Find Competitor Backlinks with MSN Live – SEO Tip Week 46

Written on November 20, 2007 – 11:30 am | by Shell Harris |

Update 1/15/08: This feature is no longer working with MSN Live.

Check on the backlinks from your competitors is part of the competitive analysis of any good SEO consultant or “expert”. Up until recently using Yahoo to research competitor backlinks was the only search engine you could do this in effectively. Well, now is also back in the game and showing you backlinks to websites. But they also have a nice trick for using keywords to narrow your search.

If you visit and search for the following: “seo tips” you will be show search results that have links pointing to and also have the phrase ‘seo tips’ on that page that links to Be sure to include the plus sign (+) at the front or else you won’t get any results. You can click this link to see the search results for yourself: “seo tips”.

This can be an extremely useful research tool and adding the keyword phrase to the search makes it a even more valuable tool in your SEO toolbox.

Shell Harris co-founded Big Oak on January 1, 2004. In a previous career he was a print & web designer and often developed the sites he designed before focusing on his current passion for search engine optimization and Internet marketing. He is an avid researcher, SEO specialist, company mouthpiece and is always looking for the next big thing in Internet Marketing.

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  1. 8 Responses to “Find Competitor Backlinks with MSN Live – SEO Tip Week 46”

  2. By just a guy on Nov 20, 2007 | Reply

    Great tip and much fun. The keyword addition is really nice. I’ll waste lots of time reviewing this on all my site.


  3. By web design Longview on Nov 27, 2007 | Reply

    Ah very good. I was wondering what the trick for MSN was, but hadn’t really looked into it. Thanks

  4. By DNL on Jan 14, 2008 | Reply

    Is not working today…maybe was working back when you wrote the post. I tried with many sites and keywords and nothing.

  5. By Shell Harris on Jan 15, 2008 | Reply is no longer allowing this to work. Shame, it was a very nice feature.

  6. By Kevin on Feb 14, 2008 | Reply

    Good post, it’s always good to know who is linking to your competitor.

  7. By Hello on Jun 10, 2008 | Reply

    great article, a sites competition is really what to compete against and not really the search engine algorithm.

  8. By Anguyen on Sep 30, 2008 | Reply

    They have since started where you can verify your site like Google and check backlinks.

  9. By Andy on Jun 11, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks, good article! Maybe someone needs backlinkchecker? Try

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