By now, if you’ve been blogging more than a week (or had you done any research before you started blogging), you should have come to know how important backlinks are.
For those of you that don’t know, backlinks are links back to your website from other websites. For example, if I was to link to Google, like so. That would be a backlink to Google.
So why are blacklinks important? I can give you two very important uses of baclinks. The first being the fact that when visitors go to the other website, you can get referral traffic back to your own. The second being of course the SEO benefit of course.
For whatever reason you may want backlinks, here are 4 websites to help you to track them.
Google Webmaster Tools
If you own a blog or any tip of website and you aren’t using Google’s Webmaster Tools, then you definitely should. Apart from backlink tracking, you are supplied with things like search engine reports, broken urls, and keyword stats.
Open Site Explorer
OpenSiteExplorer has a great backlink checker. The only downside is that in order to get all of the information you have to upgrade to a PRO account. Guests are also only allowed 3 reports a day. PRO accounts are $99/month.
Majestic SEO has another good backlink tracker. Best of all it’s free. You can get a report as a guest, but to view detailed results you must sign up for a free account.
Small SEO Tools
Small SEO Tools has a backlink checker, I list this one for the simple fact that it lists tons of backlinks that the others couldn’t find. Going through the results however, is pretty tedious.