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Confusion with Google's link backs. Difference between link: sitename.com and link: http://www.sitename.com

Posted on 2009-05-10
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Hello All,

There are three scenarios and all three have way too different results:

1. I go to www.canadianpardons.ca, and while on that page, I click on Page rank in my google tool bar and select "backwards links" it shows there are 14 results

2. When I go to google.com and type in link:canadianpardons.ca , it shows a lot of results.

3. When i go to google.com and type in link: canadianpardons.ca, the results are different.

Note the difference between points 2 and 3 is that there is a SPACE between the : and the site name.

Which one is valid? Which one is accurate results? And why? If there an article online that can explain this specifically in more details?

Thank you.
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galadore earned 500 total points
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The link: operator provides poor results any way you slice it.  In most cases, it shows FAR too few links but gives a smidgeon of what the total links might be.  Google webmaster tools is the best place to get link information for your website and is far more accurate:
http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2007/02/discover-your-links.html

Here's a link for some tips on getting competitors site links:
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/advanced-link-operator-to-explore-your-competitors-backlinks/6966/


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