Yahoo To Turn Off Site Explorer

Jul 11, 2011 • 9:23 am | comments (31) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Yahoo Search Engine Optimization

Yahoo Site Explorer DeadYahoo Site Explorer, which went live in September 2005 is now going to be shut down by the end of this year.

Yahoo said:

In an August 2010 blog post, we said we would continue Site Explorer with a focus on new features for webmaster community, even after the transition to Microsoft platforms is complete. We listened to your feedback, and along with the team from Bing Webmaster Center looked jointly at the roadmap for the webmaster tools. Having two webmaster portals for a single source for organic results does not add enough value. Once organic results are transitioned to Bing in all the markets, we plan to shut down Yahoo! Site Explorer and Microsoft’s Webmaster Tools will be the source for Bing and Yahoo! webmaster site and analytics data.

Horrible news for many SEOs who have come to rely on Yahoo Site Explorer as a free, comprehensive and search engine backed competitive analysis link tool.

Sad news for me, being that Yahoo keeps failing on search. But we know. Tim Mayer, the equivalent to Yahoo's Matt Cutts back int he day, was personally responsible for setting up this beloved tool. So it is so sad to see it being shut down.

Microsoft Webmaster Tools, which isn't bad, is suppose to pick up where Yahoo left off. But I doubt Microsoft will offer a competitive link analysis tool within their webmaster tools. Google doesn't, Yahoo did, I doubt Microsoft will.

Yahoo has posted a detailed FAQ on this on their blog. Here are some of them:

When will Site Explorer shutdown?

We are working with Microsoft to transition organic results in all markets to the Microsoft Search platform. Site Explorer will shut down once all markets are transitioned. This is expected later this year. We will keep updating you with progress of the transition at our Search Blog.

Will the Site Explorer APIs be shut down?

The APIs were scheduled to be shut down at the end of last year, but the timeframe has been extended for the YDN Site Explorer API up until September 15, 2011. Note: For BOSS Site Explorer APIs shut down information, scheduled for July 20, 2011, please see this April 2011 blog post.

Will Yahoo! continue to crawl my website?

Although the organic results will be powered by Microsoft Search platforms, Yahoo! will continue to innovate on the search experience beyond the services delivered by Microsoft. In order to provide Yahoo! users with an amazing search experience, our slurp crawlers may continue to selectively crawl websites to help support these efforts.

Goodbye Yahoo Site Explorer!

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john lewis uk

07/11/2011 02:49 pm

Well its a sad news, this should not be happen. I believe it was performing well.


07/11/2011 03:38 pm

Sad  very sad.... 

Black Seo Guy

07/11/2011 03:41 pm

Hate to see it go..but as they say..we all are born just to died one day. "Black Seo Guy "Signing Off"


07/11/2011 03:57 pm

I always use Yahoo Site Explorer for check backlink from other site to confirm the link exchange and link buying. I can't see the same tool to check any other sites in Bing Webmaster Center. Does anyone see it?

Barry Schwartz

07/11/2011 05:10 pm

FYI, about 30 comments on this post at Google + over at


07/11/2011 05:38 pm

Why would they shut it down, damn, now we need to relay on other websites, when we had it all in one.

Athar Basha

07/11/2011 06:32 pm

Yahoo Site Explorer is best one to check for competitor links as of date..I don't see any such tools are available for free in markets nowadays.. It's really sad news for the webmasters who relied on Yahoo Site Explorer to analyze the back links for their site mostly.

Amol Mhetre

07/11/2011 11:38 pm

Sad News .....Will miss you Yahoo Explorer !!

Barry G. Maurice

07/12/2011 01:30 am



07/12/2011 04:25 am

Very sad indeed.


07/12/2011 05:05 am

 Really bad news.

Robert Hoss

07/12/2011 07:17 am

Just one more reason I will never visit Yahoo again. Long live Google!!

Frases Romanticas

07/12/2011 12:53 pm

Well in my opinion it is blunder by Yahoo!! Site Explorer is one of the most authenticated Tool which provides complete details regarding backlinks!! It Should not be closed by Yahoo.. 


07/12/2011 07:17 pm

This just breaks my heart :(. I loved this tool. Hopefully Bing will create a good tool.

Red Deborah

07/13/2011 08:33 am

It's a pity Yahoo SE is shutting down, but, on the other hand, we'll be looking for smth else, perhaps, even better ;) Many webmasters now turn to - this backlink tool is a relatively new, but provides many useful options. So, IMHO, that's a good alternative to Yahoo SE


07/13/2011 01:26 pm



07/13/2011 01:26 pm


Get Ranked

07/13/2011 02:12 pm

I'll be sad to see it go. It was a great metric. :(

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07/14/2011 06:23 am

Its very bad news for SEOs and i don't understand why yahoo done it, i think it was incredible and admirable service of yahoo but why he redirecting it on bing web master tool, it may be a collaboration but i think there was no need for it. May be yahoo and bing are going to plan to beat google there for they are getting there strength together.


07/14/2011 06:35 pm

This is terrible news for SEOs.  I have used Yahoo!'s off site explorer many times and will be sad to see it go.


07/22/2011 07:17 am

Losers, real losers...The Entire management team at Yahoo should be fired... First they sell off the advertising to Bing, now they do stupid can they be????


07/22/2011 07:17 am

really dumb , stupid move on Yahoos part.


07/27/2011 09:30 am

I was checking sites for duplicate content yesterday and then I encountered an API error from yahoo... Seems like this is really happening. Here's what happened:


08/01/2011 08:39 am

This is really sad, though there are some other tools for checking back links like backlink watch, but nothing to beat Yahoo Site Explorer. In fact, this is the only application from Yahoo that is best in its category.


09/04/2011 05:31 pm

I am going to really miss this tool!  It has become part of my daily regimen as an IM.  Very sad to see it leave.  I hope that google will come out with something similar to this, as I do not like using the Webmaster tools associated with bing.


09/04/2011 05:33 pm

I currently am a paid subscriber to SEO Moz.  THey have an entire array of utilities like this.  Open Site explorer is there version of YSE.  I feel like YSE gives a fresher index of links+pages, but OSE give anchor text, quality of link, PR etc... I have found myself using them a lot more to ease this transition.

Kevin Clark

09/16/2011 02:42 pm

Its still working :)


09/26/2011 03:04 pm

R.I.P Great tool :(


10/17/2011 03:57 pm

I can't imagine what will do when Yahoo took this tool down :S I thinks will do the job :) 


12/13/2011 08:25 am

but again opensiteexplorer,org is not like yahoo site epxloerr, its very limited, only to 3 and its asking for the upgrade

Zhou Yaya

04/01/2013 09:04 am

Athough yahoo has shut down its site explorer, but there are many tools can replace it, i always use to check my backlinks.

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