Link Building Tool Box – Productivity on Steroids

Only after compiling this mega list, i realized how many tools i use on daily/weekly basis just for link building.  I have mainly listed those tools which i use often and which are free to use. I keep adding/removing tools as i find better alternatives. If you think a tool is worth listing then please suggest it.

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Link Building Menu

  1. Niche specific searches for link prospecting
  2. Data Scraping Tools for Link Prospecting
  3. Utility Linking Tools
  4. Twitter tools for link prospecting
  5. Facebook tools for link prospecting
  6. Linkedin tools for link prospecting
  7. Other Social Media Analytics tools which help in link prospecting
  8. Brand Monitoring tools for link prospecting
  9. RSS tools for link prospecting
  10. Q & A sites for building authority and link prospecting
  11. Other Link Prospecting Tools
  12. Tools for Link Building Outreach
  13. Backlinks Analysis Tools

 

Niche specific searches for link prospecting

  1. Alltop
  2. Best of the web blog directory
  3. Blogarama
  4. Blog Catalog
  5. Blog Dash - free tool to find bloggers in your niche. (paid version is also there)
  6. Blog Digger
  7. Blog Her (NEW)
  8. Blog Hints
  9. Blog Listing
  10. Blogio
  11. Bloggapedia
  12. Blogging Fusion
  13. Blog Search Engine
  14. Bloggeries
  15. Blogrolls - find other similar authoritative bloggers in a niche.
  16. Board Reader - search particular topics that are being discussed on message boards and forums.
  17. CrunchBase – search companies and employees’ profiles and contact details.
  18. Dmoz Search
  19. EatonWeb Blog directory
  20. Globe of blogs
  21. Google Blog Search
  22. Google News Search
  23. Google News Archive Search
  24. Icerocket Blog Search
  25. PostRank Blog Search – Bypass the login, use the search box to find blogs by topic & engagement metrics.
  26. Regator - curated blog directory.
  27. Technorati Search
  28. WordPress Tag Search - great tool to find niche specific wordpress blogs. http://en.wordpress.com/tag/[insert-your-keyword-here]/
  29. Yahoo Directory
  30. Yahoo News Search

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Data Scraping Tools for Link Prospecting

  1. SERPs Redux bookmarklet - Scrape the organic search results from Google.com
  2. AutoPager –  automatically loads next pages when you reach the end of a SERP esp. useful if you have a data separated over multiple pages that you want to scrape. Chrome extensionFirefox extension.
  3. Excel Plugin by Niels Bosma - Through this Plugin you can fetch several on-page elements from a URL or list of URLs like: Title tag, Meta description tag, Meta keywords tag, Meta robots tag, H1 tag, H2 tag, HTTP Header, Backlinks, Facebook likes etc.
  4. X-Path tutorial
  5. X-Pather - It is a firefbug extension used to quickly generate path expressions while browsing HTML and XML documents.  Since X-Pather is a firebug extension, it means you first need to install firebug in order to use it.
  6. Scrapy - It is an an open source web scraping framework and is used to extract structured data from web pages & APIs. You need to know Python (a programming language) in order to use scrapy.
  7. Open Site Explorer - Scrape back links of an entire website.
  8. OBL Scraper+Contact Finder - scrape outbound links and contact details from a URL or URL list.
  9. Scraper - This chrome extension can scrape data from web pages and export it to Google docs.

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Utility Linking Tools

  1. Backlink Builder
  2. Link Acquisition Assistant - returns 121 link acquisition queries
  3. Solo SEO

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Twitter tools for link prospecting

  1. Advanced Twitter Search
  2. AnalyzeWords- Enter your Twitter name or the handle of a person to learn about his emotions, social styles, and the ways he thinks.
  3. Backtweets- tool to analyze any twitter profile.
  4. Followerwonk- search twitter bios and find people who share same interest. For e.g. you can determine the twitter profiles of event planners, SEOs, chiropractors etc.
  5. Free Twitter Follower Analytics in Excel
  6. Manage Fitter- find people you follow but are not following you. Lot of filter options.
  7. MentionMap – find people connected to influencers on twitter
  8. MuckRack – What are journalist talking about
  9. My Top Tweets – tool to find top tweets of a person
  10. Snap Bird - search the tweet history of any twitter profile.
  11. Topsy Social Analytics – search & compare how a blog/website performs on twitter.
  12. Tweetsheet – visualize the geographic impact of your tweets; show your best followers
  13. TwitterCounter - Through this tool you can graph the growth of any twitter profile over time. Good tool to find emerging influencers.
  14. Twitter Grader - check online influence of a twitter profile compared to millions of other users that have been graded. Another tool to find emerging influencers.
  15. Twitter Reach – search for a URL, twitter name, phrase or hash tag to visualize the true reach of a tweet.
  16. Wefollow- tool to find people on twitter who are influential.
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Facebook tools for link prospecting

  1. Facebook Insight - tool to find your influencers on facebook.
  2. Free Facebook Fan Page Analytics in Excel
  3. Free Facebook Competitive Analysis in Excel
  4. Facebook Search
  5. YourOpen Book - tool to search facebook updates.

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Linkedin tools for link prospecting

  1. Linkedin Advanced Search
  2. Linkedin Advanced Answers Search
  3. Linkedin analytics for Businesses -  tool to find your influencers on linkedin.
  4. Linkedin analytics for Individuals - tool to find your influencers on linkedin.
  5. Linkedin Search

Note: In order to fully utilise all the built-in analytics feature of Linkedin, you need to upgrade to Premium account of Linkedin

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Other Social Media Analytics tools which help in link prospecting

  1. Klout-  klout Score measures online influence of a person on a scale of 1 to 100.
  2. PeerIndex - provides detailed analytics of your social stream.
  3. Sharedcount- track facebook (likes, shares, comments), tweets, Google +1s, diggs, linkedin shares, Google buzz and stumble upon of any page whether or not the page has sharing buttons installed.
  4. SiteTrail Analytics - get a quick snapshot of organic and social media presence of any website.

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Brand Monitoring tools for link prospecting

  1. Google Alerts- track brand mentions. Can also be used for link building.
  2. Hyper Alerts – send email reports of post and comments on a facebook fan page.
  3. Social Mention - determine what people talk about you on social media. You can also determine sentiments (positive, negative or neutral) and who are your top users etc.
  4. Topsy- another tool to find out what people are talking about you or your brand on social media.
  5. Twilert – works the same way as  Google alerts does but only on twitter

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 RSS tools for link prospecting

  1. Feedburner Analytics
  2. PostRank Analytics- tool to measure social engagement, determine social engagement sources and your top influencers. tracks RSS feed content’s performance in the social world.

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Q & A sites for building authority and link prospecting

  1. Askville by amazon
  2. Linkedin Answers
  3. Quora
  4. Wiki Answers
  5. Yahoo Answers
  6. List of niche specific Q & A websites
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Other Link Prospecting Tools

  1. 10000 Search Engine Queries for your Link Building Campaign
  2. Bing Social Search
  3. Blogger LinkUp – tool to find bloggers, guest post opportunities.
  4. BuzzStream Email Research Tool – tool to find email addresses
  5. Directories that work for Link Building
  6. Double Click Ad Planner
  7. Embedanything - tool to leverage content theft for link building
  8. Eight Fold Logic - similar to my blog guest but the audience is wider & the interface more customized for creating one-to-one, private connections.
  9. Google Search by Image
  10. Help a Reporter out
  11. ifttt- awesome tool to automate ‘if this then that’ type of task. For e.g.  you can send yourself an email if i you are mentioned by a particular influencer in your niche.
  12. Link Building Toolbar - Keep track of existing links & links you are prospecting directly from within your browser.
  13. Link Prospector – it helps in finding tons of link building opportunities. Pricing option: ‘pay as you go’.
  14. MyBlogGuest - Tool to find guest post opportunities.
  15. Open Site Explorer
  16. Outreachr – tool to find contact details in bulk
  17. Peep Mail - tool to find email addresses
  18. SEO Takeaways BackLinks Analysis Tool - great tool to reverse engineer your competition and find linking opportunities.
  19. SEOmoz Competitive Link Finder - get a list of common backlinks acquired by your competitors.
  20. SEOmoz web directory list
  21. Tiny Eye - Reverse image search tool.
  22. Yolink – Searches the contents behind links
  23. Whitespark - tool to find location citation sources for you.
  24. Zemanta - help bloggers to find your work. add your RSS feed to zemanta.

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Tools for Link Building Outreach

  1. Ad Remover and Better UI for Gmail - Chrome extension which remove all the ads in Gmail, enhance its interface. compatible with the new Gmail.
  2. Boomerang for Gmail - is a Firefox / Chrome plugin that lets you take control of  when you send and receive email messages. You can schedule an email to be sent later.
  3. Gmail Canned Responses - It is a Gmail lab tool. You need to go to Settings icon > Labs to enable it.  It allows you to save email templates.
  4. Gmail Send and Archive - It is a gmail lab tool which adds a button to the compose form that lets you send a reply message and archive the email conversation in a single action. You need to go to Settings icon > Labs to enable it.
  5. Highrise
  6. ifttt- awesome tool to automate ‘if this then that’ type of task.
  7. Rapportive - It is a Gmail plugin which shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox.
  8. Taskforce- It list emails as tasks and is a great tool to manage emails. It is like you installed a mini version of basecamp in your Gmail account.
  9. Texter - great tool for text substitution.

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Backlinks Analysis Tools

  1. Ahrefs
  2. Advanced Report of the Majestic SEO Tool - visualize the Geographic Profile of a site’s back links
  3. Bleeko – Free back links analysis tool
  4. Dr. Pete Worksheet - visualize the Quality of Back Links of a website
  5. Link Detective – free back links analysis tool. Determine link types.
  6. Majestic SEO BackLink History Tool - Visualize the Link growth/ Velocity of your website and that of your competitors.
  7. Majestic Site Explorer - analyze back links of a website
  8. Open Site Explorer- analyze back links of a website, compare ranking potential of two and more sites.
  9. SEO Takeaways Backlinks Analysis tool - determine the back link profile of your top SEO Competitor(s)
  10. Tagxedo - tool to create word cloud and visualizes the anchor text distribution analysis of a website.
  11. Linkstant – Real time (almost) monitoring of back links.

 

Other Tools

  1. BackLinks Removal Tool
  2. NetComber – tool to detect link networks.

 

 

Himanshu Sharma About the Author: is the founder of seotakeaways.com which provides SEO Consulting, PPC Management and Analytics Consulting services to medium and large size businesses. He holds a bachelors degree in ‘Internet Science’, is a member of 'Digital Analytics Association', a Google Analytics Certified Individual and a Certified Web Analyst. He is also the founder of EventEducation.com and EventPlanningForum.net.

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