Thanks to the merger with Bing/Microsoft, Yahoo! officially closes the doors on its Site Explorer tool. A message on their site says:
With the completion of algorithmic transition to Bing, Yahoo! Search has merged Site Explorer into Bing Webmaster Tools. Webmasters should now be using the Bing Webmaster Tools to ensure that their websites continue to get high quality organic search traffic from Bing and Yahoo!.Please check the following blog articles for more information
We’d also like to recommend Sitemaps a useful mechanism to inform search engines about pages on their sites.
You can stay current with the latest news and information by visiting the Yahoo! Search blog site
What This Means to Website Buyers, Sellers and Flippers
You’ll have one less tool available to perform due diligence and utilize for competitive SEO research. Yahoo! Site Explorer was one of the few free tools which would allow you to gather information about thousands of backlinks.
You may also find some of your other desktop SEO tools will stop working or perform differently. This is because they likely relied upon Yahoo! Site Explorer to function.
Alternatives to Yahoo! Site Explorer
If you’re looking for alternatives to Yahoo! Site Explorer, here is a list of possible options:
You may also consider using the following style of query on Google: “domain.com -site:domain.com”. It can help you find sites which mention your site.
If you have any other alternatives you’d like to share with our readers, please comment below.