Though SEO in 2012 has changed a lot and it’s not only about backlinks, but still backlinks is one of the biggest backbone of SEO. Unlike old days, now it’s important to get quality backlinks from good PR blogs instead of lots of backlinks from low PR blogs. In recent days, Google link spam algo update, killed all the private blog networks and devalued links. Anyhow, as a blogger we concentrate on getting quality links to our site and 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: Even SEMRUSH added backlink analytic feature.
List of useful Online Backlink Checker Websites:
One thing which you need to keep in mind, that many of them will now show correct stats and you might see a huge difference. Though, after testing I have pointed out some of the best backlink checker site among them, but I also suggest you to look into Traffic travis (a desktop SEO software) or SEMRUSH, which is also very useful to check and analyze links to your site.
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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W3tool’s Backlink Checker:
W3Tool Backlink Checker allows you to enter up to 10 blog URLs in one go. It provides you the number of backlinks your blog has got in Google, Yahoo, AltaVista and alltheweb. If you have a blog network and want to check backlinks of all blogs together then W3tool Backlink Checker is for you.
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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>
I also used SEOMOZ premium account, which sends weekly report where you can get more detailed backlink and keyword ranking report. But for free options, all the above mentioned backlink tools and traffic travis is the best.