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Valuable backlink checker.

Update: you can now view your most popular anchor text and destination URLs.

According to Google, “Content and Links going into your site” are the two most important ranking factors followed by RankBrain.

So, if you have your content in place, you probably should focus on backlinks pointing to your domain and important pages, because quality links can help you outrank your competitors and get you additional referrer traffic.

When you’re new to SEO please read this section What Are Backlinks or The Value of Backlinks, and for those of you who know all about external links let’s dive right in.

backlink checker

How to use the backlink checker?

The Free Backlink Checker is developed to give you access to the backlink profile of any site on the web. See who is linking to you and research your best performing content. Find your competitors most valuable backlinks and examine their backlink profile to spot patterns and possible link opportunities.

Backlink checker results explained

Have a closer look at these metrics, so you know how to interpret the results:

  • The tool returns the 100 most valuable backlinks, depending on your selection:
    • External backlinks pointing to a specific page.
    • External backlinks pointing to your complete website.
  • One Link per domain (site-wide links are reduced to a single link in the report).
  • The links are sorted based on Ahrefs Domain rating.
  • Anchor text (text or image used for the link).
  • Follow / No-follow label.
  • Follow links %.
  • Total External Links.
  • Referring Domains.
  • Referring IPs.
  • The option to check Domain Authority (DA) & Page Authority (PA).
  • Most popular anchor text (the most used link text).
  • Most popular URLs (these are the pages receiving the most backlinks).

Use the export function to generate a .CSV file for Excel.

How to improve your backlink profile?

Before you start working on improving your backlink profile make sure you have the right content in place. I won’t bother you with the mantra: “Content is King”, oh sorry just did ;-) But it you don’t have you don’t have interesting quality content, it will be pretty hard to get results from your link building efforts.

So now we have this covered, here are 3 link building strategies you can use to improve your website authority and backlink profile:

  • Lost Link Recovery – Have a look at 404 pages with inbound links. Use a 301 redirect to make sure visitors and search engines get referred to the right page, which will also help you to recover your lost link value. Use the Broken backlink checker to find link recovery opportunities.
  • Competitor backlink audit – Analyse the link profile of your competitor and research the opportunities, to match your, or even better outperform your competitors link profile and subject authority. When performing an competitor backlink audit you should also analyse inbound links pointing to top performing pages, so you don’t miss out on valuable link opportunities.
  • Relation building – Find influencers in your market, who already published well performing content. For example: Best SEO Tools For.. , Top 10 products, etc. You know these authors are interested in your subject and are possible able (when they like your product or service) to get you in front of your audience and earn you a valuable link doing so. To quickly identify list post, resources and authors for your subject have a look at the Link Building Tool.

Other tool suggestion:

Tim Soulo

Jasja has built some great free tools at “SEO Review Tools.” Some of them are based on the Ahrefs API (showcasing the possibilities, speed and integrity of our data). Go to and try Backlink Checker & Broken Backlink Finder. If you’re looking for a Ahrefs API integration partner, you should think about contacting Jasja.

Tim Soulo — Head of Marketing & Product Strategy at Ahrefs

Backlinks are links pointing form website A to website B. Some frequent used synonyms (also in this article) are: external links, inbound links, incoming links.
The total number of backlinks and their quality pointing to your complete website result in the overall authority of your domain. The external links that all point to a specific page will help this page to rank in the search engine results (SERPs). The relevance and quality of an external link are very important factors when you like to measure the impact / value of an link. To find out more about quality links have a look at this article on: the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog –

Backlink report filters

You can now use the search function to dig through your backlink profile and zoom in on backlinks with a specific anchor text or coming from domains within a specific Ahrefs domain rating range.

Here is a list of the available filter operators:

  • Find a range of values between - or to
  • Wildcard for a single, non-space character. ?
  • Wildcard for zero or more non-space characters. *
  • Logical “or” | or OR
  • Logical “and” && or AND

Change log:

  • 16/04/2018 – Extra column “Destination page” added when performing a full domain backlink check.  
  • 16/04/2018 – Added most popular anchor text and most popular URLs Tabs.
  • 16/03/2018  – Advanced backlink search filters.
  • 09/04/2017 – Changed API from Moz to Ahrefs.

This tool is made possible by:

The Ahrefs API returning the page and domain backlinks Ahrefs API

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94 thoughts on “Backlink Tool / Links checker

  1. Kaos says:

    I really like this backlink tool, thank you Jasja.

  2. Maria Jones says:

    Hi, Thanks for providing this free source to check backlinks, this is really helpful to check external links pointing to your website.
    Thanks again.

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi Maria,

      You’re welcome!

  3. Maddie says:

    Some of my backlinks in the source show Rel: no opener, but they’re shown as Follow links. Is this correct?

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi Maddie,

      Good question.
      It’s considered a best practice from a security standpoint to always add rel=”noopener” or rel=”noreferrer” when you use target=”_blank” to open a link in a new tab. This prevents other pages to access your window object.

      So to concluded: rel=”noopener” or rel=”noreferrer” are Not the same as rel=”nofollow”.

      Cheers, Jasja ter Horst

  4. Web Solution Winner says:

    How accurate the percentage of dofollow link information in this tools?

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:


      Depending on the number of results the tool is returning (the tool is limited to return a maximum of 100 unique backlinks) the percentage of do-follow and no-follow links is pretty accurate.

  5. Technical G says:

    Just gave 5 stars to the backlink checker tool for showing me all my external backlinks!

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:


  6. Stephie James says:

    very very helpful site

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Thanks Stephie, you’re welcome ;-)

  7. Robyn says:

    Hi, this is Robyn.

    I have one small question for you..
    How do I check the dofollow backlink for my site?

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi Robyn,

      You can use the Nofollow table header to sort all backlinks from N (follow) to NF (nofollow) or you just add F into the filter field.

      Good luck!

  8. lara stephens says:

    Very useful and highly trustable site

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi lara,
      Thanks and appreciated!

  9. reymaz says:

    Best SEO tool ever!! love it

  10. rahweb says:

    Hi, do you have any tools to automatically detect spam backlinks?

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      No not at the moment, but it would definitely make a great addition to the tools I’m already providing.
      Thanks for the feedback!

  11. Raizal says:

    How accurate the percentage of dofollow link information in this tools?

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:


  12. Lars says:

    How does the “total links” work? Many of the links display as if there’s multiple links, but when I check there’s just 1? One of the links display a total of 35, but I can only find 1. The total increases the longer I wait.

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi Lars,

      The total link count refers to the total number of backlinks from this referring domain.
      (This metric is not limited to a single page, but displays all backlinks coming from a specific referring to your website).


  13. John says:

    I’m confused, my website semrush tool is showing 1.5k backlinks but here in your tool, the data is showing 2.3K backlinks?

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi John,

      SEMrush and Ahrefs both use their own crawlers and data sources to gather backlinks. This explains the different results you get when using different tools.

      (This tool is running on the Ahrefs API to return backlinks)

  14. Dharmendra says:

    thanx…It’s a great tool and thanks for making it available for free. You can however improve it even when you show limited results. Currently it shows many sitewide links – I just used your tool to check backlinks to one of my sites and it showed sitewide links only from 2 domains.

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi Dharmendra,

      You probably used the “Broken backlink checker” and here you get all links available, because these are all relevant when you try to recover lost backlinks.

      The results from backlink checker are indeed limited to 1 /p domain.

  15. rahweb says:

    The best site to check backlinks for a domain. Thanks Admin :)

  16. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:


    • Added Extra column “Destination page” added when performing a full domain backlink check.
    • Added most popular anchor text and most popular URLs Tabs.
  17. Rose Walker says:

    Amazing Tool..

  18. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:


    • Just added the advanced search filters to give you some quick filter options
  19. David says:

    How can I build backlinks?

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi David,

      Have a look at these tools / resources to find out more about link building:

      1. David says:

        Thank you

  20. Anonymous says:

    Is there any option available to download the data?

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Yes, You can hit the “Excel” icon, after performing a check, and this will make your backlinks available for download..

  21. statusever1 says:

    No need to buy the Ahrefs paid version. Thanks for this free tool. Excellent free service.

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:


      This is indeed a pretty awesome tool ;-))

      But I would definitely recommend giving the paid version of Ahrefs a try, because they offer a wealth of data for those who are serious about SEO.

  22. Peter says:

    Hi, do you have any tools for generating active back-links automatically?

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      No, and I would recommend it either!

      But you can use the link building query generator to find interesting link building opportunities.

  23. Palak says:

    Its showing timeout error. Please let me know when it would be fixed.

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi Palak

      Just did a test and works fine.. please give the tool another go (probably a temporary API issue).

  24. Kris says:

    It is a great free tool to check the backlinks of any website. Thank you very much for provide such a great tool.

  25. samyan says:

    Best Free Backlink checker I found!!

  26. Nick says:

    My domain starts with a “w”, and this tool keeps removing it, despite typing https://www. before my domain.

    This must be an error. Macro maybe?

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi Nick,

      Thanks for pointing out this issue. Looks like an error on my site ;-)
      Will have a look at the problem later today.

    2. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Sorry for the delay, but today I had time to fix this issue. Please give the tool another go!

  27. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:


    • 09/04/2017 – Just changed API from Moz to Ahrefs, so you should expect some different numbers.

    Let me know what you think about the new results..



  28. vineeth says:

    Very good tool for backlink checking. I found many links and domains which are not even found with AHREFS. Thank you for this wonderful tool. But it shows only 100 links. I Hope you’ll include more links in the near future.

    Thank you.

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi Vineeth,

      Thanks for your comment. This tool is indeed designed to find the best / most important backlinks.
      In the near future I’ll have a look if I can expand the number of links per URL / Domain.


  29. Aniket Roy says:

    The tools is great but as a feedback, I am suggesting that it would be better if the total number of backlinks be simply mentioned somewhere at the top of the result.

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hey Aniket, Great suggestion!
      I’ll probably add the options below, in the next couple of months:

      • Total number of backlinks
      • Backlinks grouped by domain
  30. Iris says:

    Seoreviewtools is undoubtedly the Best SEO tool to check and monitor competitor’s backlinks and online authority!

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Thanks Iris ;-)

  31. Yama says:

    This is an awesome and powerful tool. I love how quick everything loads and it helps me create my next backlinking plans… Thanks

  32. marc rose says:

    I’m very local service oriented and I have several pages that our on the first page of google and I do get traffic. I see that I have a 1 rating DA and PA. There is decent competition for some of my keywords. Is possible to have a website that generates traffic with only a 1? It’s a young site and I’m trying my best to get it going stronger. I hired someone but that clearly hasn’t worked out well if I’m still at a one.

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hey Marc, if I were you I wouldn’t focus to much on Domain- and Page Authority, because these numbers should be used as an indication to interpret page & domain strength. Getting relevant / well converting traffic to your website is way more important.

      But to answer your question: High DA backlinks will have a big impact on the DA and PA score for your site.

  33. BDdevelopers says:

    Thanks for this tool / service.

  34. Jeremiah Say says:

    Does higher domain authority automatically means a higher ranking in search results? Some sites beg the differ. I am not sure so I ask! It seems to be pretty confusing and a lot of contradiction

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi Jeremiah,

      A higher domain authority doesn’t automatically mean higher rankings. Domain authority is based on multiple factors including: number of backlink, quality of backlinks, number of linking root domains and relevancy.

      Rankings are based on all the above and of course the on page factors like: content quality, keyword focus, and general theme relevancy of your domain for a specific topic.

      That being said, Domain Authority has a high correlation with rankings and by looking at the authority of a domain you get a pretty good idea of the ranking potential of a domain.

  35. Digiturk says:

    It’s a great tool and thanks for making it available for free. You can however improve it even when you show limited results. Currently it shows many sitewide links – I just used your tool to check backlinks to one of my sites and it showed sitewide links only from 2 domains.

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:


      That would be a great functionality, but unfortunately this setup will double / triple the number of API units to extract this data from the MOZ API.
      So for now this isn’t an option.

  36. Sophia says:

    Nice tool to check backlinks!!

  37. SimplyIrfan says:

    This is one of the best tool to check backlinks .. great work!

  38. Jeffry Alexander says:

    Great tools..

    I’ve been checking my competitors backlinks with it.. Found valuable links which I can use for our off-page strategies.. Many thanks for this!

  39. Chris says:

    Thanks so much for offering this helpful tool. It is very useful. In case you want feedback, I think it would be great if you could please also consider including another column to display the linked page (i.e., the actual page that the backlink goes to on the domain). When selecting “All pages on this domain” it is difficult to know which page each backlink is going to on the domain. Thanks for your consideration.

    Keep up the great work!

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hi Chris, Thanks for the feedback!

      That’s a pretty obvious improvement, which I’ve completely overlooked ;-)
      So thanks again for pointing this out and I’ve added your suggestion to my to-do-list.

  40. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

    Hi Glenn, Malik and others,

    The Backlink checker is up and running again after some serious research and debugging!!

  41. Lakewood says:

    When we will be able to use the back link checker again?

  42. Glenn Shelhamer says:

    I don’t know how to check for backlinks. The process isn’t clear. Thank you.

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hey Glenn,

      There seems to be a problem with the tool, I’ll look into it and I’ll give you a heads up when the problem is fixed.

      Thanks for reporting this issue!

  43. Silke says:

    What a great tool. Thank you!

  44. Mike says:

    Hi, i tried this tool but it don’t show me backlinks, only some numbers without any link. Here is screenshot of it:

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hey Mike,

      Thanks for uploading the screenshot.

      Just did a check for your domain and the issue is solved

  45. Sarika says:

    It’s a great tool and thanks for making it available for free. You can however improve it even when you show limited results. Currently it shows many sitewide links – I just used your tool to check backlinks to one of my sites and it showed sitewide links only from 2 domains.

    1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:

      Hey Sarika,

      I’ve also encountered these results and it would be a major step forward to group these results by domain. The problem however is the monthly API quota in this case. Because I have to do a lot more request to generate the report as you would like to see it.

      So for now I’m unable to solve this problem.

  46. Lana says:

    Hi there,

    I’m getting an error ” Unable to check URL, status code: 403 Forbidden”

    I think it’s because I’ve blocked a few countries in cloudflare – do you know which countries / the IP for where the search is coming from?

    I’m trying to search the Backlink Tool / Links checker -> External Links -> All pages (and also I tried this page option but both give the error).

    Please let me know what I can do?
    (My site is working fine for me and it’s working for too so my site is not down)


    1. Admin says:

      Hi Lana,

      Thanks for the feedback. Just fixed the issue, you can now use this tool without the 403 warning.

  47. Jeremy Gray says:

    This is an awesome and powerful tool. I love how quick everything loads and it helps me create my next backlinking plans.

  48. jeewan garg says:

    There is some problem with the tool. for every website it is four zeros. Which is not possible. kindly do the needful


    1. Admin says:

      Hi Jeewan, Thanks for pointing out this problem. I’ve done a code update and fixed the problem!

  49. akomeogi says:

    What’s the difference between “This page” and “All pages on this domain” ?

    1. Admin says:

      Hey akomeogi

      The difference is as mentioned above:

      1. “This page” = External backlinks pointing to a specific page
      2. “All pages on this domain” = External backlinks pointing to your complete website (on a specific domain).

      1. Mister Vergara says:

        There is a technical problem as of the moment. The tool cannot generate links. Please fix as soon as possible. Thank you!

    2. Rajendra Reddy says:

      This page to check for only url you enter, All pages is to check for all pages on your website.

  50. David Trounce says:

    Great tool. Easy to use and easy for me to read and understand the SEO metrics I was looking for. Nice to see an SEO tool that isn’t cumbersome and doesn’t require you to jump through hoops! Well done.

  51. Dharmesh Khatri says:

    I have used different tools and all tools show me different backlink numbers. Why is that so?

    1. Admin says:

      Hey Dharmesh,

      My tool is designed to return the 100 most valuable backlinks for a domain. Besides the fact it is limited to the first 100 results it only returns equity links (because they are the important links).
      For more info please check this post:

      If you have other questions, just let me know!

    2. Pompa says:

      Is this data updated real time? Thanks!

      1. Jasja ter Horst (admin) says:


        This data is not real time. MOZ updates their index approximately on a monthly bases.
        This means you have to wait about a month to see new backlinks appear in the index.

        (In case of a low authority domain it can take even longer, because these are crawled less frequent)


  52. Athena Tria says:

    Is this data updated real time? Thanks!

    1. Admin says:

      Hi Athena,

      The backlink data and all related metrics are updated monthly.

  53. Dua biji says:

    This Awesome tool, Thanks Admin :)

  54. Techeep says:

    No backlinks found. But why at, there are 16 backlinks for my blog?

    1. Admin says:

      Hi Techeep,
      If you’re looking at the statistics returned by this tool you’ll see the exact number of external equity links pointing to the root of your domain or a specific page.

      In your case all the links found by the mozscapi api are non-equity links. The backlink checker does return the number for all backlinks equity or non-equity backlinks.

      This tool only shows the top 100 most valuable backlinks and found no equity links to return for your site.

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