“Nothing happens in business until something gets sold“ – Thomas J. Watson Jnr, Chairman of IBM.
Ah, there’s a lesson here, right?
But, listen now… You cannot sell if you don’t have customers, can you?
Of course, you cannot. No customers mean no sales. It is as simple as that.
Perhaps you’re wondering – what it has to do with how to find competitors backlinks.
Now, here’s the thing. To get customers, you need traffic to your website. And that’s where it gets real tough.
How to build traffic?
Did you know that a massive 75% of all blogs in the world get less than 200 visitors per day?
It means, three out of every four bloggers in 2016 struggle… STRUGGLE building traffic to their websites!
Let me ask you – How do YOU build traffic?
Publish quality content on a regular basis – that way?
At least, most people do this. Because, by far, this is the most popular SEO teaching that you can find. If you ask how to optimize a website for SEO, almost everybody tells you:
“Publish great content. And publish it frequently. Eventually Google will find you, people will find you. Your rankings go up you and traffic to your site will skyrocket…”
Are we cooking?
Sadly, no. As I told you, 75% of all bloggers struggle to get traffic.
Any better way?
Pretty impressive, if you read it. Give it a try.
Why is it impressive?
It is impressive because… listen now… In Brian’s own words:
Seems to me, HIS method works way better than the world-famous “Publish and Pray” technique.
Hey, I want to try it!
However, Brian’s Skyscraper technique requires you to find your competitors backlinks. Therefore, you face the question – How to find those backlinks?
Well, Brian recommends using either Ahrefs, Open Site Explorer, or Majestic SEO tool.
All three are excellent backlink checkers. There is only one problem. They are not free.
Yes, they do have free trials, but if you want to have a backlink checker in your toolbox, you still have to order it.
That’s why I took the pain and put together the following list of backlink checker tools 2016.
The first 11 backlink checkers are payware, with free trials.
The last 10 are completely FREE tools.
Scroll through the list and give them a try. See which one do you like best.
Afrefs SEO tool is one of the best tools to analyze websites, check and build backlinks, track social media, etc.
Because Ahrefs is a power tool, it comes with a price tag. There are three different ahrefs.com monthly pricing plans:
- Lite – $39 (Free trial)
- Standard – $199 (Free trial)
- Advanced – $399.
Also, you can go yearly if you want.
Free Trial – YES.
Ahrefs offers Free 14-day Trial (for Lite and Standard pricing plans).
You must order either Ahrefs “Lite” or “Standard” subscription and they give you first 2 weeks free.
You can cancel your subscription at any time.
Open Site Explorer – Link Research and Backlink Checker by Moz.
It helps you to research backlinks, discover top pages, view social activity, analyze anchor text, etc.
There are four monthly pricing plans for Open Site Explorer:
- Standard – $99 /month (Free Trial)
- Medium – $149 /month (Free Trial)
- Large – $249 /month
- Premium – $599 /month
A Free Trial – YES.
Open Site Explorer offers you a free 30-day trial.
For that, you have to order their Standard or Medium Subscription (Note! Paypal or Creditcard required). The first 30 days you get free. After 30 days you pay either $99 or $149 per month.
Of course, when you cancel your subscription on time, they will not charge you.
Note! You can download Moz free SEO toolbar – the Mozbar. It helps you to streamline your SEO.
3. Majestic SEO
Majestic SEO tool – Marketing Search Engine and SEO Backlink Software
Includes backlink tools for SEO and Internet Marketing. Site Explorer shows inbound link and site summary data. Also, they advertise themselves as “the planet’s largest Link Index Database.”
Majestic Backlink Analyzer has four monthly subscription plans
- Silver Quarterly (3 months) – $49.99 /month
- Silver – $78.99 /month
- Gold – $169.99 /month
- Platinum – $399.99 /month
Note! Silver, Gold, and Platinum plans have a 7-day money-back guarantee.
Note! They offer you their Google Chrome Extension Majestic Backlink Analyzer. However, it is not free but comes with one of the monthly pricing plans.
Free Trial – free account only.
Monitor Backlinks – Check your bad backlinks and your competitor’s good links.
Includes Free Backlink Checker SEO tool. It helps you monitor your backlinks for good SEO rankings.
Monitor Backlinks gives a variety of pricing plans, which depend on 1) how many domains you want to manage, 2) whether you want to go monthly or yearly, and 3) whether you want competitors to be included or not.
Three lowest monthly pricing plans are
- Start (1 domain) – €18.50 + VAT (no competitor); €22.90 + VAT (with competitor)
- Plus (2 domains) – €32.90 + VAT (no competitor); €45.90 + VAT (with competitor)
- Professional (4 domains) – €65.90 + VAT (no competitor); €91.90 + VAT (with competitor)
Free Trial – YES.
Monitor Backlinks offers 30-day free trial. (NO Credit card required!) Easy to register and start the trial.
SEMrush – a power tool for competitor research, organic research, backlinks, keyword research, etc.
SEMrush offers three monthly pricing plans:
- Pro – $69.95 /month
- Guru – $149.95 /month
- Business – $549.95 /month
For this, you have to create a free account (No credit card required.)
WebMeUp.com – is an all-in-one SEO tool. It helps you see unique, important backlinks for any site, evaluate your links, download links of any competing sites, etc.
WebMeUp offers you three different pricing plans:
- Free – $0 (it is free, but quite a limited option)
- Standard – €59 /month
- Expert – $149 /month
As I just told you, WebMeUp offers a free (but heavily limited) subscription plan. The good thing, however, is that they put no time cap on it (14-days, 30-days, etc.)
You can use it freely as long as you want. That’s significant, isn’t it?
Searchmetrics.com – A power suite for enterprise companies is the global leader in SEO marketing and analytics, SEO optimization, social and content marketing.
Also, according to their words, “Searchmetrics and BrightEdge are the largest Enterprise SEO and Content Performance platforms globally.”
Searchmetrics offers four different pricing plans. However, three of them offer Price on request.
- Essentials – $69 /month
- Suite Business – Price on request
- Suite Enterprise – Price on request
- Suite Ultimate – Price on request
They offer a free Searchmetrics software demo. However, you must request it by giving them your contact information.
Backlink Falcon Software Bundle.
They offer 2 main products:
- Backlink Falcon – super fast live link checker. It helps you verify thousands of backlinks quickly, ping hundreds of links easily, let the Search Engines find your links faster, etc.
- Quick Spy – website backlink checker that allows you to find the existing backlinks of any internet site. Also, it spiders several link sources, does an advanced link analysis, etc.
There is only one option – you purchase the whole bundle.
Backlink Falcon regular price is $129.99. However, they offer you their discount price $79.99.
Free Trial – Yes
You can download the free 7-day trial (3.2Mb).
9. SEO Spyglass
SEO Spyglass is a website backlink checker tool & link popularity checker.
With SEO Spyglass, you can find website’s backlinks, discover the keyword anchor text in backlinks, see the pagerank of every link, identify traffic sent from each backlink, etc.
The good thing with SEO Spyglass is that they let you download a Free SEO Spyglass Software. It suits for Windows, Linux, or Mac.
However, the free edition is quite a limited version. It allows just 1,100 links per project. Not much, right?
SEO Spyglass offers three different pricing plans:
- Pro – $124.75 one time fee
- Enterprise – $299.75 one time fee
The Professional edition is designed for website owners and webmasters. The Enterprise edition is the right choice for professional SEO experts and SEO companies.
A free, limited version is available. Try and see if it suits you.
Within SEO Powersuite, there is an advanced link management tool Link Assistant. It helps you build high-quality links, manage your link outreach all in one place, keep track of all your current backlinks, etc.
There are three different pricing plans available:
- Free download (but limited)
- LinkAssistant Professional – $124.75
- LinkAssistant Enterprise – $299.75
You can download the free LinkAssistant Edition – a nice tool for link building and management. No time limit and no credit card required. But it is still a limited version. 1,000 prospects per project only.
SEOprofiler.com – A full-featured SEO software, which gives you all that you need to get high rankings on Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines.
Includes Link Analysis, Link Building, Keyword Research, Ranking Monitor, Social Media tools, etc.
There are four monthly SEO Profiler pricing plans:
- Standard – $49.95 /month
- Smart – $99.95 / month (30-day $1 trial)
- Professional – $249.95 /month
- Enterprise – $999.95 /month
Free Trial – YES (in fact, costs $1).
SEOprofiler offers free 30-day $1 trial.
However, to get your free trial you have to purchase SEO Profiler “Smart plan.” If you cancel it during the first month, “the trial period will not be reduced, and you will be charged only $1! You can cancel at any time.”
12. Traffic Travis – A FREE TOOL!
Traffic Travis Free Edition is a free SEO Software for SEO & PPC Management challenges. It helps you with both on and off page analysis as well as spying on your competitors.
However, the Traffic Travis Free Edition is limited, and they recommend to order Traffic Travis Professional Edition.
Traffic Travis v4.2 Pro – $97.00 (12 months access). It means only $8.08 /month which makes it apparently worth to consider, don’t you think?
However, try it out in the first place and see if you like it.
13. Screaming Frog – A FREE (limited) TOOL.
Screaming Frog – SEO Spider allows you quickly crawl and analyze websites’ links, images, CSS, scripts, and apps.
In fact, it is a small desktop program (Windows, OS X, Ubuntu), which you can download and install locally on your computer.
However, the Free version of the ScreamingFrog SEO spider is limited. That’s why they recommend you to purchase their SEO Spider Licence – £99 per year.
Try out to see if you need a paid version.
14. OpenLinkProfiler – A FREE TOOL!
OpenLink Profiler – Is a Free version of SEO Profiler.
“Saves the freshest 200,000 backlinks for each domain. All backlinks that are shown by OpenLinkProfiler.org have been confirmed during the last 90 days.”
“The FREE version of OpenLinkProfiler.org offers much more than other free link analysis tools.”
15. Backlinkwatch – A FREE TOOL!
BacklinkWatch – another totally free Backlink Checker Tool. It’s not perfect but is free and does the job.
16. Link Diagnosis – A FREE TOOL!
Link Diagnosis SEO tool – Helps
Helps you easily see backlinks from your competitors. Or, in their own words, “Our LinkDiagnosis tool can show you all the important information about your competitor’s links.”
Note! It has a Link Diagnosis Firefox Extension, which you can add to your browser.
17. Analyze Backlinks – A FREE TOOL
Analyze Backlinks – advertises itself as “a free backlinks checker tool. Unlimited usage and full data. Yahoo SiteExplorer alternative.”
Try it out and see if it satisfies your needs.
18. Rank Signals – A FREE TOOL
Rank Signals – Backlink Checker Tool & SEO Software
That is another FREE tool, which helps you “uncover SEO backlinks & traffic sources of your competitors.”
Note! Also, they offer you their Free Google Chrome Extension, Quick SEO – PageRank, Backlinks & Alexa Tool.
19. DigBacklink – A FREE TOOL!
digBacklink.com – A free Backlink Checker and SEO tool. It helps you check backlinks or inbound links to a domain and website of your choice.
Note! You must log in through Facebook. Without logging in you don’t get much from the tool.
Note! There is also a digBacklink Google Chrome Extension digBacklink Pagerank.
20. Small SEO Tool, Backlink Checker – A FREE TOOL!
Backlink Checker – Small SEO Tools is a simple inbound link checker that helps you find how many backlinks your website has, and the value of each link.
21. Site Explorer – A FREE TOOL!
Site Explorer is a free alternative backlink checker tool for Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other website explorers.
Try it out and see if you like it.
Did you find the above list useful? If so, please do me a favor and drop me a comment. Tell me, which one of these 20 backlink checker tools is your #1 recommendation.
Or, if your favorite backlink checker tool is not listed here, please let me know what it is. I can add it to the list.
Yours for mutual cooperation,
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