Blekko – Yahoo! Site Explorer Alternative

on December 12, 2011 | SEO | Comments (4)

A couple of weeks ago, Yahoo shut down their Yahoo! Site Explorer tool.

This tool was a legacy Yahoo product used by web developers and SEO professionals to check a websites backlinks. In fact many people really enjoyed using this tool and surely provided Yahoo some useful search data.

But no, Yahoo has now shut down their Site Explorer tool and we were all left wondering where to go. – is a new tool we can use for checking a websites backlinks.

Blekko is actually a search engine that aims to filter out spam, content farms and malware, but you can also use the site for link analyses.

In the search box simply type your website name /seo
eg. /seo
(leave a space between your website name and the /seo)
The site will then analyse your incoming links, what country they are from, people duplicating your content, number of pages in the Blekko index and so on.

As a result of Yahoo shutting down their service traffic has spiked to Blekko. Some of the Blekko website features require you to sign-in, which can be done with a Facebook account.

If you are interested in improving your SEO, check out the Blekko site to help analyse key website data.

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  • Hi David,

    I never heard Blekko before until reading your article. Thank for providing at a glance about Blekko.

  • Hi David,

    It looks like Blekko is the way to go in the aftermath of Yahoo Site Explorer being shut down. One thing I noticed is that unlike YSE, you have to be registered and logged in to use Blekko. A small price to pay I suppose. Thanks for the tip!

  • Must be "logged in" at Blecko even to perform the most basic backlink search. No thanks.

  • I have been searching for an alternative to YSE for a while now. I am not impressed with Bing's webmaster tools. Blekko seems to be the best out there atm, so thanks for the heads up.