Checking Which Search Engines Have Indexed Your Site:
URL Checker (Linkplanner.com)
Check to see how much of your site is indexed by major search engines.
Checking Your Site's Link Popularity:
Check Link Popularity (Linkpopularity.com)
Offers an easy way to find out how many sites are linking to your site as indicated by Google, Altavista and Hotbot's
And Another Link Popularity Checker
Provided by FirstPlace Software, developers of popular search engine optimization tool Altavista, Hotbot and Lycos'
Your Popularity (Marketleap.com)
Marketleap supports its link popularity checking tool (Google, AOL Search, MSN Search, FAST/Alltheweb, HotBot, and
AltaVista) with background information on the importance of link popularity.
Links with the Guru (Searchenginewatch.com)
Search Engine Optimization guru Danny Sullivan offers a round up of link popularity checking techniques, including the
tools mentioned here.
Why Is Link Popularity Important?
Links and Getting Them
This edition of FirstPlace Software's MarketPosition Newsletter focused on link popularity and assesses various techniques
and services for increasing link popularity. (Be aware that Free for All link services and Reciprocal Link Services offer little
or no tangible promotional or search engine visibility benefit.)
Marketleap offers a set of link popularity related FAQ's in tandem with their link popularity checking tool.
Detlev Johnson suggests why link popularity is important and ways to improve it in a guest article for Workz.com.
Matter More and More (Rankwrite.com)
Jill Whalen, search engine expert and co-author of the popular
Rankwrite newsletter, summarizes why link popularity is increasingly
important. (In a recent edition of the newsletter, Whalen answered
a reader's question on link popularity with a detailed analysis
of Google's page rank system and the importance of the source
of your links - see Rankwrite
Eric Ward goes "back to basics" in his Clickz.com column proposing answers for frequent questions as a way to
clarify frequent misunderstandings about the importance of links.
Links Build Traffic (Traffick.com)
Search engine optimization specialist, Ben Ellis offers some
techniques for increasing your site's link popularity.
Exploring Link Popularity in More Depth:
Expert Strategies and
'Link Mensch' Eric Ward offers convenient access to his regular commentary on "Link Building Strategies and Tactics" and
introduces a selection of writing by others on link popularity and related issues.
Word From The Link Mensch (Clickz.com)
Clickz.com offers a comprehensive archive of Eric Ward's columns on link planning.
Rankings, Avoid Risks (Spider-food.net)
J.K Bowmans Spider-food.net offers insight into ranking higher by improving link popularity. And suggests ways to avoid
Talk Links (Webmasterworld.com)
Active discussion forum devoted to "Reciprocal Linkage Topics."
Page Rank? (Google.com)
Google explains its page rank system.
Some ideas for creating reciprocal links by approaching appropriate sites.
and Keep Top Ranking (Webdevelopersjournal.com)
Good general article on creating a search engine friendly site, which includes good advice on link building and summarizes the
importance of links to various search engines.
And Don't's (Searchengineanswers.com)
Robyn Nobels compiled a good set of link building do's and don't's
after the Search Engine Strategies Conference (August 2001).