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Google is becoming like a girlfriend, unpredictable and frustrating at times but you just gotta love her.
And when you manage to surpass a competitor in the SERPS, doesn't it feel great!? Like .... yes, ha! Take THAT!
If I were a search engine algo programmer and was able to confound thousands of webmasters trying to figure out how my algorithm worked, I might react exactly the same way.
I can just see the Cheshire Cat type grins at the Googleplex when they read these threads. I think Google is very predictable! ... they love to keep us guessing!
The trick is to be willing to try to keep up with them. ;)
What jou do find is a bunch of sites mentioning you but not neccessarily link to you. Those are opportunities :)
The link: command is useless but that's nothing new. Still wondering why it exists in the first place it doesn't answer the question.
Several categories in the Google directory that I follow updated in the last 12 hours. I will also say that looking at snapshots of these categories, I believe a downward correction to PR is occuring - for those sites that jumped up big time last update.
I also agree with all the posts stating that the directory green bar did not align with the toolbar until recently. I think the directory is a more accurate indicator of PR because it has continued to move each month prior to an index update. This leads me to believe that PR is still calculated monthly.
Some words, when followed by a colon, have special meanings to Google. One such word for Google is the link: operator. The query link:siteURL shows you all the pages that point to that URL.
The query "link:" will list webpages that have links to the specified webpage. For instance, [link:www.google.com] will list webpages that have links pointing to the Google homepage. Note there can be no space between the "link:" and the web page url.
So even the documentation is misleading. The documentaion always trails the engineering, and once it reaches marketing, look out!
I still don't see why they put up some meaningless backlinks (ie from forums with my website in my profile) and forget some important ones (i have a music site and am linked from about 20 artists on the largest Musicdb around)
one site i run has over 150 (quality, topic-related) backlinks and it shows only 35 backlinks now. 10 of those show no description or anything and there are quite a few DMOZ clones but no sign of DMOZ itself or the google directory listing.
What's the point?