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Hey,

Curious as to any known issues to be aware of regarding backwards links from google.

I can do a backwards links search on google and get maybe 1 to 5 results when I know there are many more.

For example:

The site I posted about here recently:  http://tinyurl.com/6lv76

On Google I get 4 backwards links.  On MSN I get 26.  Yahoo gives over 30.


What is wrong w/ Google?  I find this problem w/ many sites, not just the above.


thanks,


bruno
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bruno -

Google link: operator used to give only links of PR4 and above now they have switched to giving just a sample of the links that they know about. This make the operator useless and as you have noted Yahoo and MSN are what you should use to see who links to the selected site.

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bruno -

I forgot to mention that I had a post-grad maths intern working on finding out how Google determined the 'sample' and we were unable to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion - that's why I said the Google link: operator is useless.

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interesting - i guess that explains.  have you ever heard of any reasoning for this?

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brunobear -

>have you ever heard of any reasoning for this?

Google does not want to provide any data that can be used to partially deconstruct their algorithm.

You can however get a better idea from "+www.yourdomain.+com" -site:yourdomain.com but this will include sites that just mention your web site URL without actually having a link. Also it doesn't confirm that Google considers these to be 'links' because it is simply a search.

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Thanks for your help duz
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