What kind of sites link to your site? How many links does your site have in total? How many and what kinds of links does your main competitor have?
Well, if you want to find out, you need a backlink checker – there are quite a few out there, most quite expensive and requiring monthly subscription, others much cheaper, but delivering poor results. However, there is a new kid on the block, called Quick Spy, which is part of the Backlink Flacon software suite. I have purchased the software suite from their WSO (saved $20, who-hoo), and Quick Spy is definitely growing on me. If you are looking for excellent backlink checker, then read on – this is not one of those “OMG, this tool is awesome” paid reviews, I will show you how to use the tool in order to analyze your backlinks, but I won’t be gentle, there are a few things that I don’t like and you will hear about them too.
For starters, what is Quick Spy? Well, it is backlink checker, which can help you find the backlinks of any website you choose. It works with the APIs from Seomoz and Ahrefs – the Seomoz API is free (you can download up to 1000 results), while the API from aHrefs is paid. Quick Spy works without the APIs, but I would highly recommend that you use at least the one from Seomoz.
Let’s get to work – start Quick Spy and enter any site domain name (no htttp or www) and press “Site Metrics.” When I spy on my competitors, this gives me good indication if a site is worth spying on – if the site has a handful of links reported by Seomoz and Alexa, then I would simply choose another site instead of wasting my time. If a site has a few hundred links reported or even better, a few thousand, then I would “Harvest” the links. This normally takes just a few minutes, but if the site has thousands and thousands of links, the harvesting could take some time.
What do we do once the links are harvested? We “Analyze” them – this will weed out all dead links and give us perfectly accurate link profile analysis that include the anchor text used in the link, PR of the domain or website, hosting country, number of domains, and so on.
What I like about Quick Spy
Affordable. I paid $59.99 for the whole suite. This includes Backlink Falcon and if you buy links on fiverr or any of the forums, then you are going to LOVE Backlink Falcon
- Easy to use
- Find and verifies the backlinks
- Works on any website
- Has graphs
- Allows me to save the analyzed links or the full report
What I don’t like about Quick Spy
- Cannot be purchased separately. Don’t get me wrong, I love both Backlink Flacon and Quick Spy, but I still want the option of buying either tool separately if I wanted that.
- Single license for a single computer
- No trial ——> UPDATE - 7 day trial is now available!!!
The verdict – if you don’t want to pay hefty monthly subscriptions and you need a good backlink checker, then you should definitely buy Quick Spy!