Yahoo Site Explorer Closing

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Yahoo Site ExplorerYahoo recently announced they will be closing the doors on Site Explorer one of their most popular services among webmasters and SEO fanatics. Yahoo Site Explorer has been around for nearly 6 years and many people have come to rely on the service to check inlinks/backlinks.

Yahoo has been slowly eliminating features and services, but this one was a little unexpected. Yahoo suggests using Microsoft/Bing Webmaster Tools after they shut down Site Explorer. Which likely has to do with the deal Microsoft and Yahoo have with search results powered by Bing.

Bing has been updating their webmaster tools which include a few new features. You can now find a similar feature that provides Inbound Link details in your Bing Webmaster account, which is a plus. But, since you have to login to see the report details I don’t know that you can check sites that you do not own or maintain.

I rarely login and check the Inbound Links in my Bing Webmaster account. I always thought Yahoo Site Explorer was fast and easy. You didn’t have to login to check your website links and Yahoo does a good job, and updates often.

I have been using Site Explorer for so many years now I will be bummed when it’s gone.

You can read more about it in this Yahoo Search Blog post:
Microsoft Webmaster Tools to support Yahoo! Site Explorer Community

The post says that Site Explorer APIs will be shut down on September 15th, 2011. Which seems to imply that will be the end of it.

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  1. Ilyas Sahi


    Closure of Yahoo Site Explorer is truly a disaster. I don’t see any comparable service. Open Site Explorer is good but it costs money.

    I doubt, if Bing’s tool would be of that much us. It might as well be like the Google’s. Any suggestions on the alternatives?

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      Open Site Explorer can be used for free. It is a little more limited in free mode, but it still provides decent results. There is an option to check your backlinks in Bing Webmaster Tools if you have an account set up there. It’s not super impressive, but it isn’t too bad.

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        Open site explorer seems very limited for free. If you register (for free) you can download reports with considerably more information. Nonetheless OSE seems to only return a small fraction of the results Yahoo Site Explorer. Another free tool I have found is I have found it returns far more links than the free OSE, though still fewer than Yahoo, and usually only a handful of links that Yahoo doesn’t have. Still it may be a large enough sampling for whatever competitive analysis you’d like to do. It also has a couple of features of its own, like tagging no-follow links.

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          Backlinkwatch is a popular tool too. I’ve used it a number of times in the past. The only thing I don’t like about it is it seems a little on the slow side if you haven’t used it in a while or if you are checking a new site.

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    Funny thing is the yahoo blog post says the API’s will be shut down on September 15th, but Yahoo Site Explorer is still working directly like normal. Perhaps it only has to do with other sites that use the API for results will no longer work. I’ll have to keep my eye on it for a bit yet.

  3. Jakub


    Lets be honest here. Yahoo is crap and always has been a crap SE. I wish these two search engines shut down and left everything to Google. I couldn’t get my websites indexed by these two crappy browsers. Some of my websites have been added to yahoo and bing search 5 month ago and they are still not indexed and they rank in top 4 on the most competitive keywords in my niche on Google. One thing I will be missing is yahoo site explorer at least one thing they did right and now it’s all gone!

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      I am not a big fan of Yahoo or Microsoft Bing either. I did like Yahoo Site Explorer. It was a fairly decent tool that I used frequently. I am just bummed out that they did away with it.

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