With its impending demise being public knowledge for around five months, Yahoo! has finally pulled the plug on its Site Explorer feature.

Launched back in September 2005, Yahoo! Site Explorer allowed SEO professionals and online marketers access to a wealth of hugely useful information.

According to an article published by Search Engine Watch, the tool will now roll in to Bing Webmaster Tools. However unlike Yahoo! Site Explorer, Bing Webmaster Tools won’t have a competitor analysis function – meaning data about rival sites will be lost.

Throughout its six-year lifespan, Yahoo! Site Explorer was always free. Writing for SEW, Frank Watson has stated that there aren’t any free alternatives.

He has, however, detailed a number of alternative tools that can be purchased on a small budget.

One of the best examples he provides is SEOMoz’s Open Site Explorer.

Open Site Explorer provides all of the information Yahoo!’s Site Explorer did. Whilst membership costs start at $99 a month, Watson points out that a greater amount of link information is provided for that fee – making it a great choice for anyone operating less than five websites.

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