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Obviously it depends on how frequently the site linking to me is crawled by G but there must be some sort of other delay. Does G only update backlinks during specific times? How often does this occur?
One of my new sites only shows 6 external links while I have verified over 50 by visiting the sites linking to me(I am presuming they don't have a nofollow on my links)...and I am starting to get a bit worried.
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Does G only update backlinks during specific times? How often does this occur?Google updates backlinks at specific times, there is no way to know for sure when they will update it, but that does not mean Google don't already know that the links are there. Also Google doesn't show all of your backlinks, so you may want to use other search engines to search for your backlinks.
Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it. I have been using Alltheweb to check my backlinks as well, this should show me all of them even lower than PR4 right?
Ok, so G updates backlinks during specific periods...about how often does this (generally) occur? Once a month or so?
about how often does this (generally) occur? Once a month or so?
More like every 2-3 months. However, if a page that has a link to your site is showing the link in Google cache, it is being counted in your backlinks, even if it doesn't show up in the link: command.
Thanks for your response. If anyone else has anything to add I would really appreciate it.
Kinda demoralizing to know that this will only help my SERPs in 2-3mo's time.That's not necessary true. Even though they may not show the most up to date backlinks, it does not mean they are not already using that to rank sites. It's just like Page Rank, what they show us in the toolbar is really not up to date, but they are still using the most current Page Rank to rank things.
So what your saying is...if I can do a search on my keywords and pages come up with my link, these pages will be counted?
That is the time it takes to appear in a list you can look at. They likely factor them into the search results many weeks before that.
>> Kinda demoralizing to know that this will only help my SERPs in 2-3mo's time.
They might already be helping. See above. What they display is disconnected from what they are actually using.
Now can you explain the link disparity between the major engines: Here are some numbers:
I.e...what is going on with G? Are they just much slower than the others to show links, OR do they just have REALLY stringent filters?
So what your saying is...if I can do a search on my keywords and pages come up with my link, these pages will be counted? My links are higher then my own website. I can't find my site, my links are out ranking me.
If you haven't already you might want to check for a duplicate content penalty. Try adding filter=0 to your query. I had the same problem before and it turned out that a page that was 302'ing to mine was listed as a copy of my homepage and I got unranked for a while.