How To Check Backlinks
How to Check Backlinks
In this post, we are going to talk about how to perform a backlink check on your site using Free tools, so that you can keep track of your progress.
I have already written a couple of posts about Website Backlinks, so by now you should know that building backlinks to your website is one of the most important activities that you can do when it comes to improving your SEO (search engine optimisation) and search engine rank.
If you haven’t done so already please read my posts on Website Backlinks and How To Get Backlinks so you can gain more of an idea of what Backlinks are, how they work and how to get them.
So, if you’ve been diligently working on a link building campaign for your business, you’re also probably curious to figure out how many of your links have been detected by the search engines, especially Google. Today I am going to show you a simple method that you can use to do a backlink check using Free tools.
There are many things that go into the result of your website’s final score, but webmasters do know one fact for sure. Something that will really bring up your website in rank is having a lot of quality backlinks coming from other sites to yours.
We know from the post entitled ‘Website Backlinks” that the search engines use this as criteria to judge just how good your site is. If you have other sites linking to you, then it must mean that you have valuable information that should be ranked highly. If your site is ranked high, it means that you will come up first in the search engines when someone does a search for whatever term that is relevant to your website. This translates to you getting more
traffic, as a result of more traffic, more leads and as a result of more leads, more sales and ultimately more income for your business.
Once you have applied some of the different methods of acquiring backlinks, like: submitting to directories, requesting links, submitting to article directories, etc. you will want to know if all of your hard work is paying off and you will definitely want to keep track of your progress.
Here are two free tools you can use:
Tool 1 Bing Webmaster Tools:
Bing have a suite of tools to help you with gaining incites into your website. To understand how many inbound links (also known as “backlinks”) Bing has seen to your site on the web, and which external pages are giving you those links using which anchor text, you can use the Inbound Links tool.
You do require an account with Bing so you can add your website, it is easy to do and it is free, just click here and follow the steps to get your free account setup. To see the Inbound Links report, once you are logged in simply, click on the Reports & Data section in the navigation menu. Select Inbound Links to view the backlink data for your website. There you will see any backlinks you have and where they are coming from.
Tool 2 Google Webmaster Tools: Google Webmaster Tools – Click Here for There Official Site
Google is the biggest search engine there is and your aim should be to get ranked on Google. Google have a really useful suite of tools to track and analyse your website traffic. I will be doing another post, or two or three! for purely Google and their suite of tools. But for the purpose of this post, we will assume you already have a Google Analytics and Google Search Console setup. If not, I can set you up with one and setup your website accordingly so you can start to analyse how your website is doing, just contact me here or call me on 01775 518004.
Google Search Console is where you will need to go in order to see your backlinks. When you login to your Search Console you can select your website, then you simply navigate to the Search Traffic link in the sidebar, then, Links To Your Site, then you will see a page which serves as an overview for your backlinks. In order to see more detailed information you’ll need to click the “More >>” link beneath “Who links the most”.
The image below is for one of my clients, whose link building campaign I have just started.
Thats it, there you have your backlinks.
Of course there are many other ways that you can check your progress, but these two are a simple way that you can do a backlink check. By doing this on a regular basis you will be able to keep an eye on how your link building campaign is doing.
That’s it for this post. In the next one we are going to talk about link popularity software that you can use to check your search engine rank, manage and monitor your backlinks.
Do you use any other Free Tools to check your backlinks? If so, please leave the details in the comment section below. I would love to know what you use.
If you have enjoyed the post, please do share it, it really does help me out, thank you 🙂 and of course, if you have any questions or would like advice, please do get in touch, I would be happy to help you. Also remember, I do offer a link building service, so if that is something of interest, again get in touch, fill out the contact form or call me on 01775 518004.