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Compare incoming link counts - various sources

Google, Alexa, AltaVista, Alltheweb

   
4:56 pm on Aug 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've been tracking the number of incoming links to my site, as reported by various search engines. It's kinda interesting.

______ Google - Alexa - AltaVista Alltheweb
Dec 2002 - 338 - 841 - - - 1110 - - - 2576
Jan 2003 - 350 - 841 - - - 1104
Mar 2003 - 370 - 743 - - - 1059 - - - 3139
Jun 2003 - 171 - 840 - - - 1502 - - - 3262
Aug 2003 - 138 - 840 - - - 1596 - - -13580

We used to think that Google reported about half of its known links, but now it seems to be less than a quarter. Alexa just seems too stable to believe, like they are not really trying. AltaVista and AlltheWeb seem alright, except for that last number from AlltheWeb... which is crazy. ( I'll have to recheck that one periodically, its probably a glitch).

Any comments? Are others seeing similar relationships between the various sources? I'm thinking that these numbers are a kind of a spectator sport, where no action is required, but what do you think? Does the drop in Google, or the huge jump in AlltheWeb, indicate a symptom that needs some investigating?

11:46 pm on Aug 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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except for that last number from AlltheWeb... which is crazy

One of our sites has seen a similar jump around the same time. From 2,500+ links to 11,900+ links in AllTheWeb.

On the difference between Google and say ATW. ATW will show all links to any page in a domain.

Google will only show links to the page/URL for which are you checking the link count. That can make the ATW number quite a bit higher.

7:01 pm on Sep 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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StevenHa,

What commands are you using to check backlinks in Google, Alexa, AltaVista, and Alltheweb?

Marcs, can you elaborate on this?

"Google will only show links to the page/URL for which are you checking the link count. That can make the ATW number quite a bit higher. "

7:09 pm on Sep 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've read ATW gives the number of links to the domain, rather than to the individual page.
7:49 pm on Sep 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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With my site is the opposite:
Googlebot (Google) 2314
Inktomi Slurp 1494
WISENutbot (Looksmart) 1291
Scooter (AltaVista) 82
Fast-Webcrawler (AllTheWeb) 8

I don't understand why google, Inktomi and Looksmart run spider better than the other.
This is only September