Yahoo! Site Explorer

Yahoo! Site Explorer (YSE) was a Yahoo! service which allowed users to view information on websites in Yahoo!'s search index. The service was closed on November 21, 2011 and merged with Bing Webmaster Tools, a tool similar to Google Search Console (previously Google Webmaster Tools).[1] In particular, it was useful for finding information on backlinks pointing to a given webpage or domain because YSE offered full, timely backlink reports for any site. After merging with Bing Webmaster Tools, the service only offers full backlink reports to sites owned by the webmaster.[2] Reports for sites not owned by the webmaster are limited to 1,000 links.[3]

Webmasters who added a special authentication code to their websites were also allowed to:

  • See extra information on their sites
  • Submit Sitemaps
  • Submit up to 20 URL removal requests for their domains to Yahoo!.
  • Rewrite dynamic URLs from their site by either removing a dynamic parameter or by using a default value for a parameter.
  • Submit feeds for Yahoo Search Monkey
  • View Errors Yahoo encountered while crawling their web site


  1. ^ "Site Explorer Reminder". Yahoo! Search Blog. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Backlink Reports After Yahoo! Site Explorer". Elite Strategies. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Bing Revamps Their Webmaster Tools & Launches Partial Yahoo Site Explorer Replacement". Search Engine Land. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
Bing Webmaster Tools

Bing Webmaster Tools (previously the Bing Webmaster Center) is a free service as part of Microsoft's Bing search engine which allows webmasters to add their websites to the Bing index crawler. The service also offers tools for webmasters to troubleshoot the crawling and indexing of their website, Sitemap creation, submission and ping tools, website statistics, consolidation of content submission, and new content and community resources.

Competitor backlinking

Competitor backlinking is a search engine optimization strategy that involves analyzing the backlinks of competing websites within a vertical search. The outcome of this activity is designed to increase organic search engine rankings and to gain an understanding of the link building strategies used by business competitors.By analyzing the backlinks to competitor websites, it is possible to gain a benchmark on the number of links and the quality of links that is required for high search engine rankings. Another possible outcome of competitive backlinking is the identification of the type of websites that are inclined to link to a specific type of website.

List of Yahoo!-owned sites and services

This is a partial, alphabetized list of websites and services owned by Yahoo!, a content sub-division of Oath.


The Sitemaps protocol allows a webmaster to inform search engines about URLs on a website that are available for crawling. A Sitemap is an XML file that lists the URLs for a site. It allows webmasters to include additional information about each URL: when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site. This allows search engines to crawl the site more efficiently and to find URLs that may be isolated from rest of the site's content. The sitemaps protocol is a URL inclusion protocol and complements robots.txt, a URL exclusion protocol.

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