The one where you post a URL and it tells you how many backlinks there are.
I have some hubs that I put a tiny backlinking effort into. None of those links show when I look them up, but the hubs are doing better than my other ones.
So should I just repeat the experiment to see if the backlinking worked? Or not bother since it doesn't look like the links took effect?
There are quite a few ways to determine how many backlinks you have to your hubs. Unfortunately, I haven't found one yet (including Site Explorer) that shows all of them.
The general consensus among people who have studied Yahoo! Site Explorer is it shows roughly 30% of the total backlinks. This number can vary a lot though. You could have 10 backlinks and none of them show up on Y!SE. It just depends which sites they are from. If Yahoo! has the page with your backlink indexed in their directory, it will show up on Site Explorer. SheToldMe is one site that is notorious for not showing up on Y!SE.
Thanks. One more question then. Since Yahoo and Google are different beasts does that mean that a backlink is being recognized by Google and resulting in G-love, but it can't be seen when looking at YE. This would explain a lot as I have noticed that putting something on Snipsly results in a bump up the list but never shows on YE.
Any backlink tool will only show a representative sample, I have never seen a fully comprehensive backlink checker to date.
To be honest I don't use backlink checkers very often because I know where I have backlinked, and any others I see as a bonus. Checking these statistics is not going to give me any real benefits since all I can really do to improve the metric is create more benefits, which is something I do based on my SERPs rather than my number of Backlinks.
That was a really long sentence, so I hope it makes sense!
Thanks Oli - the phrase 'because I know where I have backlinked' did raise a smile, because that was exactly why I was looking. I couldn't remember if I had used the same link wheel on a hub as I had used on some others. You'd think that since I do so little backlinking I should be able to keep track of what I have done!
I've decided to repeat the same backlinking exercise and see if I get the same result.
As I know yahoo site explorer is accurate. I use it to optimize my Indonesian blog ( www.nikmaya.com ). The result is my sites place in the first page of google for the keyword that I optimize with yahoo site explorer. My trick is I type a keyword ( the keywords is my anchor text ) on the google search, and than watch for the site which has the first rank in the first page of google. I copy the address and than paste into the yahoo site explorer to check the site or blog that gave the backlink to the site who has a first rank in google. The next step is you just make a comment in site or blog that gave a quality backlink to the site who has first rank in google.
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