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(edited by: Marcia at 2:45 am (gmt) on Oct. 10, 2001
You're correct that there has_been a problem with a discrepancy in reporting links depending on whether domain.com or www.domain.com was used. It was an issue for quite a while, but is no longer the case.
Google, in their continued efforts to maintain the integrity of their results, recognized the discrepancy and made the necessary corrections. I think it might have been a few months ago, but Google changed it, so that it longer makes any difference.
link:searchengineworld.com = 4,590 links
link:www.searchengineworld.com = 4,590 links
I have a friend who always uses domain.com, yet some people link to him with www.domain.com The links showing for him are 765 either way now.
It's not a bad idea to be consistent, but the results are now the same whether domain.com or www.domain.com is used.
Here are two "link" searches from Google... One for Marketleap, and one for Dr. Bobs Delphi Clinic, both with and without the "www.":
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I hope Google does resolve this issue, but until then, it is most likely much more accurate to include the "www." portion of the URL. (unless your URL does not start with www, e.g. "groups.google.com")
[edited by: Brett_Tabke]
Personaly I like to be able to "see" what a service/pogran does, I don't trust those fully automated things
and got 0 results but when I did a search for "www.domain.com" I got well over a hundred. After visiting a sampling of about ten, every one of the pages contained a hyperlink to "www.domain.com" or similar.