I have several hundred links to my site but for the last year when I tried link:www.site.com it showed only about a dozen. Last week, for the first time, it showed 350 plus. Now it is back to about 12. When I try this using alltheweb.com I get 399 links and have generally gotten this result any time I tried it with alltheweb. Is anyone else experiencing this?
Google's backlink function hasn't been worth anything for a very long time. They seemed to have come to the conclusion that allowing webmasters to accurately investigate linking structures within their database isn't a good idea.
I've noted such discrepancies over the past couple of years. The gap between links disclosed on Google and alltheweb has widened considerably. At the outset, I immediately took it as an indication of links Google deems relevant.
High-ranking and pertinent sites remain listed, but the list has grown markedly shorter. Recently, I noted Google no longer listing dmoz links, but it seems to have taken those back in. Insignificant sites are still listed, but I assume they're sites yet to be filtered.
Although this is merely the way I've understood this anomaly (without verification), not that it's under discussion it strikes me how often I (or we) assume things without questioning them.
I've also noticed that the number of linkpages with my backlinks in the last year decreased (when I typed: link:www.mydomian.com). At first from 800 to 500 then to 300 now only 200. But on the other hand the disappeared linkpages has at least PR4. So I cannot understand Google why not count them.
On other forums I read that here is the end of link exchange. "Reciprocal linking is dead!"