10 Best Backlink Checker Tools To Monitor Your Backlinks

Backlinks are the backbone of successful SEO. The art of having external websites link to your own remains one of the most effective ways of gaining big traffic and in turn, climbing the search engine rankings. Afterall, who will stumble upon your site if it’s got no links from elsewhere across the internet?
Checking backlinks also has a significant role to play in outreach campaigns. By finding a competitor’s links, you can target websites that may be on the lookout for updating their resources and references.
Here we’ve come up with a list that focuses on 10 of the best backlinks checker tools available online today.

1. Ahrefs

Ahrefs is so meticulous with their data that it’s no surprise that the tool has established itself as a market leader – and its coverage of backlinks is where the site really excels.
Ahrefs Backlink Overview
Here, we get a taste of the power holds Ahrefs holds. At a click of a button, we’re able to see all live backlinks that refer to any specific site (in this case, we went for our own – at the risk of coming across too self-indulgent). We’re able to scrutinise all of our links as well as seeing what form they take, and the domain authority and location of every referee.
Ahrefs Domain Rating Overview
Dig a little deeper, and you can categorise all of your referring domains by stature (‘DR’ stands for ‘Domain Rating’, and is a good indicator of the value of the websites that are referencing you), by the referring site’s rank on Ahrefs, or by the number of Backlinks and DoFollow links lists for your site.
So detailed is the data that Ahrefs collects for links, that many sites use the tool purely as a backlink checker. But the website does much more than that.
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The website also features many options focusing on relevant topics like ‘content explorer’ and ‘keyword explorer’, as well as useful utilities like ‘Alerts’ – which is on hand to inform you whenever an article has been published elsewhere featuring a specific set of keywords.
Subscription for Ahrefs start at $99 per month for a streamlined service, and range all the way to $999 p/m for agency-level coverage. But on a brighter note, there’s a seven-day trial available at the price of $7.

2. Open Site Explorer

Moz has infused their vast SEO know-how into the Open Site Explorer. The service is available via MozPro and is hugely popular among marketers for its simple and data-heavy interface.
The Open Site Explorer is intuitive, where users are able to use Moz’s algorithms to not only observe established links, but to find link-building opportunities as well as being presented with a list of existing backlinks that may be damaging to a given site’s search engine rankings.
Open Site Explorer Backlink Checker
The key draw of this service comes from the chance to tap into the SEO expertise that Moz has in abundance. They’re the go-to site for knowledge on the subject, and this greatly aids the metrics of the Open Site Explorer.
While there’s a fully free version of Open Site Explorer, the number of searches you can perform daily is limited unless you subscribe to MozPro, where prices start at $99 per month.

3. Monitor Backlinks

‘The easiest way to check your bad links and your competitor’s good links,’ boast Monitor Backlinks – and while there are a lot of straightforward backlink checkers available online, perhaps their greatest asset is, in fact, their flexible price structure.
The cheapest subscription to the service, a yearly one, works out at $16.50 per month and comes with a free trial, too – this allows you to monitor one domain and includes up to 50 keywords and 500 referring page searches.
Monitor Backlinks’ features are also good value for their price. Powered by SEO AutoDiscover, users can enjoy a fully automated service that monitors domains, keywords and competition (though competition monitoring is a premium add-on).
Monitor Backlinks
Results are well charted in a usable interface. Users are also able to get a regular email or PDF reports delivered on their site’s performance.

4. Google Search Console

Google are the kingpins when it comes to SEO, after all, it’s their search engine that we’re constantly trying to optimise our site for. So naturally, they had to wade into our list with a very effective and entirely free service.
The Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) is a great resource that allows you to register and monitor your site’s performance.
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The service enables you to submit new content for crawling as well as picking the sort of information that you don’t want to show up in search results.
To check your links, log-in to your search console account, go to Search Traffic > Links To Your Site.
Google Search Console Backlink Checker
Because of the intrinsic link that Google Search Console has with the search engine giant’s results pages, you’re able to easily identify what aspects of your pages are causing them to perform better or worse in the SEO rankings. Google also promises that your site will be better protected from malware via their service.

5. SEMRush

SEMRush promises to be your ‘all-in-one marketing toolkit’ – and considering its impressive reputation within the SEO community, you won’t find many experts who disagree with such a statement.
Users of the service are told that they’ll benefit from their competitors via fine-tuned analytics reports and advertising research.
SEMRush Backlink Checker
The dashboard is easy to use, and SEMRush offers very handy side-by-side domain comparisons that allow you to really get to grips with your competitors.
Prices for the service start at $99.95 per month.


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