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Google Backlinks


I have noticed a lot of confusion regarding backlinks in Google when people use the link: operator lately. A lot of people get worried if their backlinks have dropped in Google.

Google say "The query [link:] will list webpages that have links to the specified webpage. For instance, [link:www.google.com] will list webpages that have links pointing to the Google homepage. Note there can be no space between the "link:" and the web page URL."

Some people have read this to mean "Link: will list all webpages linking to the homepage", Which is untrue. The link: operator lists a small selection of links pointing to a page in no specific order.

If Google showed 200 links one day and 100 the next it doesn't mean they only know about 100 backlinks and it doesn't mean they have started ignoring half of your backlinks. The amount of backlinks Google shows depends on which datacenter you are querying with that search.

Google use all backlink in their algo as soon as they find them, Regardless how many links are displayed in a link: search.

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Posted by Anonymous raj @ Saturday, 03 February, 2007

That was some good info.. but why are the results different with link:www.website.com and link: www.website.com (with a space between : and www)?  



Posted by Anonymous Steven Bradley @ Saturday, 03 February, 2007

raj with and without the space after link: performs two completely different searches.

Without the space you're using the advanced link operator and getting the small subset of backlinks Google wants to show you.

When you add the space though, you are no longer using link as an advanced operator. You're searching for results that contain either link: or your domain.

So with the space you will see any page that mentions your domain. Many will be backlinks, which I think is what causes the confusion. Some sites listed may simply have mentioned your site without giving you a link.

Either way Google really isn't a good place to search for your backlinks. And that's just how Google wants it since they prefer we not be able to reverse engineer anything.

Yahoo will give you a much better account of your backlinks.  



Posted by Blogger anne1978 @ Saturday, 21 July, 2007

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Posted by Anonymous LiverpoolMad @ Thursday, 17 January, 2008

Guys .... i've been going through the various techs of backlinks but unable to find the correct way. For instance, i used to check my backlinks by "site: websitename.com". It retrieved over 1,00,000 links for a year but suddenly for some weird reason it has dropped down considerably to 28,000....Why has it suddenly reduced????
Plz help me on this problem...
i'll be very happy with ur help  



Posted by Anonymous LiverpoolMad @ Monday, 28 January, 2008

Help guys on my above query....
by the way, my website name is Bharatbook.com  



Posted by Anonymous 1websitedesign @ Friday, 08 February, 2008

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