The Free Yahoo Site Explorer used by almost every website owner and Search Engine Optimization specialist is no longer available from today (22 November 2011).

According to Yahoo: “With the completion of algorithmic transition to Bing, Yahoo! Search has merged Site Explorer into Bing Webmaster Tools. Webmasters should now be using the Bing Webmaster Tools to ensure that their websites continue to get high quality organic search traffic from Bing and Yahoo!”. Unfortunately Bing does not provide the same information as what Yahoo offered, and hopefully another company with step into this market to provide backlink information.

Majestic has offered their data at a premium rate of $250 per month. This is a bit steep for most of us that just want to view a few backlinks for our competitors.

Well, cant wait to see who will fill this gap in the next few months with a free service to discover links to websites.