How to find and check any website’s backlinks [For Beginners]

One of the most common questions business owners ask us when working together is, “How can we see all of our backlinks.” The reason this question is so frequent is that backlinks still play a major role in SEO rankings.

After all, how can a company improve its backlinks if they don’t know its current state? If the company wants to improve its rankings, it needs to know its current backlink profile and where it needs improvements. And what about competitors – how do you estimate the website’s Google ranking potential if they can’t analyze the competition?

For this reason, today, I’ll show you the two easiest methods I show when I work with SMBs, both of which you can do for free.

How do I find and check backlinks?

As a general rule, finding the backlinks to your website or competitors can be done with third-party SEO tools. When only trying to find backlinks for your website, you can also use the completely free Google Search Console. Keep in mind that Search Console requires an upfront setup. We will start by showing you,how to check you and your competitors’ backlinks in Morningscore.

First, make sure you have an active Morningscore account (14 days free) by signing up below.

Finding any website’s backlinks in 6 simple steps:

1. Click on “Links” in the navigational menu

Once you log in to the platform, you will find the shortcuts to all tools in the navigational menu. One of them is the “Links” tool, marked with a chain icon. Clicking on it will take you to all tools related to your backlinks. If you don’t have an account yet, remember to try the platform completely for free for 14 days.

click on links in the navigational menu

2. Scroll down to see you and your competitors’ “Linkscore”

The first thing you’ll see once the tool opens is your Linkscore. The Linkscore is a single metric that gives you an idea of your (and competitors’) website’s authority. It correlates with your rankings based on how many qualitative links you have. In other words, it looks at both the quality and quantity of links.

Scroll down to view your competitor linkscore

For example, suppose you have many backlinks from low-authority websites. In that case, your Linkscore will likely be low – as Google itself won’t see your site as very authoritative. Similarly, even if you have very high-quality backlinks, you need quite a few of those to have a high Linkscore. You might still have a low Linkscore if you don’t have many of them, simply because there’re so few of them.

This calculation is done for your competitors as well, giving you a realistic estimate of who is the industry leader in your niche. You can also add new competitors to Morningscore here by clicking on the “Add competitor” button, located below the linkscore overview.

On the graph to the left of the competitor linkscore overview, you will be able to see a graph detailing your linkscore over time. If you want a visual representation of your competitors’ linkscores, then you can add them to the graph by clicking on the “competitors” button above the graph. Here you can choose which websites to show on the graph. You can even select multiple websites at once.

Of course, having a low link score doesn’t stop you from ranking well. After all, your rankings are highly dependent on the overall competition in your industry. If you have many large competitors who produce spot-on content, you have a low chance of ranking. Consequently, you will need a very high Linkscore to get to the top.

3. Go to the “All Links” tab

Once you’ve explored you and your competitors’ Linkscores, navigate to the section containing all of your backlinks. Clicking on “All links” in the navigational menu will take you to a page with a list of your links.

Go to the all links section to see all your backlinks

In this part of the link section, you can sort and filter all your links based on many of their qualities. One popular thing to do here is to look for your latest links. In this case, you will sort the table by clicking on the “Date” header.

Next to the “All links” button you will see another button called “New / Lost links”. I will not go into detail about it in this section, but the New/Lost link scanner is a very handy tool for seeing changes to your backlinks. In this section you can see which links you have gained or lost over a period of time you can choose.

4. Click on each link to show more details about it

Clicking on each link expands the window and shows you in-depth details about the backlink itself. For example, doing this shows you whether the link is dofollow or nofollow, whether it’s a regular text link or comes from an image, the anchor text of the backlink, etc.

click on each link to show more details about your backlinks

Because of Google’s recent changes, some nofollow links can now be considered dofollow. Adjusting to those changes, we decided to display all of your links’ authority (i.e., value), including nofollow ones. That way you will always be able to tell how much a specific link contributes to your overall linkscore, by looking at the “page value” metric.

5. Export your links for Google Sheets or Excel

Sometimes you want to sort and filter your links in a more advanced way. Because of that, you can always get a compiled list of your links by exporting them.

export your links for google sheets or excel

At the bottom, the “Export” button allows you to get a .csv export of all your backlinks. The functionality allows you to select the exact CSV export format that fits you. This can be Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel, Open Office, or any other program.

6. See competitor backlinks by selecting their website

Lastly, to see your competitor backlinks, click on the button showing your page, just below the “All links” button. When you click this button, it will open a drop down menu, where you can select the competitor whose backlinks you want to check. Doing this will update the list of links, and show you all of their backlinks, in the table you previously used to see your links.

Additionally, if you want a more comprehensive overview of your competitive landscape, you also have the option to export the competitor links for a side-by-side comparison with your own. You can use our Competitor Backlink Analysis Tool for a detailed examination of your rivals’ backlink profiles.

see competitor backlinks by selecting their website

Having an overview of your competitors’ backlinks is also practical when it comes to link building. Knowing competitor backlinks gives new link building opportunities, as many of the pages that are relevant to your competitors will also be relevant to you, and if they already give out links to competitors chances are they might be open to giving links to you as well.

How do I check my backlinks on Google?

Google Search Console is one of the best sources of data when it comes to backlinks. We’ll now look at exactly how you can use it to find your backlinks. However, keep in mind three things about it.

Firstly, you need to set it up in advance. The earlier you add your site, the more data you’re going to see in it. In other words, if you’ve just started optimizing your website for search engines, setting up Search Console should be one of your top priorities.

Secondly, Search Console does not show you competitor data.

Lastly, you can’t see each link’s authority in Search Console. Although never fully accurate, third-party SEO tools try to show you a rough estimate of the authority of each link.

However, Google Search Console often shows more links than some third-party tools. There’s simply no competition when it comes to the speed of discovering your backlinks. Because of that, you can be sure that, in many ways, Search Console “knows best.”

1. Log in to Google Search Console

First and foremost, you need to log in to Google Search Console. As you can see, I’ve already set it up and have my website ready. This process can take a little while, depending on how you chose to authenticate your website on the platform.

Once fully set up, choose your website from the top-left menu right under the Google Search Console logo.

log in to google search console

2. In the sidebar, scroll down and click “Links”

The “Links” tool is one of the last menu options, right above “Settings.” Opening it will update your window, and you should see four small tables split into two columns. Here’s what it should look at:

Let’s briefly look at the functionality of each of them. The “External links” tables show all backlinks pointing towards your website. In other words, it is the column that shows how your website “interacts” with other websites. Meanwhile, the “Internal links” column shows you backlinks between each page on your website.

in the sidebar scroll down and click links

Top linked pages (External) – This table shows you the pages on your website ordered by how many backlinks they have. Keep in mind; this is only for the links pointing from other websites to your website.

Top linking sites – This table shows you backlinks coming from other websites sorted by their number. The websites that link to you the most appear at the top.

Top linking text – Here, you can see all of the anchor texts used in your backlinks from other websites. Once again, they are sorted by their popularity.

Top linked pages (Internal) – Similar to the feature in External links, however, it applies only to your internal links. The table shows you your most internally linked pages.

3. Explore “Top linked pages” & “Top linking sites”

To see all of your backlinks, I recommend starting with “Top linked pages.” That’s because, especially for beginners, this table makes backlinks more tangible. In other words, you see how valuable each of your pages is based on its backlinks.

In contrast, by exploring the “Top linking sites” feature, you don’t necessarily get anything tangible except a nice-to-have overview. However, exploring all tables under “External” as a beginner is usually a good idea because this helps you better understand how Google sees your website.

Clicking on the “More >” button in “Top linked pages” returns the full list of your pages and the number of backlinks for each. You can expand the view by selecting a bigger number from the dropdown at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can use the pagination option at the bottom.

explore top linked pages top linking sites

4. Select a page to see all its linking domains

The next step here is to click on one of your pages. This will update the window and show you all websites linking to your specific page. At the top, you can see a quick overview that shows you the number of all outgoing and incoming backlinks. For example, one of our pages on “how backlinks works” has 93 external links and 42 linking websites.

select a page to see all its linking domains

5. Click on any of the websites to see all links

Lastly, you want to click on one of the linking websites. Doing this will show you all the backlinks from that website to the specific page you selected in the previous step. Seeing this is important because one website can link to you from more than one page.

For example, clicking on one of our linking websites – – brings up a report of the pages that link to us from that specific website.

click on any of the websites to see all links

Here, you can open the Linking page and see what the link looks like on the actual page. However, always be cautious when opening those links – especially if you don’t recognize the website linking to you as it can potentially infect your computer malware.

6. Analyze your backlinks by clicking “Export”

Last but not least, Google Search Console also offers you the option to download your backlinks. The great thing about it is that it is a Google product – which naturally means it integrates with other tools from Google Workspace – in this case, Google Sheets.

analyze your backlinks by clicking export

In conclusion

And there you have it – these are the two most popular methods of finding the backlinks for any website. Third-party tools usually show you more in-depth data. However, take that with a grain of salt, as they rely primarily on estimations. Meanwhile, Search Console shows you less data about each individual link. However, it tends to find more up-to-date backlinks.

If you have any more questions about backlinks, you can read our answers to commonly asked questions here:


How can the quality of a backlink be assessed beyond basic metrics?

Assessing the quality of a backlink extends beyond basic metrics to include the relevancy of the linking site to your content, the trustworthiness of the domain, and whether the link is a “follow” or “nofollow” link. High-quality backlinks typically come from reputable sources within your industry or niche that have content directly related to yours.


What strategies can improve a website’s backlink profile?

Improving a website’s backlink profile involves actively seeking opportunities for guest posting, engaging with relevant communities, and creating high-quality, shareable content that naturally attracts backlinks. Also, regularly auditing your backlink profile to remove or disavow low-quality or spammy links is crucial.


How do Google algorithm updates affect backlink evaluation?

Google’s algorithm updates continue to refine how backlinks are evaluated, emphasizing the quality, relevance, and natural acquisition of links over sheer quantity. Updates aim to penalize manipulative link-building practices and reward those sites contributing genuinely valuable content to the web ecosystem.

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