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And despite GoogleGuy's assurance, it does look like they have gutted the backlink command.
Interesting that they would make the command totally worthless instead of just getting rid of it. Direct attack on webmasters, especially novice ones.
[edited by: steveb at 1:49 am (utc) on July 17, 2004]
<added>Especially because our serps haven't changed on that IP</added>
[edited by: Stefan at 1:52 am (utc) on July 17, 2004]
What is "wonky" is that Google would be so rude as to actually show this trash for any search, and do so deliberately.
For sure... it's a bizarro experiment, probably showing up on some searches, that should have never gone live. The backlinks are totally f#cked, guaranteed. The only ones showing for us are the dregs of our ODP clone links, the kind that never usually show, under PR4.
<added> Of course, it's interesting... I didn't realize we had a backlink from "yoogoo". It's PR0. </added>
It's kind of funny though, in a sick way of course, to see two pages with the exact same links have one show 90 backlinks and the other show 6440.
Some pages with a few thousand PR4+ backlinks show two; other pages with a few thousand PR4- backlinks show thousands.
Again, it would be one thing to just eliminate the command for some reason, but this is either a slap in the face, or completely incompetent.
Yahoo command for off-site backlinks:
Yes, it shows hundreds or thousands more than Google for an average site, if you ask for the home page. You won't even believe your eyes! But if you start asking for deep pages, it starts getting believable.
what an education this is in dmoz clones! You guys got the poetry site? How about the sm image gallery? Knowing these sites link to me is so much more fullfilling than seeing five university library and three major newspaper links.
You guys got the poetry site?
Hey man, I got backlinks from sites that don't even exist anymore. We're spreading out through time, like some Star Trek version of Google. Next, I'll find the right command to register www.msn.com and then we're off to the races.