how do you check backlinks to a site?

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last time i used yahoo site explorer. Then i was using domain pop. But i guess both are closed.

Any ideas about good and reliable tools?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Davis
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      +1 For backlinkwatch. It's super simple and easy, just watch out for the pop-ups and ads...Seems that's the price for free services.

      Alternately if you use Google Chrome or Firefox for a browser you can install the WebRank SEO extension. It shows quite a bit more information about websites than just backlinks.
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    Google links: is usually pretty acurrate, but your site has to be indexed
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    Alexa can be a good option for you..
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    • Profile picture of the author Stephen Crooks
      It costs money but MajesticSEO is pretty darn good and has some awesome detail.
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      • Profile picture of the author WraithSarko
        Originally Posted by Steve Crooks View Post

        It costs money but MajesticSEO is pretty darn good and has some awesome detail.
        there is a free version of majestic that is useful also
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        • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
          Originally Posted by BlueOak View Post

          I use Market Samurai, it was BY FAR the best out there for rank checking and backlink checking. It's backlink checking is still awesome, but it's rank checking abilities have went really downhill since Google changed things up. Now you can only do 50 keywords a month and if you didn't buy it before the change I don't think you can even get free rank checks at all.

          Another tool that's great for checking backlinks is scrapbox...but it has some really dirty uses and is one of those frowned upon programs.
          Sorry, but Market Samurai was never the best at either of those things. That whole tool is a waste of money.

          Scrapebox has a lot of amazing uses. The only people frowning upon it are people that do not understand what it does or how it does it. It can be used in an entirely white hat way if someone chose to do that. One thing it does not do well though is check backlinks. Since Yahoo Site Explorer was taken down, it is virtually useless for checking backlinks.

          SEO SpyGlass is my first choice. It accesses about 10 different backlink databases to pull information from, inlcuding Blekko and Alexa.

          You can also take the backlinks from OpenSite Explorer, Majestic, and Ahrefs and import them into SpyGlass to pool all the data into one place. Plus SpyGlass will actually visit the pages and see if the links still exist.
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  • Profile picture of the author denysapu
    I more often and prefer to use Alexa or even Backlink Watch. Both were quite good.
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    • Profile picture of the author Labelguy dot net
      Originally Posted by denysapu View Post

      I more often and prefer to use Alexa or even Backlink Watch. Both were quite good.
      what are their difference?

      Any address for the first one?

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author yossi yagudaiv
    i suggest you to use seoquake ! (search it on google)

    it's a mozilla plugin - I think its a must for internet marketers !

    It shows you page ranks in real life when using the search engines backlinks and more !

    best tool ever ! helps allot !
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  • Profile picture of the author IMAdam
    Originally Posted by priyankeshu View Post

    last time i used yahoo site explorer. Then i was using domain pop. But i guess both are closed.

    Any ideas about good and reliable tools?
    Hi priyankeshu,

    I prefer ahrefs and alexa. I've seen some discrepancies with backlink watch on certain sites. And when you are checking multiple sites those seo pop ups get very annoying after a while.

    I usually try multiple tools.

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  • I use Traffic Travis - although free version will only let you have 2 active websites and it's expensive otherwise but a great tool
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  • Profile picture of the author BlueOak
    I use Market Samurai, it was BY FAR the best out there for rank checking and backlink checking. It's backlink checking is still awesome, but it's rank checking abilities have went really downhill since Google changed things up. Now you can only do 50 keywords a month and if you didn't buy it before the change I don't think you can even get free rank checks at all.

    Another tool that's great for checking backlinks is scrapbox...but it has some really dirty uses and is one of those frowned upon programs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Backlinko
    Ahrefs is the best tool by far. You can even get 5 free analysis per day.
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  • Profile picture of the author cluffy
    you can check open site explorer or spyglass (software) to check backlinks
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Kyle
    Originally Posted by priyankeshu View Post

    last time i used yahoo site explorer. Then i was using domain pop. But i guess both are closed.

    Any ideas about good and reliable tools?
    SEO Spyglass (even the free version here)
    linkdiagnosis.com (works in Firefox)
    ahrefs.com
    opensiteexplorer.org
    blekko.com (click on SEO link under result after searching domain.com)
    majestic seo
    Google Webmaster Tools (if your own site)
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  • Profile picture of the author Surminga
    Ahrefs for me, if you don't require doing much digging daily you can use the free version up to 5 searches a day, however I pay for the service and can search and see as much as I want from all my competitors
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  • Profile picture of the author Kreator517
    The seo powersuit free version will show you all the sites linking back to yours.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
    Ahrefs is the best one for me. This tool provides a quality interface to check most of parameters.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Greene
    There are several baklink watching sites available around the web but none of those site's result is perfect. They have got different results for the same site.
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  • Profile picture of the author aliraza00
    I normally prefer Backlink watch tool, It's quite cool.

    Thanks
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