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Live Search's link: operator turned off

 10:27 am on Mar 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

I use MSN / Live search quite a lot to check my inbound links, since their results tend to be more comprehensive than others'. For the past 24 hours, any search on MSN / Live with the search string link:example.com gives a blank page (= a totally white page). Is is something specific to my IP / PC, or has anybody else noticed it? - Other searches do work OK for me.



 2:18 pm on Mar 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

"Using links to example.com fixes it as noted by someone else, thanks."

No it doesn't - it just performs normal text search on those terms


 9:55 pm on Mar 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

Use hotbot.

Search for "link:example.com" using: MSN


 2:46 am on Mar 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

Use hotbot

You gotta love the humor here at WebmasterWorld.

MSN Dude, try and light a fire under Eytan to get it through the execs heads that if MSN is going to have a chance in the market, it needs webmasters on its side. Taking away this functionality is turning your back on us.

The road of search is littered with search engines/directories that thought that webmasters didn't really matter. Infoseek/Go, Excite, LookSmart, etc.

Yahoo! is dying a slow death, we'd like to see MSN succeed.



 1:56 pm on Apr 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

Cabowabo hits the nail on the head in my opinion.
(if) MSN is going to have a chance in the market, it needs webmasters on its side. Taking away this functionality is turning your back on us.

This is exactly what the problem is from where I sit.

[edited by: Receptional at 1:57 pm (utc) on April 1, 2007]


 3:59 am on Apr 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

"Use hotbot.
Search for "link:example.com" using: MSN"

Awesome find simey. Thanks.


 4:40 pm on Apr 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

It looks like MSN turned off the ability to run the "link:www.example.com" in hotbot! I tried it a few days ago when I first discovered it. It ran just like the "old" MSN, but now --- nothing again :-(


 2:10 am on Apr 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

A9.com was delivering MSN link: results up to today as well and now they've stopped.


 8:23 am on Apr 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

MSN link operator still turned off: Is there any tool on how can we check the MSN inbound link?


 3:59 pm on Apr 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

From the msn blog:

For those of you who use some of the advanced query syntax in our search engine such as link:, linkdomain: and inurl:, you may have noticed that this functionality has been recently turned off. We have been seeing broad use of these features by legitimate users but unfortunately also what appears to be mass automated usage for data mining. So for now, we have made the tough call to block all queries with these operators.

We are doing our best to get this back online as soon as possible in a manner that allows folks that use this functionality for real queries. We have a few good ideas up our sleeve on how to enable this, but want to make sure we are making the right changes that will give you the functionality you want and all of our customers the experience they deserve. Our apologies and thank you for being patient. Keep an eye on our blog for updates.


 3:19 am on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Haven't they ever heard of a captcha?

Oh wait, I forgot, it's an ASP.NOT site.

There is no captcha() function builtin, lol.

The world needs a search engine made just for the seo'ers and link junkies.


 5:41 am on Apr 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

linkfromdomain:example.com still works

if I am not mistaken just a note guys that this one refers to the outbound link, not inbound link

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