Yahoo Site Explorer on Steroids, with a Machine Gun… aka QBL
I’ve just taken Christoph C. Cempers’ new tool QBL (new addition to the linkresearchtools.com suite of awesomeness) for a test drive.
Firstly you get a tonne of useful information enabling you to easily analyze competitor backlink profiles… some of the data it chucks at you would have taken ages to put together in Excel to make the appropriate comparisons. So at the very least it’s a time saver.
Then you scroll down, and you become an all powerful link building god (or at least that’s what it feels like to link geeks like us).
Just like with the Backlink Profiler tool it has the ability to sort and filter by certain metrics. It goes out and grabs lots of links, nice and fast, and then brings them back to you like a faithful hound placing them at your feet… but on your screen in a list instead. Already organized by the power the link can pass you can then proceed to filter out anything you don’t want in the results, leaving you with a list of links worth chasing ordered by how much they worth chasing at the top.
With a quick glance you can see if each link meets your criteria, what anchor text is within it, how many backlinks are pointed to the page and site, and you can compare IP’s to make sure the domains you’ve chosen are hosted separately. Those that qualify can be added to your favourites for further investigation.
Basically, if there were to have been a YSE 2.0, it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good as this. Yes I know YSE’s body isn’t even cold yet, and I do feel the sentimentality towards it but I do to my car too, and if my 10 year old deisel broke down tomorrow only to be replaced by a Lamborghini Elemento then I hate to say it, but I’d forget about my car quicker than Bill O’Reilly could form a biased opinion on an important political matter with no supporting evidence… so, instantly… no thought need go into it!
In all honesty I don’t even know why I’m writing this, I don’t want anybody to write about it because I don’t want anybody to know about it… The less people using it, the more competitive advantage those that are using it have. But then that’s just not the SEO way is it, if everybody did that then I wouldn’t know squat as I’ve learnt most of what I know from others. Shame though, if only a few people had this tool they would surely rule the world!