Quick’n’Dirty Link Spying

What’s the fastest way to get 1K competitor’s links? Yahoo site explorer export to TSV functionality. A different approach to “What’s Spamming II”.

$domain = 'competitor.com';
$result = @file_get_contents("http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/export?p=$domain&bwm=i&bwmf=s&bwmo=d");

27 thoughts on “Quick’n’Dirty Link Spying”

  1. Yeah I’ve always used Yahoo Explorer to get the competitors links, whenever I bring it to excel, I always make sure to order the websites in alphabetical order, that way, I can easily spot duplicate URLS, and just get one url to take a look at.

    Till then,


      1. Well I haven’t used Market Samurai, but I suspect it has similar features. I am quite happy with my purchase of SEO Elite though. I’ve had it for several years and it is still a very useful tool.

  2. zerotoseo, is there anyway to contact you not via comment? I would love to pick your brain on some basic stuff covered on your blog. Let me know, thanks.

  3. @Aluminum, that’s great to know that SEO Elite has stayed relevant for you then threw all these years, I tried a product from Brad before in the past, but didn’t like it too much and have never purchased a Brad product since 🙁


    1. Yes I can’t say much for his other products. His keyword elite wasn’t very good. The thing is that he releases software and then continues to develop it for years. So some of his software might get a lot better in time.

  4. Definitely…what better way to find backlinks than to see where all of your competitors are getting their links from. You can almost always copy a good portion of those links. It also gives you a good idea of what kind of link profile you need to beat them.

  5. Simple but awesome idea. I used it in a SEO app I’m building. Sometimes one idea is all it takes to get over programmer’s block. Let’s hope Yahoo keeps this available; some of their APIs are being retired now.

  6. I heard first time about it. Its really a good news for all internet users, who wants more traffic. Really good efforts from Google’s end. I’m posting new article regularly on my blog but not getting good amount of traffic.

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  8. Yahoo site explore is fantastic for narrowing down which links a competitor has. In addition it usually shows the most powerful links at the top.

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