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Command "-link:www.domain.com" no longer working?

     
6:25 am on Mar 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Not working for me. Did Google feel this revealed too much?

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yeah encountered the same thing about 10 mins

I think they've taken off the feature...

6:42 am on Mar 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Oh, $having cream...you're right.
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It's still working here in New Zealand
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no problems here in toronto
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I just saw it wasn't working and posted in the Supporters Forum. I'll be sorry to lose this feature if it's really gone.
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Not working here either, but I do get dumped on with 4 links to news stories.
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Same here, also with www2, and local googles.

Now where's that file where I saved those 500 -link serps? ;)

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working fine.
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It didn't for me about an hour ago (like Biggles, in NZ), but now it's working fine. Perhaps just a temporary glitch.

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Working fine over here in the UK
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I can't get it going in UK :(

Your search - -link:www.mydomain.com - did not match any documents.

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Whats next? The Google directory without the little green bars?

or

only in alphabetical ranking?

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working on www www2 and www3 here in London

suggest testers try well-known sites like the BBC rather than their own ;-)

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now not working

sorry...

11:21 am on Mar 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Well, it was good while it lasted.

> Did Google feel this revealed too much?

coconutz, I guess you're right. You could keep following -link: searches recursively to find where people were really getting most of their PageRank from. That process just got a lot harder.

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Interesting, I did post something a while back,
about if I was google I'd be reading forums Like This.
I could never understand why someone from google would be here,
unless to gather information about SEO activities.
Everyone has a hidden agenda if they work for someone.
If you worked for google would you? I think not, unless it was part of your job. Unless people are typing in the toolbar -link,
and it's been noted, the toolbar is just spyware right?

I don't think they've removed it - it seems too useful.

They've probably masked it with something else, so SEOs don't use it, only they do.

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I could never understand why someone from google would be here,
unless to gather information about SEO activities.

OK, I'll bite: What do you mean by "be here"? It's a public forum so there's probably tons of lurkers from all the SE's. And then there's someONE from Google who's an active member. Are you accusing him?

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can somebody tell me what -link actually was good for? I tried a site search but -link keeps on getting ignored in the search results. It seemed to me to simply reverse the list of backlinks to the website.
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It is not working for me either. Even with big sites. And not on www2 or www3.
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it ordered backlinks with highest PR first. It was an excellent tool that was killed because it was a hidden feature that a WW member stumbled upon.

What makes WW great is that knowledgeable webmasters can share info. But the SE's decided to participate and I always thought part of that for them was because some knowledgeable people are their "enemy" and they want to know what's being used so they can do combat.

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I for one would welcome it being gone. I'm in a niche industry, and I have to be creative and work very hard to come up with clean, pertinent, AND strong backlinks; it's just a cheat sheet that my competitors use to pay some schmuck $8 an hour to follow my hard-earned trail. It's SPAM Google! :)
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Working fine in New Jersey, USA.
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Not working in Germany! How about that! I am glad, that I saved some important querries just yesterday, but I would really miss this feature a lot!
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Working fine in Vancouver, Canada.
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Working fine here too.
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working fine in austria
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Working fine in Italy.
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its not "-link:domain" just "link:domain"

works fine in midwest, US

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link:domain still works, it's -link:domain that has been disabled.

link:domain uses some unknown (presumably randomised) ordering. -link:domain was PageRank order, and very useful too.

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