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Difference between link: and link[]

Google search link:URL and link[URL] return different results

     
8:28 pm on Feb 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am curious to know the difference between the link:URL and link[URL] searches at Google.

I have a very new site and the link:URL search is returning no results whereas the link[URL] search returns about 20 results.

12:07 pm on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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For the second search, you're seeing pages that mention the word "link" and the URL.
12:09 pm on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to what the first search would show you.;)