|Compare incoming link counts - various sources|
Google, Alexa, AltaVista, Alltheweb
I've been tracking the number of incoming links to my site, as reported by various search engines. It's kinda interesting.
______ Google - Alexa - AltaVista Alltheweb
Dec 2002 - 338 - 841 - - - 1110 - - - 2576
Jan 2003 - 350 - 841 - - - 1104
Mar 2003 - 370 - 743 - - - 1059 - - - 3139
Jun 2003 - 171 - 840 - - - 1502 - - - 3262
Aug 2003 - 138 - 840 - - - 1596 - - -13580
We used to think that Google reported about half of its known links, but now it seems to be less than a quarter. Alexa just seems too stable to believe, like they are not really trying. AltaVista and AlltheWeb seem alright, except for that last number from AlltheWeb... which is crazy. ( I'll have to recheck that one periodically, its probably a glitch).
Any comments? Are others seeing similar relationships between the various sources? I'm thinking that these numbers are a kind of a spectator sport, where no action is required, but what do you think? Does the drop in Google, or the huge jump in AlltheWeb, indicate a symptom that needs some investigating?
|except for that last number from AlltheWeb... which is crazy |
One of our sites has seen a similar jump around the same time. From 2,500+ links to 11,900+ links in AllTheWeb.
On the difference between Google and say ATW. ATW will show all links to any page in a domain.
Google will only show links to the page/URL for which are you checking the link count. That can make the ATW number quite a bit higher.
What commands are you using to check backlinks in Google, Alexa, AltaVista, and Alltheweb?
Marcs, can you elaborate on this?
"Google will only show links to the page/URL for which are you checking the link count. That can make the ATW number quite a bit higher. "
I've read ATW gives the number of links to the domain, rather than to the individual page.
With my site is the opposite:
Googlebot (Google) 2314
Inktomi Slurp 1494
WISENutbot (Looksmart) 1291
Scooter (AltaVista) 82
Fast-Webcrawler (AllTheWeb) 8
I don't understand why google, Inktomi and Looksmart run spider better than the other.
This is only September