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Further, the 8 sites that were shown as linking to me were only directory sites. I know I have a lot more inbound links than this from sites that are active in Google, the links show up in Google's cache of the sites that link to me, none of them are blacklisted, etc. And like I said, the site has a PR8, which you don't earn overnight...
So why do only 8 links show up in a link search?
I can only think that the main reason is to throw SEO attempts to copy a website that ranks high in the first place... What you think?
But since every other search engine doesnt do this the cause is lost - So the next thing would be to get other search engines to show 'a sample' for the better cause of ALL search engines. (Just like what they done with the no follow tags idea)
As a test, I have bought a site-wide link from a PR8 forum on late April. After previous backlink update, our Google backlink count increases from about 250 to 2000+. All listed links are forum pages with very low PR while high PR pages are not listed.
I suspect that Google only list backlinks that they don't count.
Can you cite the post where GG said that? Quite a few members here, including me, had commented that the link: command was problematic in that it was more useful to SEOs than anyone else. My main objection is that it was a tool to reverse engineer the algo. As a SEO, knowing myself what links Google knew about was a definite plus. I really doubt the link: command was that useful in knowing what backlinks to buy. If someone wants to pay me to find sites to buy links from, I know much better ways to find them than with the link: command.
The discussion was about google not showing lower pr backlinks.
The poster suggested that google should show links no matter what the pr was and suggested that they return a sampling of the backlinks rather than all of them.
Google Guy thought it was a good idea and it soon became a standard practice for Google.
thwart attempts at figuring out which backlinks are worthwhile - to cut down on the SEOs that were buying backlinks and the sites that were selling them - very intentional
While GG did say that they changed the link: command to show more of a mix, and to allow lower PR sites to be able to see some of their backlinks, that last part of your sentence was totally your own (mis)interpretation.
While that might have been part of the reason that it happened, it certainly was not in the messages as I remember them.
At SES London, DaveN had a suggestion. He said: why don't you give all pages an equal chance of seeing backlinks? That's good for users, who will have a greater chance of seeing backlinks for a given page, and it's especially good for smaller websites--they'd have a chance to see backlinks. It seemed like a good idea, so we implemented it. In fact, in order to give each page a better chance of seeing backlinks (instead of just the top M% of pages), we doubled the amount of backlinks that Google exports to the outside world. So users now have access to twice as much link: data as before; it's just not all the top PageRank pages.
... and ...
Given the large amount of data involved, and the fact that remarkably few people use the link: command, we don't show all backlinks externally, but we can access them internally."
The second part of my other reply was based on in-depth discussions members at this board had - and theorized as another reason that it made sense to do it at the time - and I thought for sure at one point GG actually agreed with that theory - again - I dont have access to the archives here as they dont show under forum 3 or 78 anymore
I have a new website about 2 months old. Recently according to Google I had 47 inbound links pointing my website. When I checked it a couple of days ago, all these links were missing on Google. Then yesterday back again, now today gone!
My question. Is this a common? Why such a flux? Will things calm down when my site matures?
I Thank You in advance for your response.
If this is not atypical. What might be the problem? It appears when the backlinks are listed I get much more traffic etc....however when they are gone everyting seems to die.
Again, this site is only two months old. I guess what I am trying to say is what should I expect from a two month old site? At this point where should this site be in regards to internet standards on successful websites?