Backlinks are one of the main factors of Google search ranking. To get better rankings in Google you need quality backlinks instead of quantity of backlinks. If one of your blogs is having 100 of low-quality backlinks and another blog is having only 1 quality backlink, in this scenario the blog has only one quality backlink will rank better in search in comparison of the blog have hundreds of low-quality backlinks.
If you look years back when sites were ranking well despite low-quality backlinks. People used to create private blog networks and generate backlinks but the quality of those links was extremely low.
Google paid attention here and released the Penguin algorithm update to clean private blog networks. Google devalued those blogs/sites who were using PBN (Private Blog Networks). Because it was an unnatural way to get backlinks and quality also was very poor.
I have collected 10 free backlink checker tools based on functionalities and trustworthiness. Before I start telling you about free backlink checker tools, let me brief you that why you need backlink checker tools.
We usually give or receive two types of backlinks; Nofollow backlinks and Dofollow backlinks. Nofollow backlinks don’t give us any link juice and Dofollow backlinks gives us a link juice which is very important for better ranking in search.
By using these backlink checker tools, you will know that how many websites/blogs are referring you and how many of them are Nofollow or Dofollow. With the help of a tool, you can see that how many are high-quality backlinks and how many are low-quality backlinks. Later on, you can disavow low-quality backlinks from Google webmaster to improve your search ranking if required.
Following are top 10 free backlink checker tools.
Open Link Profiler is one of the best backlink checker tools available online. It extracts your domain and explores the complete list of backlinks based on LIS (Link Influence Score). Open Link Profiler is completely free and fastest backlink checker tool.
Majestic is one of the finest backlink checker tools. It has the largest link index database. You can check fresh and historic index. It also shows trust and citation flow of your domain. For an example, I checked backlinks for quicksprout.com a popular SEO tool and a blog run by a famous marketer Neil Patel.
SEMRUSH is one the of most popular SEO tools. It is a complete toolkit for digital marketing professionals. Along with all other SEO tools, SEMRUSH also gives you an option to do backlinks audit and analysis. It has a daily updated database for your backlinks analysis. Per day you get 10 free attempts with a free account.
MOZ brought you an open site explorer where anyone can check backlinks for your domain. Along with backlink OSE also provides DA (Domain Authority) and PA (Page Authority) for your blog. (Note: It has limited checks for a domain in free version).
BuzzSumo gives you an opportunity to check backlinks for domains search by keywords as well. It is limited in the free version but good for beginners. You can export all links in CSV, Excel, and PDF.
6- Rank Signals
In Rank Signals, you uncover SEO backlinks & traffic sources of your competitors and your domain. It is a free tool to check backlink. It’s Quick SEO Chrome Extension let you have a quick access to important SEO metrics in your browser. It provides you easy access to important Rank Signals and data like PageRank, Backlinks, Alexa Rank and Traffic estimate.
Linkody free version gives you an ability to check 5 unique domains per week. It gives full access to pro members. Free version also a worth to use.
LXRmarketPlace provides a quick summary of the number of backlinks, referring domains, and the number of NoFollow Links, along with indexed pages in Google. It is a free tool.
Mangools also brought you a backlink checker tool. It also shows you Citation Flow, Trust Flow for your domain along with backlinks to your blog.
SEO Review Tools look new for me but found it good in the list of free backlink checker. It shows External backlinks, Follow links percentage, Referring Domains, Referring IP’s etc.
Here, I tried to explain best and free backlink checker tools available online. There are many other tools available. It is totally up to you that what you feel suitable for your blog. If you feel I left something very important and widely accepted backlink checker tool, please share with me too.