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I think there is a chance Google may actually be using these backlinks. If they update the backlinks to something like a full complement and my position doesnt improve then I'll start experimenting with the backlinks. Moving links away from the footer area and increasing the relavancu of the linking pages.
Its not all that likely but I can't completely ignore it.
I know that my backlinks have reduced to about 25% of what they were. I have also heard that some sites have noticed no change in backlinks. This may or may not account for many sites not changing position. Who knows?
The quality of backlinks showing up in G is the same odd ones that have been there for a few months. I've been using Y to track them.
The fact that PR has been updated in the directory seems odd if they aren't going to transfer this to the toolbar! Any theories on what will likely happen?
one of my adw0rds ads is showing as a backlink!
Yep, when I use link:***.com in google (188.8.131.52), a single site is listed (many high PR links not listed). I check the cached version of that site and search for my link. The only place it shows up is in the google ads*nse box running on that site. Never seen this before.
Is Google still showing only lower PR backlinks? If so, it might be a reason I’m not seeing some of then newly added quality links. Could also be a reason that some people are seeing a “loss” of backlinks, especially if those linking sites had their PR go up internally.
No matter what I'm not seeing any change in the SERPS and that's what really matters.
One site for which I now have over 5,000, shows the manificent total of 7, down from over 100 a week ago.
Maybe the fact that the vast majority of these are one way, and using the 2 word site name as the anchor, has had an effect.
We shall see.
My conclusion is that this is still the junk back-links search that Google has given us webmasters to purposefully make it harder to search for backlink partners based on who is linking to the top sites for a given SERP.
To say they had been updated would suggest they were up to date and reflected the actual links to my pages - so I definitely wouldn't call them updated!
As far as I can tell there is absolutely no useful information in the backlinks from my point of view.
I'm not really very excited about the PR update either.
It's all very confusing.