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Pages that have www.domain.com on there pages are not necessarily backlinks. Also, pages with backlinks not necessarily have the URL on there page.
is there a way to do a search for backlinks that excludes the internal links ...
No. (At least if you're using Google)
Google Features [google.com]:
You cannot combine a link: search with a regular keyword search.
I am sorry, I am not as sharp as some of you guys, I still dont understand the difference between:
link:www.domainname.com and link: www.domainname.com.
i guess i dont understand this: "Pages that have www.domain.com on there pages are not necessarily backlinks. Also, pages with backlinks not necessarily have the URL on there page."
Please explain for us newbies!
On the other hand, searching for link: www.domain.com will not be recognised as a special command, and google will search for the two words: link and www.domain.com - and pages with the text www.domain.com and/or link would be returned.
In the first example, pages with hyperlinks pointing at www.mydomain.com are returned, in the second, pages simply with the text www.domain.com are returned.