It doesn’t really matter what kind of business you conduct on the Internet, because if you want to make money on the Internet — directly or indirectly — you’ll want to get visitors to your website. Search engine optimization can be very tricky business and that’s why it is always in your best interest to arm yourself with the right tools and the right data.
Sheer SEO is already one of the most respected brands on the web when it comes to SEO, but now they have released a brand new service called the Sheer Explorer. How will the Sheer Explorer aid in your search engine optimization efforts? Let’s have a look.
The Sheer Explorer from Sheer SEO
The main idea behind Sheer Explorer is that it is effectively a site explorer. It collects all the links from all around the Internet and then it allows you to see this vital information for any domain that you’d like. And the real kicker is that, unlike some of the other tools you may encounter online, Sheer Explorer is completely free to use.
The service is still relatively new, but the database behind Sheer Explorer is already very impressive. They have scanned over 10 billion URLs and compiled over 40 billion backlinks. The information is continually being collected and the database will only continue to the grow. That is the very nature of the Internet and a static tool just wouldn’t do.
Using Sheer Explorer is actually very easy too. All you have to do is enter the domain name that you’d like to research and hit the “explore” button. You are limited to just three searches per day by default, but if you sign up for a free account, that restriction is lifted and you can perform as many lookups as you’d like.
Exploring Inbound Links
After you enter the domain of your choosing, you are initially presented with a large table containing all the inbound links to that domain.
The table shows the linking URL, whether or not it is a dofollow link, the target URL, the Sheer Domain Rank, the number of outbound links and the last time the page was updated. Since there is potentially so much data associated with any given domain, it is very helpful that the data can be sorted by any one of these columns. If you only want to see the inbound links that have the highest Sheer Domain Rank, you can do that. If you only want to see the most recently updated links, you can do that too.
You’ll also notice that, at the top of the page, there is also some additional information about the domain you just entered. You get the Sheer Domain Rank, which is a “grade given to a domain by calculating its total known pages, inbound links, outbound links and few more paramaters.” You are also shown the number of linking domains, the total number of backlinks, the number of scanned pages, and the number of known pages.
Exploring Top Pages
The other main feature of Sheer Explorer is the ability to explore the top pages for any domain. This set of data is displayed in the second tab of the provided table.
Here, the table contains information about the specific URL (page), the title of the page, the number of inbound links for that page, the number of referring domains, the number of outbound links, the current status, and the last update. Again, just like the table for inbound links, the data here can be sorted by each column too. The demo page gives a good sense of how powerful this could be.
Exploring Your SEO Opportunities
Sheer Explorer can be valuable for a number of reasons. You can use it to gather and update data about your own sites, as it can be a great backlinks checker, but it can also be a good way to spy on your competition, gathering some intel on how they’re doing what they’re doing. Of course, it’s still ultimately up to you to utilize the right SEO tactics to improve your rankings, but it’s a lot easier to do that when you have the best data in front of you.