SEO has evolved and undergone many changes over the years, but one of the things that remain are immovable backlinks. A backlink is a link or reference that some other webpage linked to our website/blog.
Not long ago, the position occupied your web site in Google was determined largely by the number of backlinks you had, the greater the number of backlinks the better position. In 2015, however, what really matters is how many quality links you are linking or linked.
Last year, the Google algorithm update aimed -Google Penguin- the private blog networks and low-quality links.
Why do I need a tool for BackLinks?
The backlinks are still very important, and even more controlled than before, yet are a decisive factor in the positioning of a website’s backlinks are of two types: Dofollow links and nofollow links. I suggest to watch the video below to understand it more deeper.
When we talk about creating backlinks we are usually referring to create dofollow links, which are usually the most interesting. Using these tools checkeo of backlinks, we can count how many backlinks pointing to our website, which pages come from and what is the quality of these backlinks.
4 best free tools to check backlinks
In this tutorial I will talk about the 4 best free online tools to check backlinks for any website and you find out what other sites link to you or your competitors.
It is a complete SEO tool that you can discover all the backlinks of any web site, plus valuable information as the anchor-text, type of link (nofollow, dofollow), length of link, country and more. This tool also allows you to export 1000 backlinks in .csv format. Probably one of the best options for free tools to check backlinks.
2. SEO Spyglass
The free version of SEO SpyGlassh allows you to view the first 1100 backlinks for any website (up to a maximum of 5 daily checks). With this tool you can also access other important information like page rank, anchor text, link value, age of the domain, etc.
This is not an online tool, so you’ll have to download the program and install it on your computer.
SEO SpyGlass has two paid versions. Professional, with a cost of € 124.75 and Enterprise with a cost of € 299.75.
To use Bing Webmaster Tools, you need to sign up for the service and verify ownership of your site before to see backlinks and other SEO statistics.
This tool is free, no paid version, but with it can only access backlinks and SEO information regarding your own website and not your competitors.
Bing Webmaster Tools can also export the results in CSV format.
RankSignals is another free tool (you need to register and create an account) that lets you discover the backlinks for any website as well as other useful information such as PageRank, link, anchor text, link type, etc.
They have also developed an extension for Chrome called Quick Seo