A “backlink” is one of the most used words in the world of search engine optimization (SEO). Backlinks are incoming links to a webpage.
When a webpage links to any other page, it’s called a backlink. In the past, backlinks were the major metric for the ranking of a webpage. A page with a lot of backlinks tended to rank higher on all major search engines, including Google. This is still true to a large extent.
Check My Links
If you do Broken Link Building then you’ll love Check My Links. With a click of a button, this Chrome extension quickly checks any web page for broken links.
Domain Hunter Plus
Domain Hunter Plus is similar to Check My Links. But this tool also checks to see if the broken link’s domain is available for registration. Cool feature in theory…but I rarely find any free domain names with this tool. That’s because authoritative domains tend to get scooped up pretty quickly. Still a helpful tool for broken link building or The Moving Man Method though.
Check My Links on steroids. Like many tools, LinkMiner check for broken links on a page. But this free Chrome extension also shows you how many links the broken link has pointing to it. Uber helpful for broken link building.
Cool Feature: LinkMiner shows you how many outbound links a page has…on a Google SERP. That way you can zero-in on pages with lots of outbound links (and therefore, broken link building opportunities).
Marie Haynes’ Disavow Blacklist
Wondering if a link is helping or hurting your SEO efforts? Then upload the URL of the page to Marie Haynes’ blacklist tool. It will let you know if the domain is on Marie’s comprehensive list of spammy websites. If it is, you may want to add it to a disavow file. Helpful.
Quick URL Opener
If you do a lot of link building you’ll NEED to use a tool that opens a big ol’ list of URLs at once. And the Quick URL Opener is one of the best (if not THE best) free SEO tools out there.
Siege Media Embed Code Generator
My favorite infographic embed code generator. I really like how you can specify the dimensions of the embed code box.
Similar Content Prospecting Tool (SkyRocket)
This useful tool gives you a list of 120 pages that have already linked out to content on your topic (which makes them excellent link prospects).