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Predict link amount based on public "link:"
bad1




msg:3960809
 6:48 am on Jul 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hello,

Is there any way to predict overall amount of current links based on data, shown by Google through “link” operator? Webmaster Console is no good, that’s not my web site :) Moreover, I don’t need to know exactly who is linking to my competitors, I just want to weight – roughly, overall amount of their inbound links, and sadly I can't use Yahoo.

Thank you,
A.J.

 

tedster




msg:3960817
 7:15 am on Jul 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm afraid the answer is no. Google's public link: operator numbers are all over the place, shifting from month to month and not even showing similar ratios across websites at any one time.

bad1




msg:3961188
 5:48 pm on Jul 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

tedster, thank you. I'll try to find out other ways :)

Marcia




msg:3961262
 7:39 pm on Jul 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yahoo Site Explorer:

linkdomain:example.com

Pico_Train




msg:3961274
 7:59 pm on Jul 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

Or sign for the webmaster tools account and add your site there, you get a link report for your site there that is accurate.

tedster




msg:3961291
 8:25 pm on Jul 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

Right, Pico_Train, that works for your own site -- but the OP said it's not their site - so that option is out.

bad1




msg:3961299
 8:39 pm on Jul 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

Everyone, thanks for your replies, but tedster got it right - I know about Yahoo, and can't use it, as well as Google WM tools. Imagine, you have a competitor with network of sites, which robots.txt looks like this:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /
User-agent: Googlebot
Allow: /

See what I mean? :) All I need is just to evaluate the size of such network.

Pico_Train




msg:3961491
 5:37 am on Jul 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

oh sorry! Wasn't paying attention as I read along!

Pico_Train




msg:3961492
 5:40 am on Jul 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

You can try things like this too that could help:

inurl:www.sitename.com
inurl:sitename.com

standard search for www.sitename.com - that's pretty good but will be labour intensive.

Good luck!

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