Checking  backlinks is a very important part of most SEO specialists.  Whether it is to spy on a competitor, or just to check exiting links to a client’s site, the process can take a lot of time and resources.  In this post we would like to look at a few online tools, providing this functionality.  If you have any other suggestions, please let us know.

Yahoo Site Explorer

This is probably one of the most used Backlink checkers on the internet.  It might not give you enough detail and limit you to only 1 000 results, but it will still give you a good indication of who is linking to a specific site.


Links Rank

Links Rank is up and running for only a few months now, but if your site is already indexed by this site, you will see exactly which domains are linking to your site.  You can also see the Anchor Text and the number of times they have been linked with.  This site does not give you the exact pages the links are coming from, but I’m sure they will add this functionality in the future.


Open Site Explorer

Open site Explorer, is also a very nice tool, but you need to subscribe to be able to use all of the functionality of the site.  Again, they have a large database of pages already indexed, and you can also see the anchor text used for each link.


Please tell us which tools you are using to check backlinks.