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My backlinks have been devalued?

 1:55 pm on Nov 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

We have noticed the following since the last Google PageRank update:

The google link: command is showing less than half of the backlinks listed prior to the October PR update. The number is declining daily. I have not noticed a similar trend for the other sites I track.

The number of links shown in the Google Webmaster backlink tool continues to grow in line with our organic link building program.

Our pagerank is unchanged, the number of indexed pages is unchanged, and our keyword rank is unchanged.

None of our backlinks or outbound links are affiliate sites, we donít (knowingly) participate in link farming programs and any paid advertising is done in javascript or with the rel=nofollow attribute.

I assume the link: command is suggesting that my backlinks have been devalued. Is this some sort of warning? If I donít have paid links on my site and have never paid for a link nor do I participate in a link farm or belong to affiliate sites how can I fix the problem?



 9:44 pm on Nov 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

I assume the link: command is suggesting that my backlinks have been devalued.

It's not a good idea to make any assumptions based on the public link: operator results. It's never complete and it always only shows a sampling of all your links. It also can be buggy. See this thread from our Hot Topics area [webmasterworld.com], which is always pinned to the top of this forum's index page.

The link: Operator [webmasterworld.com] - it's not like other search engines!

If your Google search traffic is the same and your rankings are still in the same ballpark, then I'd say you do not have a problem.


 8:16 am on Nov 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

I realize that the public link: operator shows only sampling. But the odd thing is that the number dropped by roughly half with the latest PR update and has dropped by 1 every day since then. If it was a bug I would have assumed the change would not be daily.


 7:23 pm on Nov 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Who cares - the command is pretty much worthless. Just use GWT.

Honestly I'm not sure why the even offer the command anymore.

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