If you belong to SEO field you would probably know how important competitors back links are to get better ranking, by using them it makes your work quite feasible and sometimes you even get more advantages over your competitors. There are plenty of well-known, unknown, paid and free tool to analyze the back links or check the number of indexed web pages but Yahoo site explorer was one of the best, most common tool and above all free, yes “it was” cause it has been shut down by yahoo on 21st November 2011.
Since yahoo is being amalgamated with bing they decided to merge Site Explorer into Bing Webmaster tool, have a look at yahoo search blog search blog reminder below.
Well yahoo has been providing yahoo site explorer for free to the webmasters since 2005 and it has been mentioning that yahoo site explorer is gonna be close soon but they finally did it and now they are recommending webmasters to use bing webmaster tool, well there are some other free tool you can use as yahoo site explorer alternative in addition with bing webmaster tool which are mentioned below.
I have been using backlinkwatch and found it quite useful it not only tells you the number of back links but also indicate the do follow no follow attribute, outbound links and anchor text (you can also analyze your competitor’s keywords through it).
There are also plenty of free and paid tools such as:
Furthermore you can search yourself too by Google it “the free back link checker tool” or similar kind of key phrases stay connected with todaytricks.com for the latest happening in SEO and other webmaster niche.