My Three Favorite Backlink Research Tools for SEO

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Backlink Research Tools For Search Engine Optimization

One of the most important factors in off-site Search Engine Optimization (SEO), is backlinks. A backlink is simply a link from another website, to your website. Search engines see links as “votes”, so the more links, and quality, relevant links at that –  you have pointing to your site, the better. All else being equal, if you can get better backlinks than your competitors, you can outrank them. Given its importance to SEO, it’s frustrating that there isn’t one solidly reliable (free) tool with which to do backlink research. Backlink research can help you :

  • Find out what your website’s link profile is looking like, and what progress you’ve made
  • Do some competitive analysis in your niche – how well are competitors’ sites performing
  • Assess how much better you have to do in order to outrank your competitors.

There are several different tools available, some free and some requiring a paid subscription. You will probably need to consult a couple of sources to get a well-rounded concept of any site’s link profile.

Here’s three of my current favorite, free,  tools for this:

Blekko.com

You have to set up a free account, but it’s worth the couple of minutes that will take. Blekko provides quite a bit of helpful data on websites’ SEO profiles, including information on inbound links, crawl stats and more.

BackLinkWatch.com

This is quite an awesome tool for listing backlinks to a site. It will also indicated if a link is ‘nofollow’ and provide the anchor text for each link.

OpenSite Explorer.org

This tool is run by the mighty SEOmoz. As such, over time, the amount of info you can get for free has significantly decreased as they try and push their paid memberships. Still, when used in conjunction with other tools, it can still help flesh out your research.

Do you have any fave  SEO tools? Share in the comments!

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Gaurav SEO expert

    You can try ahrefs.com also for checking dofollow and nofollow backlinks of any particular sites. It also offers a well arranged manner of presenting backlinks with a percentage of Dofollow and nofollow backlinks. To find a suitable backlinks for your blog, you can try dropmylink.com as well. in the beginning of my blog,It played a vital role for increasing my Page rank =2 in only 2 months.

  2. vicky

    This is great! Thanks for the info-will give it a shot.

  3. Jeanne Melanson

    Thank you for these free tracking tools. I've signed up for them and look forward to 'playing' with them. All the best!

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