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Confusion over Google backlink numbers

   
12:15 pm on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi Everyone,

Please clear my confusion

When i check backlinks to my site in google using the following command
"link:http://www.example.com"
i see 10 back links

BUT...

when i check it with the command
"link: http://www.example.com" (notice the space after "link:")
i see 100 backlinks

Why is this difference and what does it mean

[edited by: phranque at 12:22 pm (utc) on April 9, 2008]
[edit reason] examplified urls [/edit]

12:27 pm on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator phranque is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



welcome back to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com], Nups!

first quick test i tried i got 4 different results for:
- link: http://www.example.com
- link:http://www.example.com
- link: www.example.com
- link:www.example.com

i haven't analyzed the differences yet, but i must admit i'm surprised by the results.

3:43 pm on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



The term link: is a special operator, and you need to follow its syntax exactly - that means no space if you really want the operator function. When you include a space, you have turned link: into one of your regular search terms. You therefore get a higher number, because a true link no longer needs to be present - just the word "link" and the terms included in the domain name.

Here's the word from Google:

The query [link:] will list webpages that have links to the specified webpage. For instance, [link:www.google.com] will list webpages that have links pointing to the Google homepage. Note there can be no space between the "link:" and the web page url.

This functionality is also accessible from the Advanced Search [google.com] page, under Page Specific Search > Links.

[google.com...]

3:59 pm on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



You'll also see differences if you put the operator in all uppercase as well like

LINK:www.example.com
vs
link:www.example.com

5:39 am on Apr 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member



Dear All,
ok...this clears my confusion... thanks phranque,tedster & Bewenched.
2:31 pm on Apr 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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>> first quick test i tried i got 4 different results for:
- link: http://www.example.com
- link:http://www.example.com
- link: www.example.com
- link:www.example.com

But, I tried these tests on my site. The following two commands are showing same results.

link:www.example.com
link:http://www.example.com

12:36 am on Apr 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator phranque is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



the test i made when i first posted, they were off by 1 or 2.
i just retested and they were indeed the same.
could have been a glitch or "data center inconsistencies"...
 

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