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My main competitor has 40k back links
Should I even bother?

 4:02 pm on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have been debating over an issue and would appreciate some advice. I have been building a site in Niche A which offers a couple things that most other sites in that niche do not offer. Its a long term project and is not meant for adsense (i.e. short term profits).

Here is my main concern. There are several sites in that niche that are much more established – one of them actually has 40,000 back links (Yahoo & Altavista)…yikes! How can I compete with that? How can my site ever compete with that kind of back linking? Or should not even be concerned with this?




 4:04 pm on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Im assuming your content will be different, if so then yes you can compete with it. :D


 4:34 pm on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

The site may show 40,000 backlinks, but that does NOT mean that all 40,000 actually count. Are they all from different sites? More likely the bulk of them are from 1 or a handful of sites.

You can often get a fairly good idea of how strong those 40,000 links are by browsing through what Yahoo returns on a link check of the site. If it shows 40,000 backlinks, but then only displays 35-40 of them, then most of them are likely irrelevant (at least from what I have seen in most instances).


 7:24 pm on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Find out how many come from unique domains on unique IP's. Make your decision to compete based on that.


 9:01 pm on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Data mine your competitors backlinks and make requests to those sites to have them add you. Your competitor made it easy for you.

Take czaRe,



 12:58 am on Mar 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the info...

How does one go about "Data min(ing) your competitors backlinks"? I was thinking of going through the sites but manually it would take for ever to make that many requests

WOuld you be able to refer me to a software or site that would help me analyze the backlinks and the site's structure?


 7:54 pm on Mar 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Just hit Google. Put the query in link:domain (being the competitors). You now have a list of sites linking to the competitor. Now just start going through them. There is automated software that will do this but I tend to stay away and will not recomend any.

Take care,



 7:58 pm on Mar 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

How many of his 40K links are from his own site?

try: linkdomain:example.com -site:example.com

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