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link: versus links: for checking backlinks

12:28 am on Aug 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've searched alltheweb for backlinks on domains using:




(notice the s on the second)

They turn up greatly differing numbers of results. Can the alltheweb expert please enlighten me as to why?

9:46 pm on Aug 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It seems like the links: keyword is unknown and simply ignored.

Searching for links:mydomain.com yield the samne number of results as a search for just "mydomain.com".

So link:mydomain.com is the correct search to use in order to find links to mydomain.com (preferably with -site:mydomain.com added to exclude links inside the site itelf).

5:46 am on Aug 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Good answer pallo,

If you use the Url Investigator (type the domain name into the search box and search) and click Find all xxx external web pages that link to "domain.com" you get the right result. All others might not be valid.


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