Here Is The Next BEST Thing That Replaces Yahoo Site Explorer!

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For the past 7 days since Yahoo Site Explorer was shut down, I've been pissed and going back and forth with a lot of tools both online tools and software applications trying to find something that would even give me a close definition of YSE but up until now, I didn't find any.

I first ran to SEO Spyglass and downloaded their latest version after reading their press release here claiming that though Yahoo Site Explorer is shut down that they won't be affected but honestly, that was a big lie.

I mean I had big hopes for these guys but they literally disappointed me, the results they were showing me was utterly weird and I just knew they were wrong so I decided to some sample tests...

I loaded one of my websites with over 1,500 backlinks and it returned only 34 backlinks then I decided to try on my other site with around 200 backlinks but SEO Spyglass returned only 40 backlinks, the whole thing was a big mess up.

It was a big mess and if I took such result to a competition, I was guaranteed to fail as SEO Spyglass now depend on the Blekko API and if you know what you are doing, you already know that Blekko is everything but good for researching backlink profiles */it's a waste of time/*

So, I continued my search to find a good tool and I've tested out so many tools out there, in the last 5 days, I've spent over $300 paying premium monthly charges to find any tool that will give me good results (good thing, I'm about to cancel all of them).

At first, OpenSiteExplore.org costing $99 a month was looking good but when I start using it deep, there were a lot of shortcomings on the features, it couldn't just meet up the required results.

I checked on many others, trust me... I already checked that one you want to recommend right now.

Till now, I read this post "The First REAL Free Alternative to Yahoo Site Explorer" and I got introduced SEO Attack | Free, Easy and Simple Backlink Analysis and so far, it's the best stuff that I've seen and from my personal opinion, it's far better than Yahoo Site Explorer combined with any other site explorer.

I'm nothing short of amazed by the features and their very friendly user interface, I highly recommend you check them out if you are looking for something better than Yahoo Site Explorer or any other site explorer tools you may be using now.

I hope you like it...

Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    Looks pretty decent.

    Though what I miss most about YSE was the ability to plug literally thousands of pages into Scrapebox and grab all of the backlinks at once. (Was also great for analyzing the competition of page 1 for your keywords.)
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    • Profile picture of the author Gdetonator
      Originally Posted by JSProjects View Post

      Looks pretty decent.

      Though what I miss most about YSE was the ability to plug literally thousands of pages into Scrapebox and grab all of the backlinks at once. (Was also great for analyzing the competition of page 1 for your keywords.)
      Yea, most people missed that one too but now that things are shaken up, I'm pretty sure they will start working together to come up with some kind of integration for the new site explorers.

      I hope SEO Spyglass catches the cold soon or I will rid them of the 50MB space they occupy on my hard disk
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  • Profile picture of the author BarryOnline
    Seoattach.org doesn't show any back links pointing to my site when there's quite a number.

    I've also been looking for a good new alternative to yahoo site explorer.

    At the moment I'm using - Ahrefs - Backlinks & SERPs Research Tool which seems to be good.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevenalowe
    excellent resource, thank you!

    I always disliked yahoo explorer (and the scary firefox toolbars) anyway; the interface and explanations of this are much better
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    • Profile picture of the author Gdetonator
      Originally Posted by BarryOnline View Post

      Seoattach.org doesn't show any back links pointing to my site when there's quite a number.

      I've also been looking for a good new alternative to yahoo site explorer.

      At the moment I'm using - Ahrefs - Backlinks & SERPs Research Tool which seems to be good.
      How many backlinks are we talking about here lad cos I just checked and the tool is functioning well on my site that has more than 8,000 backlinks (it's showing them all) though it took time to load but my internet is a bit slow now so 'm not surprised.

      Maybe you are having some kind of internet speed trouble and it's SEOAttack.org

      Originally Posted by stevenalowe View Post

      excellent resource, thank you!

      I always disliked yahoo explorer (and the scary firefox toolbars) anyway; the interface and explanations of this are much better
      ha ha, I liked the combination of Yahoo Site Explorer, SEOQuake and SEO Spyglass but I guess, now... that combination will be no more.

      SEO Attack seems to be all in one for me now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Ditfort
    Man, my SEOQuake don't work no more, It's annoying!

    Thanks for this hopefully it can help in one way or another

    Chris.D
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    • Profile picture of the author tylerjaysen
      Originally Posted by Chris Ditfort View Post

      Man, my SEOQuake don't work no more, It's annoying!

      Thanks for this hopefully it can help in one way or another

      Chris.D

      yeah my SEOquake no worky either...ugh. I noticed that the yahoo explorer link now takes you to the Bing webmaster tools and what a joke that is.

      Is the paid version our only option here? I'm sure that a free version will come along shortly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce99
    you know, for a manual linking guy with not too many sites to analyse seoattack seems ideal.

    Cant believe the arrogance of MSN in closing the yahoo service down like no one was using it. Guess thats what followers do? Anyway, thanks for the great heads up, now its just a matter of learning how to use the filters and record the data that will take a little time.
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  • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
    So is SEOAttack scraping the web or utilizing LinkScape, as noted at the bottom of their website?

    If its the latter, how is it any better than any of the other resources? I know that sounds critical but...

    Unfortunately I just tried using it, and before I actually figured out how to use it I exhausted my free lookups.

    Not so user friendly, although I may end up taking a look at it tomorrow when I get my free limits removed again.
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  • Profile picture of the author BravoOne
    SEO attack is great!
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  • Profile picture of the author braincandy7
    Thanks! I was searching and trying out other services yesterday but they all came up crap. Will give this a go! Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author SEOtraveler
      Please explain the info as seen on here: SEO Attack | Free, Easy and Simple Backlink Analysis

      500 searches / day + 200 link depth

      Does that mean that for $99.97.mo I get 10,000 links? if so how are you a better deal than linkscape from which the data seems to be pulled?
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      • Profile picture of the author Gdetonator
        Originally Posted by Chris Ditfort View Post

        Man, my SEOQuake don't work no more, It's annoying!

        Thanks for this hopefully it can help in one way or another

        Chris.D
        I'm sure it will, tell me how it goes when you try it out

        Originally Posted by Bruce99 View Post

        you know, for a manual linking guy with not too many sites to analyse seoattack seems ideal.

        Cant believe the arrogance of MSN in closing the yahoo service down like no one was using it. Guess thats what followers do? Anyway, thanks for the great heads up, now its just a matter of learning how to use the filters and record the data that will take a little time.
        MSN sucks, I can even stand them

        Originally Posted by braincandy7 View Post

        Thanks! I was searching and trying out other services yesterday but they all came up crap. Will give this a go! Cheers
        You are welcome, I hope it helps you a great deal...
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    Thanks but it sounds like an expensive monthly subscription
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  • Profile picture of the author seoed
    I just discovered this site: https://www.majesticseo.com

    Seems to work pretty well.
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    • Profile picture of the author outwest
      Originally Posted by seoed View Post

      I just discovered this site: https://www.majesticseo.com

      Seems to work pretty well.
      I dont think that shows anchor text
      or
      PR of backlinks

      otherwise they would be showing in Market Samurai (who uses Majestic SEO)
      and they are not showing in Market Samurai
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  • Profile picture of the author Dmreed4311
    so it says its free but it really isnt free, thats a first!!!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author satrap
      Originally Posted by Dmreed4311 View Post

      so it says its free but it really isnt free, thats a first!!!!!
      Exactly!

      This one is even worst. It even shows you an option to register for free o you can see more data, but when you actually try to register, it only gives you paid options. There is no page fore registering for free.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gdetonator
        Originally Posted by Fraggler View Post

        Not user friendly? It can't get much simpler. It does a great job of presenting the Linkscape data!
        I second this...

        Originally Posted by RevSEO View Post

        Considering I accidently used up my free credits trying to figure it out, its not user friendly.

        Like I said, I'll re-evaulate it but if its nothing more than reproducing Linkscape's data I'm not really sure the point.
        They do have a free registration that allows up to 10 queries daily and their basic plan of $10 monthly which is way too cheap compared to others.

        Originally Posted by outwest View Post

        Thanks but it sounds like an expensive monthly subscription
        Then you would definitely want OpenSiteExplorer.org off the internet for good for their pricing, right?

        Originally Posted by Fraggler View Post

        It shows more data than the free version of Open Site Explorer and I believe presents it in a user friendly interface. It is cheaper than upgrading your SEOMoz account ($99/month).

        It's naturally pointless if you don't trust SEOMoz's data and proprietry metrics.

        I believe that SEOMoz and Majestic SEO are the main players in crawling their own backlinks (but I haven't had a long enough look at Blekko yet). A tool that makes using either of their databases easy is a winner for me.
        Simple comment "Blekko SUCKS!"

        Originally Posted by seoed View Post

        I just discovered this site: https://www.majesticseo.com

        Seems to work pretty well.
        Yea nice stuff but I prefer SEOAttack.org

        Originally Posted by Dmreed4311 View Post

        so it says its free but it really isnt free, thats a first!!!!!
        What is really free on this earth? What we all get is free trials

        Originally Posted by MemberWing View Post

        It shows less than 1/10-th of all existing (as reported by Google webmasters tools) backlinks for me. Same as other tools.
        No go.
        I wouldn't trust Google webmasters tools to count my backlinks for me, but you could try Ahrefs.com to see if it will help you.

        Originally Posted by satrap View Post

        Exactly!

        This one is even worst. It even shows you an option to register for free o you can see more data, but when you actually try to register, it only gives you paid options. There is no page fore registering for free.
        Are you kidding me?

        Originally Posted by Fraggler View Post

        There is a link at the bottom of the popup to say "No Thanks, I'll Stick With the Free Account".
        Most of them are always scared away by payments so they don't even bother looking wall, they close the page the second they see $$$
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  • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
    It shows less than 1/10-th of all existing (as reported by Google webmasters tools) backlinks for me. Same as other tools.
    No go.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ezra Anderson
    Yes yes yes!

    A free tool that actually does a decent job of finding backlinks!

    Thank you so much!
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  • Profile picture of the author boxoun
    So you are basing value of tool with amount of links they return?

    Imo that is not optimal strategy. If that was the case then go with majesticseo.

    The most important thing is to familiarize yourself with the info a certain tool brings back and analyze with serp movements.

    Some tools/service report to only show backlinks that carry juice.

    If that's the case, then number of backlinks don't matter.

    Pick one you like. Understand what the number means. Test test test.
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  • Profile picture of the author linkbuildr
    OSE and MajesticSEO.com is way better than that tool....
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  • Profile picture of the author Kris79
    ahrefs seems to be good alternatives, because it shows not only number of backlinks but also number of differnet C-class IP address that are linking to.
    Disadvantage: you must do research for each individual site separetelly.
    I don't know if there is any tool that will pull out results from ahrefs for whole SERP.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Williamson
    How can I get backlink and anchor text data for a subpage of a website rather than just a top level domain? This tool doesn't seem to work for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    There is NOTHING that beats ahrefs
    that is ALSO FREE
    http://ahrefs.com/
    ahrefs is awesome free tool , blows away SEO Majestic free tool

    however I cant seem to get ahrefs to work today
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  • Profile picture of the author Osman_M
    How accurate is the data though compared to yahoo site explorer?
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    • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
      Originally Posted by Osman_M View Post

      How accurate is the data though compared to yahoo site explorer?
      Horrible-to-useless. Site explorer was the closest to Google webmaster tools. All these services are missing the mark by the mile - like reporting 1/10 of backlinks that actually exists.
      I just signed for Bing webmasters tool and it's in useless-to-defunc state even for sites I own. Which leaves me with only option to use only Google webmasters tools for my own stuff, and leave competition alone :-/

      Gleb
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  • Profile picture of the author Fraggler
    That's a good point, Osman. When I get some time I plan on running a few comparisons to see which ones contain the most up to data database of live links. Aesthetics and functionality are important but it's all useless if the links are out of date.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fraggler
    Gleb, Yahoo Site Explorer was popular but it wasn't accurate. It seemed like it took forever to remove dead links. GWT does show a lot more links these days but it's usless for competition analysis.
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    • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
      Originally Posted by Fraggler View Post

      Gleb, Yahoo Site Explorer was popular but it wasn't accurate. It seemed like it took forever to remove dead links. GWT does show a lot more links these days but it's usless for competition analysis.
      YSE was the closest to Google info. In my experience it was updated pretty often (at least for my sites). But in our world nothing is perfect i guess

      Gleb
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  • Profile picture of the author Cash37
    great tool. Learned that I have a site in DMOZ through this!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    New alternative...

    Site Explorer Pro
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    • Profile picture of the author Beardo
      Every FREE site I have tried has restricted number of back link results or it lists all back links but doesn't show anchor text, page rank etc.

      I guess there is no such thing as a free lunch when it comes to backlink tools.
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