RIP Yahoo Site Explorer
I believe that there are around 850 thousand unique visitors a month looking at Yahoo’s site explorer. Naturally, its future must be in question given Microsoft’s deal – but even without that, you have to question the wisdom of using Site Explorer, now that Majestic’s data is considerably larger and gives much more information – even without registering. Here is a list of things that we feel Majestic does better than Yahoo Site Explorer:
More Links in the database
For example, as of this post, Site Explorer reports 2.2 million links to www.whitehouse.gov whilst Majestic reports 20.2 million external links. This is partly because we show much more variety of links than Yahoo, but registered members can filter domains under their control for free, to choose only the kinds of links that interest them. (They do need to pay to do this with sites they don’t control, but at least we offer it!)
Yahoo only reports page in-links, not domain in-links
Being told a back-link (in-link) number doesn’t help at all, in itself. One run of site paid link on a third party site can inflate this number in an instant – and when you try to compare back-links using Site Explorer, you usually get meaningless numbers because not all links are considered equal. Knowing how many DOMAINS link to the site you are analyzing is reported straight off the bat in Majestic.
Majestic even reports unique IPs
Sometimes, with a bit of trickery, a black hat or a misguided SEO experiment or for more benign reasons, many of the inbound links might be from different domains, but these domains are all on the same server, using the same I number. This is a pretty straightforward flag for Google or any search engine that the sites are controlled by the same organisation. So right off the bat, we also give you the number of unique IP numbers linking to a domain.
You can see back links by page
Yahoo gives you links into a domain (or to the domain and the sub-domains). Majestic also gives you inbound links to each individual page! What’s more, we give you:
- The relative strength of the page as a result of those links
- The date we last crawled the page
- The number of unique domains that have linked to the page
- The number of unique IP numbers linking to the page
- The total number of links (including internal links) as well as external (shown separately)
- And more! Try a link analysis on a competitor’s domain right now.
And so far, you haven’t even had to register… which is instant and free.
So here’s my question… why is anyone still using Yahoo’s site explorer?