The ever-popular Yahoo Site Explorer is finally retired and no more. It was one of my favorite backlink checkers. I don’t visit too many Yahoo based services or features, but I did frequent Site Explorer. At one point I read that Yahoo Site Explorer was supposed to be shut down in September, but every time I would go there it still worked. That is until on or around November 21st/22nd, 2011.
Now I am officially bummed out a bit. It wasn’t a spectacular service, but it was fast and easy. It did what it was supposed to do, and rarely was it down or unavailable.
I know a lot of other online tools and sites would also query Yahoo Site Explorer for results.
So it looks like I am going to be doing some exploring and looking for more backlink checkers when I get a chance.
If you visit Yahoo Site Explorer you get a page that says:
With the completion of algorithmic transition to Bing, Yahoo! Search has merged Site Explorer into Bing Webmaster Tools. Webmasters should now be using the Bing Webmaster Tools to ensure that their websites continue to get high quality organic search traffic from Bing and Yahoo!.
How exciting is that? Really we should now be using the Bing Webmaster Tools. I don’t know about everyone else out there, but I am not impressed with Bing Webmaster Tools. Actually I can’t think of any Bing tool or service that I like.
I still don’t know what Microsoft is up to with all this Yahoo stuff. They keep trying to buy Yahoo or some part of it anyway. Yahoo search has been powered by Bing for a while. Now Site Explorer is gone and they tell us we should use Bing. Seems like Microsoft is slowly trying to get their hands on Yahoo one piece at a time.
Maybe that is Microsoft’s plan to take over as much of Yahoo as they can in hopes of competing with Google more. Even if they dropped billions of dollars into some kind of deal they would still have a very long way to go in order to catch up with Google. It might help them slightly, but Google is so far ahead of them now I doubt they will ever catch them. I don’t blame them for trying, and if anyone has the money to spend on competing with Google Microsoft would be one of them to do so.
Now I wish someone would come up with a decent backlink checker that actually worked and did a decent job. I know there are a few other alternatives out there to check backlinks, but I get tired of joining and signing up at sites all the time just to find out it wasn’t what I was looking for.
RIP Yahoo Site Explorer! You will be missed.