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2:31 am on Mar 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone explain this?

Site A has a PR4.
Site A has an inbound link from Site B which has a PR7
Site B checks the page the link is located on and confirms it has been spidered and index. That internal Page has a PR5

Yet Google does not list the link from the link command or from the Toolbar?

Why doesnt Google list all the inbound links...esp from highly ranked sites? And of they don't, do you ever really know if that link counts toward your link pop?

Thanks for any enlightenment.


2:33 am on Mar 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Have read that it can take 2 deep crawls to find links. Has it been that long?



2:48 am on Mar 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yes...has been a LONG time.


11:21 am on Mar 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Similar situation here. A student's personal page has a link to both my site AND a competitors site.

A search for links to my site will pull up the student's site, but a search for link's to the competitor's site will not show the student's page. Ironically a link was placed to my competitor in about May 2001. When I found that page in November 2001 I asked for a link to my page as well, which he promptly did. So I got the advantage of a link, but not my competitor. Weird, eh?

Since this can work both ways, I am a bit concerned as to the quality of PageRank.


11:34 am on Mar 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If the page that is linked has a low PR4 or less, no link will show up in the SERP. But it will still count as incoming PR. So awcabot, if your competitor's site has a too low PR, it can still benefit from this link.

On the other side, the links that are shown, are on pages with PR4 or higher. However, also links on pages with a lower PR still count.


1:59 pm on Mar 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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takagi, maybe I did not explain myself carefully enough:

a student has created a page with several (about 15) links, including links to me and my competitor. A search of links to my site will pull up that students page. A search of links to my competitors site will not pull up that page. Why? Other links to my competitors site do show up, but not that specific page.

It is the one weak spot of Google's public relations campaign: they tout page rank as a great thing (link popularity is indeed great) but when they provide link popularity tools to the users they are shoddily implemented. I wonder if Google's behind the scenes link checking process is better than what they make publicly available through the "link:" command.

To top it off, my personal homepage, which has no links (I checked through my logs: there are no referrers) is a PR3 page.


2:37 pm on Mar 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Hi awcabot,

You make me curious about your example. But of course, G can also make mistakes, so I belief you.

As for links to your private site, you could try www.alltheweb.com and search for link:www.<mydomain>.com

Maybe you will be happily surprised when you see the result.


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