What do I usually want to see in a good tool? Contrary to what you might think, I never expect a tool to do part of my job or give me some information I would be unable to find without it. The most important thing I usually look for is a convenient way to represent the data.
There are plenty of backlink checkers online that do nothing more than export the data from Yahoo SiteExplorer or Google. There are still a few ones that offer information in a way that helps you categorize and organize it more effectively.
1. LinkHounds Yahoo Backlink Information sorts results based on the IP address, thus showing only unique IP/domain backlinks. The tool allows to exclude any domain from the results and set the query depth. For each individual result you will also see useful quick links to:
- whois data;
- site web archive;
- Google cache;
- exact pages where the backlink was found as indexed by Yahoo.
2. Domain Backlinks Checker sorts the results based on the first- and second-level domains. The tool offers the information in a very convenient way linking to each page from the certain domain where the backlink was found.
3. Link Diagnosis tool is the best at representing information offering the wide variety of sorting options based on:
- link type (nofollow, missing, good);
- link anchor text;
- page internal+external links.
It also offers a helpful export option and calculates link power for every internal page of the site.
To cut the long story short, here is a quick outline:
|Tool||Searching for||Sorting by|
|Domain BC||top- and second-level domain|
|LinkDiagnosis||links to domain|