5 Best Free Online Backlink Checker Tools


5 Best Free Online Backlink Checker Tools

With regard to SEO, much has changed in last couple of years, but one thing which remains the same is the backlink.

Formerly, your site would rank higher based on the number of backlinks you’ve gotten, but in 2015 it’s all about how many quality links you have.

Last year, Google’s Penguin algo update killed all the private blog networks, and devalued the low quality links. In this tutorial, I will be discussing some of the best online backlink checker websites you can use to check how many backlinks your website has gotten.

Backlink Checker Tools

More about backlinks:

Why you need backlink checker tools:

When any website links to your site or any page of your site from its website, this is called backlinks. Backlinks used to be one of the most important parameters for high page ranking and better keyword ranking. However 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 backlinks, we usually concentrate on creating dofollow links. Using backlink checker tools, we count how many backlinks we have created for our site. A good number of backlinks helps immensely in improving the page rank and also the mozrank of our site.

Following are some free online backlink checker tools which will help you to see all the incoming backlinks to your website. You can select any one of these tools based on your requirements. Some of them offer detailed results, while others offer only the number of backlinks, but none of them requires registration or signup which makes the process quick and easy!

  • Update: SEMRUSH added backlink analytic feature.

Find backlinks to your site with these backlink checker websites:


SEMRUSH is a tool that I have been using for almost two years, and with the new features they are adding, it is becoming a highly robust SEO tool.

Before I discuss the backlink checking feature of SEMRUSH, I must mention that it is not a free tool, but you can use this special link to try SEMRUSH completely free for 14 days.  If you find it to be a useful tool, its cost to purchase is $149.

SEMRUSH has an extensive database which is updated daily, allowing you to accurately check your website’s backlink status.  Here is a screenshot of their main page, where I’m checking the backlink status of my blog.

SEMRUSH Backlink overview report

Note how their domain overview report displays details such as which TLD’s zone is linking you to the most pages.  You can also find details about the country from which you are getting most links.

You can use SEMRUSH to check backlinks for your own website or for your competitor’s website.

They also have a backlink comparison tool which you can use to compare your own domain’s backlinks with others, and get a complete report. Here is one such report:

backlink comparison

Overall, SEMRUSH is a tool that you should be using right now as your backlink checker.

Here again is the special link which will allow you to try SEMRUSH for free for 14 days. (You can cancel anytime within the 14 day period, and you will not be charged.)

Use SEMRUSH backlink checker for free 




OpenLinkProfiler is one of the latest additions to the list of free backlink checker sites. This is a completely free tool which allows you to check the freshest backlinks (and all other backlinks) pointing to your site. You can also export 1000 of the freshest backlinks in .csv format. This tool is probably the best completely free option available for checking links to your site.


ahrefs link checker

AHrefs is a recent addition which I find to be worthy of mentioning here. It is a paid backlink checker tool, but if you register for a free account, you can get a complete backlink analysis along with an anchor text analysis of your site.

This tool offers a great deal of detailed related to all of the backlinks to your site, and with time you are able to see how your site links are increasing or decreasing.

Following the Penguin update, if you are hit with negative SEO, this will be a lifesaving tool for your site, as you can get all the link details along with a percentage breakdown of anchor text pointing to your site.

AHrefs is one of the best backlink checker tools on my list.

< Check out Ahrefs>


BuzzSumo Backlink Checker

BuzzSumo is one of my favorite tools for content marketing, and they offer a free version as well as a pro version. The pro version now has an added feature allowing you to check backlinks to your domain or to any individual page. You also have the option to export existing links into .csv or Excel format.

Check out BuzzSumo.



BacklinkWatch is one of the most popular tools for checking the backlinks of your blog. However, one feature of BacklinkWatch which I do not like is its use of pop-ups.  Pop-ups, of course, can be closed with single click, but pop-up ads always turn me (and many other users) off. BacklinkWatch does provide you with all the details of the backlinks of your blog.


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Open Site Explorer:

Of all the tools listed in this article, Open Site Explorer is my favorite.  If you want to compare backlinks between two or more domains, Open Site Explorer is definitely worth trying. This tool works best when you have a paid account of SEOMOZ, though a free version of this tool is good enough to get you started checking the backlinks of your site and the sites of your competitors.



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Link Diagnosis:

Link Diagnosis provides you with different options while checking backlinks for your blog.  For example, if you need a detailed report or optimization, or if you want to check backlinks for a single page or an entire website, Link Diagnosis allows you to do all of this.  It also offers various types of outputs and other features. It is important for you to know, however, that Link Diagnosis works best with Firefox.

backlink Diagnosis


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This article has pointed you toward some of the fastest and most trusted backlink checker tools that you can use right now for your blog. I would also suggest that you read the review of SEMRUSH which I shared earlier.

Let me know if you know of any other tools which allow you to check backlinks in the fastest way possible.

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  1. says

    openlinkprofiler is best addition I must say.It’s completely free.You can check for bad links which may have negative impact on search ranking.But I issue I always face while checking my back links is that,different tool shows different number of links.is their database is not updated or something else?

  2. Priyanka says

    Hello Mr.Harsh Agrawal
    your site would rank higher based on number of backlinks you have got, but in 2015 it’s all about how many quality links you are getting.

  3. says

    I use SemRush and Majestic and openlinkprofiler
    But you have a good tools in this article to learn abou them.
    Thanks for your information.

  4. Vivek Patel says

    The list is very good and openlinkprofiler which give me the good report my vote goes to openlinkprofiler for the free catagory. But this site is not good as well as ahrefs. Ahrefs provided me the very detailed report with all the backlinks but this service is paid if you wanna know complete detailed report.

  5. says

    Hey Harsh,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this tools with us, but its providing a limited backlinks. If you have any other backlinks checker tools that provides complete list of backlinks then please share with us ASAP!!!

  6. says


    You are providing quite good list and among them right now I’m using the semrush and opensiteexplorer. But from I’ll try other tools too so that I get more diversify my sites back-links result and create effective strategy for it.

    Best Regards..

  7. says

    Thanks Harsh for providing the list and I never knew about the no. 5th tool. However, I have been using the SEMRUSH and AHERFs for quite a while now. What i think is that SEMRUSH gives much accurate information. Sometimes i also found that there is a minute different bewtween the resuslts of two but sometimes it’s quite big! No matter what both of them only gives a dot to dot idea about the quantity. Hope to see them improving in the near future.

  8. says

    Hi Harsh
    You have provided a good list of backlink checker tools. I would like to mention one thing though. There are 2 major uses of these tools. And it is not to find out how many links you have. The uses are:

    1) Find out if any low quality spammy site is linking to you that may hurt your rankings.

    2) MORE IMPORTANTLY, finding out where other authority sites in your niche are getting links from. Are they getting from Guest Posts, Crowd Sourcing posts or what. This is the most important use of the aforementioned tools. It keeps you one step ahead of the competition.


  9. Ryan Biddulph says

    Hi Harsh,

    Nice tools. I use SEM Rush quite a bit for my freelance writing clients, checking stats for clients who need to have metrics down pat. I figure it’s one of the better backlink checking tools out there because it’s a trusted site. Either way, thanks for the helpful share bro, and good to be back.


  10. says

    Hi Harsh,
    I think majestic SEO is also another great free tool to check backlink of our own blog because currently I am using their free plan to check my backlinks and their service is same as premium backlink checker tools.

  11. says

    Hey Harsh,
    I have been using SEMrush to analyse backlinks. Recent Google update ruined one of my blog, but I have find and disavowed those links to get recovery. My blog is still in recovery mode but thanks to SEMrush for helping me to get solution.
    I have also used Ahref but did not liked it that much as SEMrush, because SEMrush is easy to use.

  12. Arhan jain says

    Before whenever i checked backlinks it used to show backlinks
    Now if i check in any of the backlink checker it shows no backlinks are available .
    But actually there are many baclinks .
    Why is it showing no backlinks available … Please anyone help me to sove this problem

  13. Vivek Jain says

    Nice to read this article for checking do-follow and no-follow backlinks.
    It’s really appreciable also to read these types of articles on your site.
    I am from always a big fan of your site.
    I applied this thing for many of my new blogs and getting unexpected results, which i want.
    Again thanks for sharing this wonderful information sir. :)

  14. says

    This is a nice list. I tried to find my backlinks through Alexa but they now require you to sign up for a premium account. Thanks for this list, it’s very handy.

  15. Kundan Raj Bhattarai says

    Hi All,
    I use Backlinkwatch to find the backlink to my site and to other sites. It lets me find which sites are pointing to the other site and compare my site as well others.

  16. Waheed Murad says

    Nice, Very Good Tool’s List to check Backlinks to your site.
    i prefer GWT of google, and other webmaster tools to check baklink, also alexa.com show it.
    Thanks for this great article dear :)

  17. Martin says

    Is there any other free backlink checker? Most times I use backlinkwatch, but it is not so good as ahrefs.

    • Snehal Joshi says

      One of the best tool to check and analysis your website plus competitor backlinks is opensiteexplorer.org or moz tool. Try it out it simply works.

  18. says

    Even though it cost $79/mo, I’ve been pretty happy with ahrefs.com. Only problem is of course they are often several weeks behind in what they are fully reporting, but alas, I can’t expect them to catalogue the entire internet every instant..!

  19. Jay says

    I’m not sure if all these tools are accurate actually. As many people already pointed out, it takes a long time for the backlinks to show, if they ever do. Opensiteexplorer is the most accurate in the list imo.

  20. Trion says

    You should always verify the reported backlinks with Backlink Falcon, Backlink Monitor, or whatever other software you have. The online checkers are good, but almost none of them weeds out the dead links and the duplicate urls. Some of them can easily report thousands of links, but once you remove all duplicate urls and dead links, you end up with a few hundred.

  21. jimmy says

    I used use ahrefs to check my websutes before, it is a really good backlinks checker, but i threw it away last, because of it has limit and i should pay for it if i want more.
    To the people who is doing seo, a professional backlinks checker is essential, so i find http://siteexplorer.info to replace it. this tool is similar with ahrefs, they are so good at checking backlinks, but the difference is that the one i said is free and no limit, it is just like a perfect ahrefs.

  22. Anil says

    I am using backlinkwatch since last 4 years… it’s great tool for backlinks —- I hope backlink watch is no.1 amond all other backlink tools….

  23. Deepak says

    I had followed your given links, but the two I suggest are the best. One is Open Site Explorer and the other is Backling Watcher. Thanks for your published article.

  24. Brad says


    I’m really confused about back links. I have been submitting articles to article directors, web directories, commenting on blog posts and also using socialadr, but when I use the back link checker, I notice that I do not have any back links. I have even submitted my first article to ezinearticles which was approved. Can someone tell me how long it takes for the back links to show up. What is the procedure?

  25. Saiful Amin says

    Thanks to for your collection of this seo tools. I agree with you about backlink checker but I chose opensite explorer. It is most powerful.

  26. The Believer says

    Hi Whiztechy,

    I came upon this article in my pursuit to look for a really reliable free backlink checker tool/site to check if the backlinks I’ve been trying very hard to manually build for my newly acquired PR 2 domain name for a domain monetize opportunity…and in my count I’ve so far already done 50+ manual backlink efforts for my domain name, but sadly none of these backlinks were reflected, or tracked, by all the tools you’ve mentioned in your article. I’m just frustrated to continuously work building backlinks without the guarantee that my efforts are really accounted for by search engines.

    Could you kindly give me some helpful advice?

  27. feri luhur says

    Agree Vivek, I ussually use analyzebacklinks, backlinkwatch, and opensiteexplorer. The 3 of this is the most accurate I think.

  28. Mars says

    These back link checker are used by me but i like ahrefs.com because it upadate almost every day and the others take some weeks even a month.

  29. Winnebago Hire says

    I agree totally with keshav. So whom should we trust. Which site , which script checks our site with every site and shows the correct accurate results.

  30. says

    It is such a shame the API keys have been stopped with Yahoo etc!!

    I think they should have still allowed the tool but possibly on a pay basis and they would have made a fortune!!

    I have checked all the available tools and not anyone is as good a the Yahoo tool was!!

  31. keshav says

    The problem I have with sites and scripts that show your backlinks is that they never give the same result. I’ve had sites claim I have thousands only to check another and it says I have about a dozen.

    • Jotish says

      I agree totally with keshav. So whom should we trust. Which site , which script checks our site with every site and shows the correct accurate results. May be it depends on the page rank of the sites on which we have backlink.

  32. Girish says

    Nice collection, this is very helpful.
    Few of the important tools which are missed is also mentioned in my article.
    Backlink Watch
    Yahoo site explorer

    are few of them.

  33. Jens P. Berget says

    I never keep track of my blacklinks, although I should. I just write, and promote my stuff, and network with other people.

    Looks like the services you’ve added will be of a lot of help.

    I’m not sure why we need to check our backlinks, is it because only then will we understand how to build backlinks (because we see what types of posts will get the backlinks, and what types of sites will be linking to ours)?

  34. Fareed khan says

    very nice sites all in this post, i use always backlinkwatch, now i jump to Analyze backlinks, because it having one great option “Don’t repeat backlinks from same domain:” i like it very much and t useful

  35. Dean Saliba says

    The problem I have with sites and scripts that show your backlinks is that they never give the same result. I’ve had sites claim I have thousands only to check another and it says I have about a dozen.

    I did check out the first one and actually found links I had left on long forgotten blogs that I used to enjoy reading but had lost their url. :)

  36. Nicholas Teo says

    I like Analyze Backlinks and Open Site Explorer, I do not like link diagnosis because it ask me to install a plugin. Thanks

  37. Kartik@DailyTechPost says

    Thanks for sharing this……Backlinks are important for any blog/site and thus tools to check them become all the more important :)

    • says

      Agree Kartik, Backlink are important and thus tools are also important. Hope blogger use these tools to keep track of backlinks for their blogs.

  38. seenu says

    We can use google search to know the back links of a site.
    Just type link:

    According to google shoutmeloud have 190 results(backlinks)

    • Tom Nguyen says

      I haven’t had good luck with using the link command in Google. It hasn’t produced as good as results as the Backlink Watch tool or the Google Webmaster tool. I think the Google Webmaster tool is the most accurate, but I can’t check up on competitors’ backlinks.

  39. sumanth says

    nice list to analysize the backlinks for my blog….plz answer this..is shoutmeloud a dofollow blog or nofollow blog???

  40. Deck says

    Awesome tools to check backlinks. Many tools are new to me.

    Going to check out. Thanks for sharing whitechy..!

  41. Blog the bank says

    Yeah I normally use backlink watch too thats how I’ve been growing my backlinks great post.

  42. Dinesh says

    Nice lists.
    Some how I like to stay with Google webmaster tools and yahoo site explorer to check my blog’s back links.

    Do you know Bing also started this service recently in their webmaster tools. Worth to check.

  43. Swamykant says

    Backlinks are very for optimizing the site for Search Engine and it affects SERP. Thanks for these excellent collection of tools.

  44. Brij says

    Nice Post !!!
    ButYahoo site explorer(King to watch backlink) is missing.
    Click on “Inlinks” and select “Except from this domain”, It will also display count of backlinks.

    even in google webmasters, you can see backlinks for the website.
    I would like to add these two in your list.

  45. rahul solanki says

    Open Site Explorer is best because we can check tracking of competitor’s blog backlinks with our blog

    • Whiztechy says

      Right Rahul, if you need to track competitor’s backlink, Open Site Explorer is best option. But its always better to have healthy competition with other bloggers.

      • Barbara Varovsky says

        I also used to be a fan of Open Site Explorer.

        However, recently I switched to WebMeUp Backlink Tool. The main reasons are:

        1) WebMeUp backlink tool finds a lot more backlinks;
        2) links are analyzed in more detail;
        3) you can analyze your competitors’ backlink strategies and get better understanding of how to outrank them.

        You can check webmeup. com website to learn more about the tool.

  46. Vivek Parmar says

    backlinks are necessary for any website to grow on web eespecially they are offering SEO service at that time your blog work as a great portfolio.
    There is o shortcut to build backlink you need to be consistent on building links without using blackhat seo techniques.

    • says

      Agree Vivek, there is no shortcut for building backlinks, if someone is using unethical way to build backlinks it won’t give good long term results.

      • Muhammad Irshad says

        I have been using White hat SEO despite that my client site has been hit very badly by Penguin 3.0. Can you share more better way to deal with Penguin 3.0.

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