Hello everyone, in this post I am going to share some of the best free online backlink checker tools with the help of which you can easily monitor all the backlinks of your site and your competitors websites too. But wait a second, before sharing backlinks checker tools let me tell you in brief ” about link building and why you need these so called backlink checker tools“?
Link building (Backlinks) is and always will be the most important off page SEO factor for ranking high in search engines,but in the last two years SEO has changed a lot. I still remember when I was new in blogospher(3-4 years ago), it was very easy to rank blog posts in search engines by just increasing backlinks. It does not matter whether your backlinks were nofollow or dofollow ,whether they were from authority website or from spammy website , but now the game has changed completely.
Now Google and other search engines are giving importance to Quality and not to quantity. In addition Google has introduced Penguin Update for differentiating high quality and low quality backlinks. Just to let you know that high quality backlinks are links pointing to your website from authority website having high PR, Domain Authority, Alexa Rank and most importantly quality content. On the other hand low quality backlinks are links from spammy websites such as gambling and adult websites with low quality content.
So now, If you want to rank high in search engines then you need to create relevant and high quality backlinks as links from spammy websites will decrease your website ranking in search engines. Do check this article for getting high pagerank backlinks.
This is what Google Webspam Team Head “Matt Cutts” Has to say about Backlinks.
BacklinkWatch is one of the most popular online backlink checker tool used by bloggers and webmasters for checking website backlinks. The best part about Backlink Watch tool is that it is absolutely free and you can also see anchor text, page rank,total number of outbound links and whether the backlink is nofollow or dofollow. The only thing that I don’t like about BacklinkWatch is its pop-ups and the clutter of banner and text ads.
AHrefs is another powerful tool for checking website backlinks. It is SEO Guru’s favorite backlink tool and is also very user friendly. They update backlinks data after every 15 minutes and you can also see internal and external links,linking domains,anchors and best pages of a domain.It is also capable of checking ranking and competition on keywords that you use on your site.
The only drawback with Ahrefs.com is that their plans are very expensive especially for those who are new to blogging and internet marketing. Their basic plan start from $79 p/m and Premium plan costs $1299 p/m.They also provides free version, but in free version you can see first 10 backlinks of a website only.
3. Open Site Explorer
Open Site Explorer is created by SEOmoz and is available in both free and paid version. You can compare the backlinks of one or more domains and can see important insights, such as Anchor Text,page authority,domain authority,social metrics(avaible only to paid users) and most linked pages of any domain on Open Site Explorer.
4. Majestic SEO Tool
Majestic provides both free and paid plan. In free account it will not give you detail report , but you can see basic features like anchor text clouds, backlink attribute chart etc.Their paid plan starts from $50 p/m and you can check the history of each backlink, the new and lost links, anchor text distribution,no follow and dofollow links,the most linked pages, and a map with the referring hosting IP’s.
Link Dignosis is another free backlink tool that you can use to generate backlink report either detailed or optimized. It uses Open site explorer database to display backlink results. It,s up to you whether you want to check backlink for a single page or whole site. If you want the best out of Link Diagnosis then you should use it on Firefox with its extension installed.
The best thing about Small SEO Tools backlink Checker tool,is that it is 100 % Free, user friendly and is quite effective. Simply Enter your domain name and click on Check button. It will provide you full report of your website backlinks and will also show important metrics such as anchor text,whether the link are dofollow or nofollow, pagerank etc.
Backlinks can have both positive as well as negative effect on your website rankings, so always track your website backllinks with the help of these online backlink checker tools . If Anyone of you find any other good backlink tool then let me know though comments, I will add it in this article. Do share this article with your friends on social media. Happy Blogging.