Site Explorer Closing Down Monday, November 21st

Well the dreaded day that we've heard so much about is finally here, Yahoo Site Explorer shuts down its doors yesterday. This means many of the tools out there today for checking backlinks are broken, and the general ease of use of web browser plug-ins like SearchStatus and SEO Quake are don't work.

Some Alternative Link Checkers

MajesticSEO -

Currently the best alternative, MajesticSEO is a paid link checking alternative that uses their own servers to crawl and index the web. As of now there are several paid options. MajesticSEO is commonly referred to as the best paid link checker.

OpenSiteExplorer -

This is SEOMoz's backlink checker. While it's well designed and user friendly, unlike MajesticSEO, it simply doesn't have the link history or freshness that Yahoo Site Explorer and/or MajesticSEO provides. It's also a paid alternative.

Blekko - Free alternative

Blekko is a boostrapped search engine startup that prides itself on transparency of data and information, including SEO variables.
Head over to Blekko.com, and search for the following as a test. http://www.warriorforum.com /seo
This will show you the SEO information for WarriorForum, you can also dive deeper and look at links by searching
http://www.warriorforum.com/ /inbound
This will give you an idea of where links are coming from, crawl date, IP address of links and other information like NameServer info of incoming links. A valuable tool BUT limited in backlink information.

Did I miss some? Help me fill out the best backlink alternatives by providing who YOU use now that Yahoo Site Explorer has been shut down.

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  • Profile picture of the author Melissa82
    Thanks for sharing. Do you know if SEO Spyglass will still work?
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    • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
      Originally Posted by Melissa82 View Post

      Thanks for sharing. Do you know if SEO Spyglass will still work?
      Well, it relies heavily on YSE but does have other avenues of checking links. Here is what SEO Spyglass recently said when asked about YSE shutting down.

      1) SEO SpyGlass will continue gathering up to 100,000 links like before. Unlike other backlink tools that relied on Yahoo! Site Explorer in the first place (and may become obsolete in a couple of hours) SEO SpyGlass will continue gathering hundreds of thousands links without Yahoo! Site Explorer. SEO SpyGlass uses multiple sources to spy out links. If Site-Explorer breaks, your links will be pulled from another place. 2) Your software was massively prepared for this YSE thing over the last month. Of course we knew about the upcoming change beforehand and made a few important updates to SEO SpyGlass (adding more new backlink sources and upgrading the old ones). 3) Link count will even grow in a few weeks! Right now we're already running in-house tests of an own multi-billion database of links. This means that you will have a new, very backlink-rich channel for pulling links. You'll be able to use it in SEO SpyGlass in just a couple of weeks. So, as you see, there's no need to worry - with SEO SpyGlass you won't be caught off guard. If you're still relying on any other free backlink research tool, this might be high time you switched to SEO SpyGlass as it's already the best desktop backlink finder and is about to beat even online services for backlink search.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        SpyGlass has been working fine for me. It used about 10 different sources for pulling backlinks, so there has always been a lot of overlap there.

        I ran a couple checks on sites today to compare to results I had previously. One site had 1852 links 2 weeks ago, 1843 links today. Another site had 1123 two weeks ago, 1220 today.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
          Yep by utilizing a variety of link sources Spyglass just became even more indispensable
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          • Profile picture of the author tdzido
            What link sources do you use in Spyglass?

            I've just pulled the list of their engines and EXCLUDING local country search engines. The ones left are Alexa, Blekko, Dogpile, Exalead, Excite, IceRocket, Google, of which ONLY Blekko and IceRocket are available in the free version.

            I'm getting 7 backlinks total from them, earlier I was always maxing out at 1000.

            This software has become unusable for me now.

            What sources do you use in Spyglass? Which ones are working good for you?

            Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

            Yep by utilizing a variety of link sources Spyglass just became even more indispensable
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            • Profile picture of the author tdzido
              Here is what I got from SEO Spyglass support:

              thanks for contacting us.

              Well, Yahoo! Site Explorer was closed down the other day.

              BUT that's not the only backlink source that is available in . SEO SpyGlass can retrieve backlinks from a variety of search engines (Blekko.com, a new and very promising SE, is among them).

              AND! In a couple of weeks or so we will have a new, very backlink-rich channel for pulling links in SEO SpyGlass! At the moment we are still running in-house tests of it. But as soon as all the tests are over, we will let you know.

              Sorry for this temporary inconvenience.
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        • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
          Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

          SpyGlass has been working fine for me. It used about 10 different sources for pulling backlinks, so there has always been a lot of overlap there.

          I ran a couple checks on sites today to compare to results I had previously. One site had 1852 links 2 weeks ago, 1843 links today. Another site had 1123 two weeks ago, 1220 today.
          That's great. But you know what the problem is with Spyglass? The time it takes to run queries.

          Sure, you can fine tune it, but you can't check backlinks and other variables on the fly like you used to.

          Obviously the death of YSE means added time to just about every serious SEO's daily routine.

          To me, its the time savings that YSE provided that made it such a valuable tool.
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          • Profile picture of the author strawberryfields
            Originally Posted by RevSEO View Post


            Obviously the death of YSE means added time to just about every serious SEO's daily routine.

            To me, its the time savings that YSE provided that made it such a valuable tool.
            I completely agree, that is what has frustrated me the most about this, the change in routine and the added time it is now going to take to get the data.

            Personally I feel this is going to be even worse when it comes to creating new sites, as before I could just use SEOQuake to show me the Site Explorer banklink data for the sites ranking in any Google search. Now that is going to take so much more time and effort, unless of course there is a toolbar out there that does something similar.
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            • Profile picture of the author Vikby
              agree with Mike and Mike - on my end, no changes have been detected in the amount of links seo spyglass collects so provider must have figured some sort of replacement to fill in the void
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          • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
            Originally Posted by RevSEO View Post


            Sure, you can fine tune it, but you can't check backlinks and other variables on the fly like you used to.

            Yes thats the biggest bummer for me. Seoquake was great for getting a quick snapshot of competition on the front page of a serp. If they don't come up with some viable alternative then i may just uninstall it which was unthinkable for me before.
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        • Profile picture of the author RightGood10
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          • Profile picture of the author guynextdoor
            Yahoo missed again the chance to develop a new income source.

            As far as i figured out yet - there is NON fast enough backlink checker database for free.

            I builded many tausend's backlinks for one of my pages last month, and ranking high allready coming from nowhere - NOT one of the free tools is indexing just some links from the last 4 weeks. No way to know anymore what the concurence is doing right now.

            Majestic SEO seems to be the answer.. i hope tools like SEO Spyglass will update to include them (payd). But also Majestic SEO is way slower with indexing NEW backlinks then yahoo or google.

            Any other idea around?
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  • Profile picture of the author penpoint
    So if Site Explorer is now a part of Bing Webmaster Tools (BWT), why not just sign up for BWT and continue using it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Fraggler
    Open Site Explorer's free account gives you complete access to all the backlinks it has recorded for your site. You just need to download the CSV file to access them. Create yourself some Excel macros to quickyl display the data (pivot tables etc) and bob's your uncle!

    Majestic SEO's backlinks history feature is very handy though.
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  • Profile picture of the author dadamson
    Most link-checking softwares will be updating their sources and providing more avenues for finding links so I wouldn't worry too much about it.

    Keep a record of your created links in a spreadsheet. This is the most reliable way as all link checking softwares won't find 100% of your backlinks anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author highstake
    Yahoo Site Explorer was the best tool as it was free too. I think it is a great shock to SEO industry. I am just waiting for the time when Google will show the backlinks of a site (which it shows in webmasters tool)through link command. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author EvanHinrichsen
    I'm spewing i didn't know about it!
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  • Profile picture of the author cagliostro
    Guys, Spyglass is working for you ? For me the last 2-3 days it shows zero backlinks to whatever i check.
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    • Profile picture of the author SEOtraveler
      working fine for me right this moment
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      • Profile picture of the author cagliostro
        Originally Posted by SEOtraveler View Post

        working fine for me right this moment
        Do you have any of the 2 APIs in the settings Enabled ?
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        • Profile picture of the author SEOtraveler
          Originally Posted by cagliostro View Post

          Do you have any of the 2 APIs in the settings Enabled ?
          no I dont enable api otpion on ssg ever as it severely limits seo spyglass "oomph" especially in the case of google and yahoo is kind of pointless anyway as yse is gone so selecting yahoo api essentially does nothing imo
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  • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
    MajesticSEO is the best backlink checker at this moment. Anyway we missed a big tool for SEO
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  • Profile picture of the author artion
    SEO Spyglass works perfect for me, paid version is mutch better
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    Looks like I'll have to give Spyglass another try. I relied pretty heavily on the backlink checker inside of SB. Though I've heard that they're looking for an alternative.
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  • Profile picture of the author usearchme2
    nice post glad someones put how to use blekko i bet their hits spike like you wouldnt know haha

    Ste
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  • Profile picture of the author jacksite
    Bad to know yahoo site explorer closed down. But still some good tools out there
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  • Profile picture of the author Clyde
    You guys forgot Ahrefs.com
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    • Profile picture of the author discustipated
      I found domain-pop.com this morning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Boheema
    Thanks for all the info fellas. Tried to check out domain-pop.com, but it looks like they need to reconfigure or change servers due to all the traffic they must be getting since Site Explorer shut down. Still pissed that Yahoo would shut down such a cool feature without a clear replacement. I guess that's one reason Yahoo is in the position they're in business wise...just poor decision making.
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  • Profile picture of the author usearchme2
    I checked out Ahrefs.com

    does seem pretty good from a quick look around

    Woc
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  • Profile picture of the author jeff09
    Majestic SEO is good one
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  • Profile picture of the author usearchme2
    yup agreed jeff

    Seems there are loads out there and we all relyed on site explorer seems tehy might be moer better options out there.

    Ste
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  • Profile picture of the author Marc_L
    I get so much fewer results with seo spyglass (paid PRO) than for instance ahref.com. I have all the American sources ticked.

    A domain I am researching has 447 results in spyglass and 23k in ahref. Those can't all be dupes. Also Smoz open explorer comes up with 4500 links.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      Originally Posted by Marc_L View Post

      I get so much fewer results with seo spyglass (paid PRO) than for instance ahref.com. I have all the American sources ticked.
      Yes. My earlier enthusiasm that they would have enough sources is no t panning out. Someone indicated that they were coming out with more but I have to wonder how effective that will be when most of the companies that have large databases from their own crawlers have their API on lockdown.

      Without solid options that have an API for spyglass to pull from I might have to go to pulling data from multiple sources. Real pain.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fraggler
    Marc, can you extract the list from ahref and see how many actually have a link on them? That number might give a better indication of which service is the most up to date. When I was researching one to join MajesticSEO was regarded to have the most complete and up to date database but it's a bit confusing to use.
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    • Profile picture of the author Marc_L
      Originally Posted by Fraggler View Post

      Marc, can you extract the list from ahref and see how many actually have a link on them? That number might give a better indication of which service is the most up to date. When I was researching one to join MajesticSEO was regarded to have the most complete and up to date database but it's a bit confusing to use.
      I don't have a premium account with ahref yet. I can only extract 500, I've been trying to export the data from smoz but its taking a while.

      update:

      Of the 500 links I extracted from ahref 414 were unique domains, of which, 331 had the backlink intact. Of the 500 extracted links only 53 are from unique domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author gtk29
    Why did Yahoo! do it? It could become a major source of revenue for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author ScottM2
    Any use seobook toolbar, I just to love it because it would show yahoo links from every site u went to. Is there anything like that now?
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    • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
      Originally Posted by ScottM2 View Post

      Any use seobook toolbar, I just to love it because it would show yahoo links from every site u went to. Is there anything like that now?
      Nope, unfortunately not. Most of the solutions are web-based, or software based applications. Meaning that you need to be logged in to their website (MajesticSEO/OpenSiteExplorer) or run a desktop solution such as SEO Spyglass.
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