So you have spent hours if not days building backlinks, hoping that they will improve search engine rankings for any sites you have. Perhaps you will have used one of several link packages that you can purchase on any number of forums or you've gone out and found the sites manually. Whichever way your backlinks have been gained you probably feel good that you have gotten so many new links to your site.
Before you congratulate your self too much though there are a couple of things that you need to remember where backlinks are concerned. One is that without the site is of good authority in Google's eyes then there is a chance that the link will not get indexed. The other thing is that with the amount of individuals spamming certain sites some webmasters are becoming fed up and deleting peoples profiles from their sites.
Therefore you will need to know which of the links have been indexed and which of the profiles are still active.
Now you've got two choices when doing this, either manual or automatic. If you select to try and do it manually you will have to take each link and check it in Google to see if it is indexed. You will then need to take that indexed link and check the site that you placed it on to find out whether it is still valid.
Alternately you can use software to automate the process for you and although there is a cost this is going to save you a lot of time in the long run. Imagine trying to check a batch of fifty backlinks, how long would that take if you did it manually. It would probably take you a good few hours and how demoralized would you feel if you found that after doing all that hard work you only had a couple of live links that were indexed.
Now look at it this way, you automate the process and it tells you that you only have two valid live links, although not what you want to see five minutes of checking with some software is better than two hours to get told that.
While automation is definitely the best way to go when wanting to check the validity of the links, you should be careful as there are a lot of people out there offering you the next best thing that will do that job at a big price.
If you are just starting out you do not need this expensive software as there is some great programs out there that will do a good job for you at less than $ 20. To improve your search engine rankings it is not the quality of the software you have but the quality and the validity of your backlinks.