Today you may have read the news about imminent shutdown of Yahoo Site Explorer (YSE). The “Big Name” SEOs have been tweeting and saying on Google+ that Majestic SEO must be dancing on the tables. Let’s just say we knew it was coming and we have been preparing for years. We think you will be pleasantly surprised with our version. Now that the announcement is made, let’s just compare how many links we have to the announcement in our index compared to the links Yahoo are reporting themselves: (Our fresh index gets updated two or three times a day, as does Yahoo, so the number may have varied by the time you read this article.)
Who’s the King?
Majestic Site Explorer reporting 68 links
Yahoo Site Explorer reporting 45 links
We think those numbers speak for themselves! (Snapshot: 4:30 PM GMT, 11/7/2011)
So how did Majestic SEO go about beating Yahoo Site Explorer?
Well it wasn’t overnight!
Yahoo Site Explorer was launched in late 2005, approximately a year before Majestic started its own work on back links analysis. For some time we tracked our index growth and compared it with them:
It took another year to finally match index size of Yahoo in middle of 2008. Year later in 2009 we have become the only 2nd company in the world to announce trillion URL index.
After that our focus shifted to beating Yahoo on freshness culminating in launch of our fresh index in March 2011. What can better illustrate that we’ve bested the gold standard of link checking? L
Later this week we’ll publish details to help port applications using Yahoo API to Majestic API, stay tuned.