So how accurate is Yahoo Site Explorer

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  1. Spacey Gracey profile image35
    Spacey Graceyposted 8 years ago

    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?

  2. lrohner profile image77
    lrohnerposted 8 years ago

    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.

  3. profile image0
    TopUniverseposted 8 years ago

    Using SEOQuake addon for firefox should help you.

    1. Spacey Gracey profile image35
      Spacey Graceyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I use that but it draws from Yahoo so if you click for more information then it takes you to Yahoo Site Explorer

  4. Never_Forget profile image59
    Never_Forgetposted 8 years ago

    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.

    1. Spacey Gracey profile image35
      Spacey Graceyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  5. sunforged profile image65
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Any backlink tool will only show a representative sample, I have never seen a fully comprehensive backlink checker to date.

  6. thisisoli profile image74
    thisisoliposted 8 years ago

    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!

  7. Spacey Gracey profile image35
    Spacey Graceyposted 8 years ago

    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.

    1. web file backup profile image61
      web file backupposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      There is a tool called Back Link Analyzer which provides more data than Yahoo Site Explorer. It's free, and quite useful.

  8. nikmaya62 profile image60
    nikmaya62posted 8 years ago

    As I know yahoo site explorer is accurate. I use it to optimize my Indonesian blog ( ). 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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