Google is only showing selective backlinks, possibly in an attempt to prevent webmasters from 'copying' high ranking sites by trying to mimick their backlinks.
Even though your backlink doesn't show with the "link:" command it still is counted by Google.
I am staring to think/believe Google is devaluating most high PR backlinks since the high PR backlinks I got dont affect my SERPs at all.
But this would undermine their whole concept of PR and backlinks, wouldn't it?
I highly doubt that they devalue high PR links. Why should they?
They will show up in the next backlink update.
One of my sites do not show Google & dmoz links from the last backlink update. I believe it will show up again.
It may be that you have been penalized. A Google penalty can take months to show up in the PR bar. One good indication is frequency of Googlebot visits. Have you seen a dramatic decrease in Googlebot activity?
As a precaution, make sure the 30 sites you are linking to (I assume they are yours) do NOT link back. The backlinks will not help much but this is how Google determines that the entire cluster should be penalized together.
C'mon now, don't lead the guy astray.
Google changed the way it displays backlinks. Higher PR ones usually don't show now. This is a widespread phenomenon so it is 99% likely that what you see has nothing to do with your site.
This is still the worst aspect of Google's change. It's mean-spirited to deliberately confuse less experienced people by consciously serving up useless trash.
Penalized - that's my obvious concern. GG comes crawling regular as ever and my site does OK (although it never fully recovered from Florida).
I'm a web designer (am I allowed to be that specific here?!) and the majority of the sites I build provide a discrete link at foot of page - not primarily for PR value, but to let people know who built the site. My clients are happy, I'm happy. The sites I link to, and who link back, are all completely different topics... so you've described exactly what I'm concerned about and that I've read about elsewhere: Google thinks I'm part of a big ol' link farm.
I'm not too interested in removing the sites from my portfolio or from removing the 'reciprocal' links just to keep the Google gods happy!
I guess there's no solution, so I'll just wait and watch to see what Google decides to do with my business (!).
steveb - I wouldn't call myself 'less experienced' ;) and I don't get lead astray by any one persons opinion. I'm aware of the mess that PageRank is in at the moment, but I haven't seen anyone describing my problem. As we all know, there's no certainty with G at the moment. For instance I have a PR7 site linking to me and that shows in my backlinks.
"I haven't seen anyone describing my problem"
There are at least a dozen threads on the topic, probably forty mention it.
You may be doing something to get you penalized, but you would see the effects of that in ways that people get penalized, not some obscure thing that wouldn't hurt you at all (in other words, no penalty). On the other hand, thinking that you are not being effected by a widespread phenomenon effecting every site on the Internet is not a good road to go down.
Go to ten or twenty PR7 pages in the Google directory. See how many/most don't show as backlinks.
you are not being penalized. Relax.
|Go to ten or twenty PR7 pages in the Google directory. See how many/most don't show as backlinks. |
Lots of them - in the web design category. Couldn't find any examples in other cats. That lends some credence to the 'link farm' possibility.
Many web design firms will have the same pattern as my site, which shares a similar pattern to link networks: lots of sites inter-linking (in this case only my site links to them all) and sharing the same IP or C-block, so I'm not going to casually dismiss the chance that the (not as clever as some like to think) Google bot won't add 2 + 2 and shoot me.
Out of the dozens of threads that I didn't find (and still couldn't with a variety of searches), was there any conclusion? Could you point me at one?
"was there any conclusion?"
Yes the obvious one stated... the backlink command no longer shows anything useful or consistent, ignore it.
Has Googlebot stopped taking pages?
As made quite clear in several posts above, the Google backlinks are at the moment not representative of the actual true backlinks that are determining the serps. The backlinks that Google is showing are a subset that consists primarily of the shoddiest of the real backlinks.
It cannot be overstated that at this time you will spare yourself a lot of grief if you simply avoid typing link:yoursite.com into Google. Just ignore it. It means nothing. It's a Google version of a sick joke, (but of course, we should feel grateful... we get the daily, feeble, Olympic graphics on the home page, and they have heaps of IPO dollars to roll around in, and they're still close to being a SE monopoly, so we should just shut up and be dazzled by their spammy, hyped-to-the-max piece-of-crap SE).
In my humble opinion, etc, etc.
Agreed. As of the last backlink update I found nothing but junk in my backlinks and all of the quality ones are no longer listed. It's just what they've chosen to show us. For some reason they've chosen to show us the bottom of the barrel this time around. I have been avoiding using the link funcionality since that update. It would be nice if they started showing reasonable backlinks again though, but their motivation for the change might be justified so I'm not holding out much hope for that.
Steve is correct. I have a site with well over 1,000 backlinks from PR0 right up to PR7. Yahoo shows me in the region of 800 of them, while Google only shows 30 or so.
Backlink data has been way off for a long time with Google, in my experiences that is.
|I am staring to think/believe Google is devaluating most high PR backlinks since the high PR backlinks I got dont affect my SERPs at all. |
I tend to agree with Nicke. For my reasons see my msg #38 in [webmasterworld.com...]
|An 'unnatural' SEO'd site will probably have proportionally far fewer links from low PR pages because the webmaster has been concentrating on getting the high PR links. |
Thats a bit tough for Google to use that sort of thought pattern.
What happens if the site naturally attracts high PR links, authority sites that have high PR and link out?
I am still seeing a lot of good coming out of the high PR links that I have, coupled with the right anchor text and the right on page optimisation.
It seems to me that the link: command simply shows a random selection of backlinks, some with high PR and others with low or even zero PR. However, somehow Google produces the same random sample each time.
I remain of the opinion that this behaviour is accidental (i.e. it's a bug) but I could be wrong. In any case, forcing webmasters to use Yahoo to check backlinks is not good public relations.
It's a bit of a strange one - the inconsistent back links, particularly from the toolbar.
It's not like this is there just for web masters.
It's part of the public facing services of a billion dollar company installed on millions of PCs. I'm not at all sure what the game plan is here, if it's not accurate then why show it, if it's supposed to bring up the results it does I don't get it.
So in short either it's broken (which I kind of suspect since the PR is slowly going out of date) in which case that's a bit shoddy.
OR it's supposed to look that way. If so why?
|So in short either it's broken (which I kind of suspect since the PR is slowly going out of date) in which case that's a bit shoddy. |
I am not sure why you would think it is broken or that PR is going out of date. PR is still a core part of the Google algo so it will always be a factor.
|It's not like this is there just for web masters. |
Who else would be interested if it was not just webmasters and optimisers? The everyday searcher does not care how many backlinks a site has.
|What happens if the site naturally attracts high PR links, authority sites that have high PR and link out? |
I would expect it also to naturally attract low PR links, thereby producing a natural mix.
|I would expect it also to naturally attract low PR links, thereby producing a natural mix. |
I would expect that as well, but in reality who knows what could happen.
I don't think there is a penalty, I completely agree with SteveB, the backlink command is utter crap, please don't even look at it. They are purposely showing the worst backlinks possible. Just pick up any small site from dmoz directory and check out its backlinks, you will see all possible dmozz clones showing up in the backlinks. This was never there earlier, Google has purposely screwed up their links command.
My favourites so far:
|you are not being penalized. Relax. |
Oooh, that's OK then... conclusive evidence.
|Has Googlebot stopped taking pages? |
|...Google produces the same random sample each time |
Random but constant at the same time. The mathemeticians are herniating.
|...Google has purposely screwed up their links command |
Where to begin? What could possibly be the point? What is the percentage of vaguely-aware-of-Google-algorithm-changes people out of the Google user base? 0.01%? 0.0001? Who knows? I know for sure it ain't enough to affect any commercial decision.
Yup, the toolbar is fubared, as far as PR / backlinks is concerned but, if you like to believe in a conspiracy, that is **great** for Google - any business who can't consistently hit the top 20 (which used to be easy for a compentent SEO) now needs to look at Adwords.
Kerching. "Would sir like the Ferrari in red or black?"
|Random but constant at the same time. The mathemeticians are herniating. |
No mathematicians would have a problem with this concept. If you were represent the constant pi as a binary sequence, it would appear to be totally random noise, however, it will be the same random noise each and every time.
Programmers often use random numbers to seed various algos such as encryption. However, they are not truly random, they are referred to as pseudo-random numbers. The only way to create truly random numbers is to create a hardware random generator based on, say, radioactive decay. Of course, one or two members of WW are probably aware that a hot cup of tea can work wonders too.
|I am not sure why you would think it is broken or that PR is going out of date. |
Does anyone else think PR hasn't changed or been updated for a while or is it just me?
PageRank has not been updated for a while, but that does not mean that it has not been Google side. All it means at present is that the toolbar has not been updated - which as we all know can be incorrect.