Question by Chris Towers: Anyone offer me advice for a Back-Link Checker?
Can anyone offer me a decent and reliable back-link checker. Obviously I have encountered many across the search engines and all of them tell a different story. One says I have 700, one says I have have over 2000 and another says there is no links found lol. Is there anyone that can offer me a reliable and trusted one? ill be much in your debt!! Thanks Chris
Answer by Jake
Many used to use the same data from the Yahoo site explorer which was retired some months ago, they have had to scramble and find alternate data sources, I’m not sure how many use their own spiders, but it is likely that most don’t examine the links on each of the billions of pages on the web.
Opensiteexplorer.org and backlinkwatch are two I’m familiar, OpensiteExplorer improving the quality of their spider data, although they actually reduced the number of sites they parsed, dropping low quality sites which tend to get more of the automated spam backlinks.
Ideally you would want to learn which backlinks are being credited by Google, I recall a Google rep at a conference examining the site of someone complaining about traffic, he found on his laptop that the majority of the 100 links to the site were being ignored by Google for being unnatural.
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