If you are curious to know how many backlinks your hard SEO efforts have generated you, you’re in luck. There are many ways to find out how many backlinks a site have, and also determine who is providing those backlinks.
One way to figure out how many backlinks your website or blog has is to search your site in the search engines. Many gurus claim that this is the dinosaur way of checking for how many backlinks your site have, but this is just one of the many methods that you will be using. And yes, it still works.
How Many Backlinks Do I Have Listed In Search Engines?
Finding out how many backlinks you have listed in the search engines aren’t as hard to do as you may think. To show you how to check and see how many backlinks your website have in Google, I have prepared a things to do list for you to sink your teeth into.
And this works for all the major search engines, such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo These search engines help you find anything on the web, including how many backlinks and websites have links to your site displayed.
Here is that To Do List I promised:
To Do List
- The first thing that you have to do is visit one of search engines websites I mentioned earlier: google, Bing and Yahoo. Either search engine will do, but some people claim that Google produces greater results than the other two.
- The second thing that needs to be done is for you to enter your website or blog name into the inbox of whichever search engine you chose to use. After that, either press enter on your keyboard, or click go.
- You could also try placing quotation marks around the name of your website or blog as you enter it into the search engine. Here is an example of how that should look “example.com”. That’s it, click search or press enter and away you go.
- Another method to use while searching the search engines for how many backlinks you have on any given day, is to first type in the word link, and then enter the name of your site. Here’s how that looks: link:example.com. That’s it, press return, or click go.
What comes next, after completing the To Do List, is a list of results from the search engines. Look to the top of the page, there will be a number of results given; this number is the number of web pages that are linking back to your site. How sweet is that? All you have to do is scroll through each page and count the many websites and blogs that are listed.
I should inform you though, that the gurus are partially right, but not completely. Here’s why I said that, not all of the backlinks that your site have accumulated will be shown in the search results. This is due to many reasons, let’s view each of them.
1) One reason all of your backlinks may not be showing is that Google, nor Bing or Yahoo has indexed the website or blog that is given you the backlink.
2) Another reason is that sometimes due to the fact that the website or blog that you place your web address on, do not give you any backlinks. Meaning that they do not promote, or provide any backlinks to your site.
3) Another reason could be that the website does not link juice flow. This is when the “no follow” attribute is placed inside of the anchor tag that contains your website’s address – the URL address you want the backlink to go to. So before taking some of the gurus off-advice by wasting your time on writing and posting on websites and blogs you don’t know, in exchange for a backlink, be sure that the site doesn’t have the no follow tag attached to its anchor tags. Otherwise, you’re just blowing hot air on a sunny day.
Check How Many Backlinks I Have Faster
A way to check how many backlinks you have, if a site uses the no follow tag, besides checking the page source of each web page on the web, which is tiresome just by thinking about it, faster, is to use a tool that automatically checks these things for you. One great tool to use for this is the SEO Toolbar by Aaron Wall. This tool only works in the Firefox browser, so be sure that you are using Firefox.
SEO tools are always a faster method, and in my opinion, a better choice when it comes to checking for how many backlinks a site have. It takes all of the time-consuming manual labor out of the equation. I will provide a list of other magnificent tools that can be used to check your backlinks, both free and paid, but first, let’s understand the one thing that each one of the tools will have in common.
The one thing that all tools of the SEO backlink checking caliber have in common, even the Google tool that I’m going to tell you about is, no tool is going to show you every single backlink that is pointing back to your website or blog, not even the top search engine – Google. The reason as to why, is something that only Google has the answer to. Maybe one day Google will come out with a tool that shows all of your backlinks, but for now, you just have to take what you can get and be happy.
So remember, no matter what any guru says, no backlinking tool, free or paid, is going to show you every single backlink that your site has pointing to it. If Google hasn’t done it, then the other tools are definitely not going to be able to provide the exact number of how many backlinks you actually have pointing to your site.
The reason a lot of backlinking tools do not show all of your backlinks is probably because it hasn’t been programmed to track every site on the web, so to put it simply – it doesn’t posses the technology to do so. And there could be many other reasons. But don’t let that discourage you, it’s still a great idea to use Google’s tools, and other tools for checking your backlinks.
And there you have it, some of the best ways to check for how many backlinks are connected to your site. Be sure to use my techniques and recommendations for best practice. Your resources are below.
If you have any methods or tools that I haven’t posted here, please don’t hesitate to share it with everyone in the comment section below.