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Thank you for your note. Yes, we do offer this kind of search. To find the pages that link to any given URL (say www.stanford.edu , for instance) go to the Google advanced search page at [google.com...] and do 'link' search. If you do not want to use our advanced page, you can perform a link search directly from the Google search box by typing
This link search, however, may not return a comprehensive set of results. The results show a sample of the links that point to a page, but this list is in no way indicative of the link structure utilized by Google to formulate a page's PageRank.
To obtain a comprehensive list of the links that point to a page, perform a Google search on your URL. From the result page displayed, select the "Find the web pages that contain the term" link and Google will provide you with the web pages that mention the address.
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I tried it and it really works! My backlinks thus reported by Google are fewer than those reported by Alltheweb, but more than those of a simple link:www.mydomain.com search.
Checking the query strings that Google uses for this "unabridged" backlinks search, I found them to be:
for all backlinks, including those from mydomain.com, and
for all external backlinks.
For comparison purposes, the query strings for Alltheweb regarding all, or only external backlinks, are
It doesn't even show all pages showing in the 'link:ur;' command. It only shows pages with the url as visible text on the pages, whether they link or not.
Pages that link but don't show the url are NOT included in this search.