While we have been compared to a number of tools, the one that we have the most in common with is probably Link Prospector by Citation Labs.
Both Dibz and Link Prospector use your input to run live searches and present you with results, however, Dibz gives you greater flexibility in the search composition phase, and does much more to help you evaluate the prospects returned.
To give credit where credit is due, Link Prospector has a couple of more preset research types than Dibz, and allows you to specify search region and scope, but as far as the rest of the search is concerned, we believe that we have given our users a more convenient and versatile model.
First of all, Prospector’s search types are locked - you can neither see nor manipulate the operators and footprints used to find the sites. This means that if a search with your keywords for, say, local citation sites, doesn't return interesting results, the only thing you can modify to get better prospects are your keywords.
With Dibz, you can select the exact individual operators you wish to include, or even expand the research template with your own operators through our custom search option. Of course, Link Prospector also allows you to create a search from scratch, without selecting a research template, but this search cannot be combined with their research types.
This is where Dibz really gets to shine and save you a lot of time. The only metrics Link Prospector returns with their results are Moz’ Domain Authority (if you request it to be returned) and their proprietary metric, Link Target Score (LTS), based only on the position of the page in the live search results at the moment it was found, compared to other pages in the report. The only way to filter the results list would be by characters found in the prospects domain, title or description. So basically, when you are evaluating prospects you have nothing to go on except for DA and LTS.
On the other hand, Dibz shows social metrics for prospects, Ahrefs data like DR, top anchors, referring pages and domains info (also on request), as well as contact emails - either through our free scraper or with the help of a third-party service (hunter.io). Just this would be enough to make the process from getting the results to actually outreaching the interesting ones much shorter, but we still have one important metric to address, and that is our SPAM score.
Namely, Dibz allows you to set up an extremely precise spam filter which relies on 17 factors that you can modify to your liking.
You don’t want sites with too many Ad blocks? Tell Dibz how many is too many, and how much you want to increase the spam score of sites detected to have more than what you are ready to tolerate, and Dibz will reflect this in the search results page. This allows you to massively reduce the number of sites that don’t meet your standards and only have to manually evaluate the ones that are most likely to actually turn into links.
The Bottom Line
While it also gives you more options in the search composition phase, where Dibz really has an edge over Link Prospector is in the results filtering and evaluation features. While both can be useful for smaller campaigns, these tools are at their best when you need a lot of prospects, fast, and when that is the case, how much time you’ll need for prospect evaluation is by no means an insignificant issue.