In terms of SEO, a lot has changed in last couple of years, but one thing which remains the same is Backlink. In old days your site would rank higher based on number of backlinks you have got, but in 2014 it’s all about how many quality links you are getting. Last year, Google Penguin algo update killed all the private blog networks and devalued low quality links. In this tutorial, I will be talking about some of the best online backlink checker websites, which you can use to check how many backlinks your website have got.
More about backlinks:
Why you need Backlink checker tools?
When any website links to your site or any page of your site from his Website, it’s call backlinks. Backlinks used to be one of the most important parameter for high page rank and better keyword ranking. Though with time, Google demoted the priority of Backlinks and added more signals in order to rank a website. Backlinks are usually categorized in two ways: Dofollow backlinks and no follow backlinks. When we talk about creating back-links, we usually concentrate on creating dofollow links and using these backlink checker tools, we count how many back-link we have created for our site. Also, a good number of backlink helps in improving page rank and also mozrank of our site.
Here are few online free backlink checker tools which will help you to see all the incoming backlinks to your Website. You can select anyone of these tools according to your requirement. Few of them gives detailed results and few gives results in number of backlinks but the best part in all of them is none of them requires registration or signup which makes the process quick.
- Update: SEMRUSH added backlink analytic feature.
List of useful Online Backlink Checker Websites:
SEMRUSH is one tool that I have been using for almost 2 years and with the new features they are adding, it’s making it a complete robust SEO tool. Before I talk about backlink checking feature of SEMRUSH, let me tell you that it’s not a free too, but you can use this special link to use SEMRUSH completely free for first 14 days which cost $149. Getting back to the feature, they have an extensive database which is updated every day and you will be able to check check your website backlink status accurately. Here is a screenshot of their main page where I’m checking backlink status of my blog.
Do notice the way their domain overview report shows the details like which TLD’s zone is linking you to the most and you can also find details about country you getting most link from. You can use SEMRUSh to check backlinks for your website or for your competitor website. They also have a backlink comparison tool which you can use to compare your domain backlinks with others, and get a complete report. Here is one such report:
Overall SEMRUSH is one tool that you should use right now as a backlink checker. I have added the special link again below which will let you access it for free for 14 days. You can cancel anytime before 14 days and you will not be charged anything.
Here is a latest addition and I find this really worth mentioning here. It’s a paid backlink checker tool but you can get complete backlink analysis along with anchor text analysis of your site, when you register for free account. This tool offers great deal of detailed related to all backlinks to your site and with time, how your site links are increasing or decreasing. Specially after Penguin update, if you are hit by negative SEO, this tool will be your life saver, as you can get all the link details, along with percentage breakdown of anchor text pointing to your site. One of the best backlink checker tool in the whole list. < Check out Ahrefs>
BuzzSumo is one of my favourite tool for content marketing and they have a free and pro version. The pro version now added a feature to let you check backlinks to your domain or to any individual page. You also have an option to export existing links into .csv or Excel format. Check out BuzzSumo
Analyze Backlinks have a good clutter-free homepage to check back links of your blog. Apart from just entering the website URL, Analyze Backlinks gives you different options like don’t repeat backlinks from same domain, Show links only from homepage, Anchor Text, Total Links, Outbound Links and more. You can opt for any option according to your requirements.
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BacklinkWatch is one of the popular tools to check backlinks of your blog. But one thing which I don’t like about BacklinkWatch is it’s pop-ups of course we can close them with single click but pop-up ads always repeals me. BacklinkWatch provides you all details of backlinks of your blog.
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Open Site Explorer:
Of all the tools listed above, Open Site Explorer is my favorite online backlink checker site. It is worth trying if you want to compare backlinks between two or more domains. This tools work best when you have a paid account of SEOMOZ, though free tool is good enough to get you started for checking backlinks of yours and your competitor.
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Link Diagnosis provides you different options while checking backlinks for your blog like you need detailed report or optimized, you want to check backlink for single page or whole website, different kind of outputs and more. One thing you need to remember that Link Diagnosis works best with Firefox.
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Well these are some of the fastest and trusted Backlink checker tool which you can use right now for your blog. I would also suggest you to read the review of SEMRUSH which I shared earlier. Let me know if you know of any other tool which let you check backlinks in the fastest possible way. Don’t forget to share this post with others on Google plus and Twitter.