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How Google determines "links to" my site?
Why isn't Google registering all incoming links?
blastboy88




msg:174735
 5:30 pm on Oct 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have noticed in Google that my site has 54 incoming links (using link:www.widgets.com). However, when I search for www.widgets.com in Google, I've found hundreds of other sites with links to my site that aren't being counted as "links to" my site (as per Google).

I can see no difference between the links on these pages and the ones that are actually counting as links to my site. Why don't these pages show up when I use link:www.widgets.com?

Sorry if this question is rather basic, I am new to optimizing my site for Google.

 

anandus




msg:174736
 5:49 pm on Oct 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

If Google would count all links as links, then links in signatures would count as inlinks.

I reckon Google weighs te PR of a page, to count or not count a link?

BigDave




msg:174737
 5:51 pm on Oct 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Google is registering them, they just aren't reporting them with the link: command. They never have.

blastboy88




msg:174738
 6:30 pm on Oct 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

So if Google is registering them but not reporting them (in link: command), do they count towards my position in the SERPs? I thought that only the pages in "links to" count towards my site's link popularity.

bether2




msg:174739
 6:57 pm on Oct 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

So if Google is registering them but not reporting them (in link: command), do they count towards my position in the SERPs?

Yup, I think that's the general consensus - as long as it's a straight link and not a redirect.

I thought that only the pages in "links to" count towards my site's link popularity.

The sites listed using the "link:" command in google are a "random sample" of your backlinks. IMHO, very little relation to what google counts when determining your PR.

blastboy88




msg:174740
 8:02 pm on Oct 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

If "links to" doesn't include all of my incoming links or at least most of the good ones, what is its purpose? Is it simply broken like PageRank in the Google toolbar?

Perhaps I am placing too much emphasis on the link: command and its value to me. I'd be curious to know what other people are doing or using to evaluate their incoming links.

GranPops




msg:174741
 8:08 pm on Oct 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Try
allinanchor:www.yourtopsite.com
and
"www.yourtopsite.com" -site:www.yourtopsite.com

cabowabo




msg:174742
 2:58 am on Oct 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

You must have decent reputation in order to be counted. That is what separates Google from the masses.

Cheers,

CaboWabo

mykel79




msg:174743
 9:51 am on Oct 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

Actually cabowabo, that's not true anymore. It used to be that only link with a PR of 4 and above would show. Now, as someone before said, it's a random sample - so there are even pr 0 links in the mix.

Oliver Henniges




msg:174744
 10:27 am on Oct 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

Try
[#*$!.com...]
for a list of your backlinks with PR of them linking sites.

Oliver Henniges




msg:174745
 10:30 am on Oct 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

sry
still didnt find out about how to post urls
it is #*$! dot com

Oliver

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