I've been out of the SEO game for a bit (ok, quite a bit lol) So, what yahho's site explorer gone, what tools do people use to check incoming backlinks, for your site as well as your competitor's sites?
I did a quick google search but the ones I've found seem at best sub par, my site with hundreds of back links shows up as 0 links in most of them. The one at Bulk Backlink Checker - Majestic SEO seems decent as it at least shows number of links, ip diversity etc. Doesn't show where the links are actually coming from though (at least not the free version)
Obviously being able to check your competition's backlinks is an important part of determining how hard it will be to rank for a given keyword.
So I'd appreciate if you guys could share what programs (preferably free) you use to check for backlinks.