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Some advice please re 'links' as an operator



2:35 pm on Aug 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi, I understand that the syntax of "link:xyz" on Google is what should be used to find backlinks for a particular website.

But what does the syntax "links:xzy" give you? It does seem to provide links on Yahoo and to some extent on Google.

On this note and using the latter form, I have found that some of the backlinks found (on Google) are actually search results on a page of a Directory. I obviously cannot post the url here but essentially it appears that the url where a search term's results are shown is then showing up as a backlink url on Google...

ANy suggestions to any of the above?


2:49 pm on Aug 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

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If you add the s you are just searching on the phrase 'links xyz.com' and dircftory pages show up because they mention the word 'link' a lot.


3:12 pm on Aug 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

Thanks for the info Fishfinger.... that all makes sense.. but how come an actual page of search results show up? When we enter a search term and the resulting url of results appears is that then 'stored' somewhere?

Incidentally I 'think' that the syntax of "links:" does provide a list of backlinks on Yahoo.. but not sure...


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