Yahoo Site Explorer API going down this month - Alternatives?

The title says it all really. The most reliable API for backlinks, the SiteExplorer API, is deprecated and shutting down at the end of this month. What’s the next best alternative for accurate backlink data?

That’s terrible. That is going leave services like Majestic SEO.

Tell me about it… I’m having a hard time believing that that one API which is going away is the only source for this information. SEO people all over must be tripping out.

how about scraping yahoo directly?