Google Goes on Record Concerning The link: Command

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Google Says Not Reporting All Backlinks : )
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This was just a simple thread not worth noting until GoogleGuy an Unofficial Representative from Google dropped in and blessed it with his comments. It was orginally started by yours truly in responce to a post at Search Engine Roundtable where rustybrick reported that Magnus Sandberg from Google make a statement that was reported as "Google says they are not reporting all your links back to your site. So think before using it." It ended up that this may not of been what was said.

While most, if not all, SEO types know that the link: command doesn't show all links, Google Web Search Features page under the Who Links To You? heading states some thing quite different.

The query link:siteURL shows you all the pages that point to that URL. For example, link:www.google.com will show you all the pages that point to Google's home page.

GoogleGuy's comments were as follows:

Google doesn't return all backlinks in response to a link: command. In the ancient days, it was because there was a finite amount of storage space on the machines that served link: requests. So we only kept the backlinks for the top N pages. Later as we moved to a different indexing system, we kept backlinks for the top M% of pages. This was helpful for important pages, but it meant that Mom and Pop sites with lower PageRank wouldn't have as good a chance to see their backlinks.

At last we have a link where Google (even if it is an Unofficial Representative) has gone on record stating what we all knew all along. Now if their webmaster will just update the erroneous statement on their site!

Thanks GoogleGuy!

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Shame...

..that nothing much more came out of it though eh bob? All he really said was that he'd email the webmasters.. Which some see as a big step.

Personally i dont think it's enough of a step, concerning the link command it would or course be nice if they told the truth on their webpage :) but there is so much more they need to do to close the divide between "them and us" - im not 100% they do it on purpose but i cant help thinking that Google prefer to have this very clean divide with them being seen as the benevolent grandparent and webmasters and seos as a child to be talked simply to.

What about the "diploma" or whatever it is for Adwords guys...? Anyone else think that's a little scary?

Ack! Dont get me started lol!

Thanks bob, great write up mate :-)

Google Comments on Link: Command

I just returned from the Webmaster World PubCon in Vegas and thought I'd share comments from Google Software Engineer, Matt Cutts. He said that previously higher page rank sites (4 and above) were returned with a link: command in the past. He said a lot of "mom and pop" sites were not included because of lower PR and that in the future there will be a larger number of low PR sites available with the link: command and a lower number of very high PR sites.

Shame?... I Am Just Glad To Have A Reference To Point People To

Well I don't think anyone is expecting Google to fix the link: command but personally all I was hoping for when I started the thread was to find a post where Google had stated that it was not reporting all links. After Barry noted that Matt had read the thread I then though great, I will make a post asking either Matt or GG to give us the word.

I consider the fact that GG when ahead an "dropped an email to our webmasters about the features.html page" as gravy. Woe unto me if I go and poke a stick into some ones eye just after they did what I asked them to do, and more.

Now if I can just figure out where I can stick a link from my site in all this where it would look relevant. LOL!

Yeah...

..wasnt implying that your post didnt do some good bob, just think G could do a lot more :)

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Now if I can just figure out where I can stick a link from my site in all this where it would look relevant. LOL!

As long as it's not here bob good luck! lol :-)

Didn't Take It That Way

...I just think we don't want to be do demanding with the seFather. Er, he could end up knocking us off.

Now Nick you know it is my nature to slip in a link where ever I can. It just such a Sham e, (there I go, you are rubbing off on me) that the best SEO places to post don't allow at least the odd relevant link here or (or is that and) there.

How about I change my name to Free SEO Tools and you allow me to stick a link on my name to my home page : )

Best Practice for Kindly Forum Spammers

heh bob, this is actually an upcoming blog subject for me. Trust me, im more than familiar with "working a forum" - the trick is to do it with a little style, a little panache and think about longevity for your efforts. The KEY is adding real value to the forum in question - that way, everybody wins...

Lets talk about this place in particular:

The best way for any member to gain clickthroughs to thier profile site is to submit great, professional grade material they find out on the WWW and more importantly to describe and comment on it well.

If a post makes it to the homepage, at some point it will have acheived quite a few eyeballs and many people like to click the posters name link to find out who posted good stuff, i do...

more importantly, good stuff sticks! It has a life that goes beyond the brief time it may be in the RSS feed and will be referenced by other comments and posts here, other sites/blogs etc etc...

Keep the good stuff coming, and you'll get a better class of referal ;)

>change name

Please dont :) I think i've covered promo nicks in the guidelines but if not, i will be doing so heh...

Happy to help

"At last we have a link where Google (even if it is an Unofficial Representative) has gone on record stating what we all knew all along. Now if their webmaster will just update the erroneous statement on their site!

Thanks GoogleGuy!"

You're quite welcome, NickW. The webmasters updated the page this morning. I'm glad you guys pointed that out; that's the first time I'd ever heard of that.

Ahh, it's nice to get out and about sometimes. :)

Hehe, very subtle...

...change, that one, but I must admit it's better that way. How one or two words more or less can make webmasters happy ;)

"Een kinderhand is gauw gevuld"

Welcome...

Welcome to Threadwatch GG

Im not sure that entirely covers it GG - it's a little vague but personally i could care less so i'll let others grill you on that if they wish :)

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