Msg#: 3727705 posted 5:50 pm on Aug 21, 2008 (gmt 0)
I can't say I've noticed that - but I don't usually watch the Google link: operator results, since whether the numbers are large or small, they only ever list a sampling of backlinks.
From your report, it seems that Google has decided to restrict the public link: information quite a bit more than in the recent past. I'm not sure what the logic would be behind that, since the word has certainly been spreading about Google's link: results being limited. Maybe they are hoping to reduce usage even more - hard to say what their thinking is.
Msg#: 3727705 posted 6:02 pm on Aug 21, 2008 (gmt 0)
...word has certainly been spreading about Google's link: results being limited.
Word has been spreading for over four years now and people still don't understand it's a sampling.
Lots of misunderstanding about the Google SERPs. Remember the confusion about if their sites rank top 3 for allintitle/allinanchor/etc. then why aren't they ranking in the real SERPs?
The best thing that can happen to those who want to optimize their sites for better ranking is for Google to remove the green PR meter from the toolbar. That might disturb link sellers for a little while until someone develops a toolbar metric to fill the vacuum. But it might also force webmasters to look at more useful metrics and become better at what they do.
Msg#: 3727705 posted 6:13 pm on Aug 21, 2008 (gmt 0)
For entertainment value, I just checked the link: operator results for a few of the biggest domains I could think of - and I see what you mean. The very biggest may show a few thousand backlinks, but we know there are millions.
That makes me wonder who Google is trying to serve with this kind of support for the link: operator - the curiosity searcher?
Msg#: 3727705 posted 10:11 pm on Aug 21, 2008 (gmt 0)
Yes, this is comparing apples and oranges, but allinanchor gives more reliable picture in Google, at least for the domain name in anchors. If you can figure out the aproximate ratio of domain vs. keywords in anchors then you can come very close.
more esoteric (with less results!): allinanchor:example.com/*
or external links only: allinanchor:"example.com/" -site:example.com