Here is how to find out competitor backlinks without SEO Tools

competitor backlinks

Check competitor backlinks with out SEO Tools

Creating high quality backlinks is most effective marketing method if you are working towards website online presence. We all know that having a good number of quality backlinks give us better ranking in SERP (Search Engine Result Page). But after reaching on certain level, you need to keep an eye on your competitors and their activities. After getting into SERP race, you need stability so that your competitors would not steal your rankings. There are thousands of methods spying on competitor but the best one is to keep an eye on their backlinks.

When it comes to finding out the competitor backlinks, most of the marketers rely on different tools. Some most commonly used tools as ahref, semrush, linminer, seo powersuit and similarweb. But what if you are not interested to purchase a paid subscription of these tools? In this situation, you have to use your brain and work manually to find out competitor backlinks. Today I am going to share some google tips and tricks which will help you to learn amazing competitor backlinks spying techniques. By the help of these tips and tricks you can easily monitor your competitor backlinks and fasten your belts to compete them.

Finding out the comment backlinks

Blog commenting is a good backlinking method. If you are using it correctly, you can get good results in SERP. We all know that generating backlinks by posting on blogs/forums always helps in a positive way. In order to find out your competitor backlinks which are built by using blog commenting method, try the following google trick.

Competitor backlinks Method 1 (Keyword/anchor text in comments)

Open browser

Open Google in an incognito tab

Type : keyword “domain” “comment” -“Comments have been disabled for this post”

Hit enter

PS: Here you need to avoid typing https or .com/.in/.edu/org and so on domain extensions. For example if your competitor has a website https://theseoguy.in and you want to spy on backlinks generated by blog commenting then use trick and remove https:// and .in just type theseoguy.

I am sharing a case study for the client where my client was dealing in education and running a computer education center. Their competitors were gaining ranks on even on my clients brand keywords. The moment I get this project, I start digging out about the competitors. And finding out their website strength is the first point to start with. I followed method 1 to find out backlinks which are generated by comments.

Refer the screenshot below.

competitor backlinks method 1

In the above image you can see the URL’s where my client’s competitor has put their URLs and used comment box to generate backlinks. After reviewing all 10 pages with 100 results, I was able to find out the platforms which are providing backlinks to my client’s competitor.

 

Competitor backlinks Method 2 (Keyword in URL, Citations, Blog posts and Meta data)

Open browser

Open Google in an incognito tab

Type: inurl:domain

Hit enter

Similar to method 1, but little simple method to find out the backlinks. It is pretty common to check number of cached url’s by typing site:https.//www.domain,com/ but here in this technique, you can avoid the https and .com both to find out the url’s which have competitor name in it.

Refer the screenshot below.

competitor backlinks method 2

In the above screenshot you can see the domains which either has the competitor name in it or has citations. Method 1 and Method 2 are relative but the only difference is, you can only find comments platform by using method 1 but method 2 will give you results or URLs which has your competitor name, citation, profile or comment.

Competitor backlinks Method 3 (Keyowrd/anchor text in social bookmarking sites)

Social bookmarking is a common and effective practice while building quality backlinks. And if you could spy on your competitor bookmarks without using any tool would be an advantage for you. In order to do that you can follow given below steps.

Open browser

Open Google in an incognito tab

Type: keyword “add to this list” site: mix.com (mix.com is written just for an example. You can change it according to your choice)

Hit enter

If you follow this practice, you can find out the bookmarks created for particular keyword. You can switch the keywords and bookmarking site according to your choice. The only flaw in this method is, you can spy within one bookmarking website at a time. You have to switch the site after finding the results. Given below is one example of this method.

competitor backlinks method 3

In above image you can see all the bookmarks created on mix.com for particular keyword.

Finding out the platform

Apart from all the above competitor backlinks analyzing techniques, you can also monitor if any of your competitor is using particular CMS for website or blog. This method is little different and used to find out the competitor CMS rather than backlinks. By using this method you can analyze the CMS platforms such as wordpress, expressonengine, blogger, wix, penzu, strikingly, drupal, joomla and many more. Follow the steps given below to use this method.

Open browser

Open Google in an incognito tab

Type: keyword “powered by expressionengine” (Expressionengine is just an example. You can switch to another CMS according to your choice.)

Hit enter

You can use this method to find out third level domains and blogs as well.

Hope these tips and tricks would help you to find out competitor backlinkss without SEO Tools. If you can add more information or have suggestions/feedback for this information then do comment below. Share the information with people who are looking for such tips and tricks.

Best Free SEO Tools

Best Free SEO Tools

Best free SEO tools

There are thousands of Free SEO Tools available online and each tools has it’s different USP’s. Every tool is important according to your need but there few most important tools which you can use for better SEO results. As per my experience in SEO, I would suggest you to have a look on given below suggestions.

  • Google Analytics
  • Data Studio
  • Google optimize
  • Tag Manager
  • Keyword planner
  • Google Webmaster aka Search Console
  • Structured data testing tool
  • Email markup tester
  • Structured data markup helper
  • Google Suit

Apart from these many tools, if you have any custom requirement for your blog or website then you can choose between paid tools available in market. But as far as SEO concern, you can solve almost every SEO problem by using above listed tools.

Pro Tip for SEO Tools

Using tools wisely for better performance is much more important than relying on paid tools. You can have as much as tools for better performance. But you should always have better understanding of marketing. It will help you to decrease your dependency on paid tools.

Using tools are good but don’t always rely on tools. Search engine optimization require skills and efforts. Always keep a track on tool performance and understand the tool completely before using it.