Link Analysis Tools: The Death of Yahoo Site Explorer and What To Use Instead

Yahoo Site Explorer

Have you been using Yahoo Site Explorer to analyze the backlinks of your competitors?

Have you been using this link analysis tool to check the new backlinks to your own site?

I’ve been using Yahoo Site Explorer for several years as a reliable link analysis tool however Yahoo has announced it is shutting down their SEO Tool as a result of the Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance

Yes, Yahoo is transitioning the backend of their organic search results to the Microsoft platform. Yahoo recommends using Microsoft’s (Bing) Webmaster Tools as the source for webmasters analytics data.

What will Bing Webmaster Tools provide for webmasters?

It will view your website as Bing does. Some of the analytics it includes are:

  • Crawl activity
  • Index coverage
  • Traffic statistics
  • Which sites, with anchor text, are linking to your website.
  • Ability to upload sitemaps, block specific URLs
  • Research which keywords are driving traffic to your site.

To sign up for Bing Webmaster Tools go to:

Should you optimize your website for Yahoo! and Bing Search engines separately in the future?

Yahoo!’s organic results will be powered by Microsoft’s search platform in all parts of the world. After that point, any optimization that you do on Bing Webmaster Center tool will be reflected in Yahoo! organic search results.

Other Link Analysis Tools

Open Site Explorer
Get data on up to 1,000 links and unlimited use for Free

Google Webmaster Tools
Free, and shows both a list of inbound links pointing to a domain as well as the anchor text found in those inbound links.

Majestic SEO
Offers a free account, and paid “credits” that allow users to analyze competitors.

Market Samurai
This software offers a comprehensive set of SEO tools (includes Majestic SEO for checking backlinks). The free trial will give you the basic SEO tools with the option to upgrade to the paid version if you want to use the more advanced tools.

Read my Market Samurai review article titled:
How to Outrank Your Competitors in the Search Engines

This software provides a comprehensive suite of SEO tools which include:

  • Backlink Checker
  • Broken Link Checker
  • Keyword Research Tool
  • SEO Analyzer
  • SEO Checklists
  • Search Engine Submissions
  • Buzz Tracker
  • Partner Link Checker
  • SE Rank Checker
  • Ranking Reports in HTML. Excel or PDF formats

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