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BTW - Both the .com and .com.au URLs point to the same site.
we update both links data and anchor text once a month
I wonder if there is a visible update and an ongoing backlink update, similar to the PR updates [ visible versus invisible ]
What should this mean for me?
The link: operator is something like the TBPR number - it's not in real time. It's also not a complete report. Google is using the links they find in their behind the scenes calculations almost from the day they find them. So by the time they change the link report, you've already been enjoying the fruits of those links in your rankings for a while.
What should this mean for me?
Tedster / BillyS - Thanks for the clarification.
I've had a good authority PR7 [TBPR ] backlink placed into a deep page and am itching to see what [PR ] effect it's having on that page. How long will i have to wait - this occurred over 4 months ago?
At any rate, Google averages a PR update every 3 months, but it's not like clockwork. So if they hold to that sort-of-a-schedule, we might see something in April. But if the link is 4 months old, you''ve already been seeing its effect on rankings for that page -- probably all year.
The backlinks number shown in google is a total random figure - just because the number of links is higher does not mean google has found more links, likewise if its lower it doesnt mean google has discounted links. Its a random figure!.
Having seen this number change for sites, up and down over the last few years i can honesty say its a meaningless figure and its done this way so that its harder for webmasters to copy other sites linking patterns.
Google finds all links to sites PDQ, if yahoo has a link to you listed chances are google will have already found it!
I know my backlinks have increased, but the figure shown has been decreasing for the third straight time. The PR also doesn't correspond with spidering frequency and traffic. Spider seems to be visiting more often and traffic is up by 200% since the same period a year ago, but PR and backlinks have decreased.
The effects from this (for me) is that I seem to have less direct advertisers, and it's also a bit difficult to get accepted into some revenue networks because they base their decisions on these random figures.
all the people posting on this thread should start using google's webmaster tools. the backlinks shown in that are meant to be comprehensive and update regularly (perhaps even in line with the index..)
i honestly can't believe people still harp on about search box backlinks and toolbar pr. you are at least 2 years behind the game.
but.... i guess it makes this easier for my good self!
I feel PR update will be soon in 1st week of April... what you say
There is definitely an upcoming PR update in the 1st week of April. I would say a PR dance that will get stabilized by 10~15 April and that always-one-week-pre-PR-update back link update is the first sign.
BTW - Both the .com and .com.au URLs point to the same site."
Nope.. seems they are counting the same again now both the .com and .com.au