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Is it just me or does the Google link: search never work?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by turdface, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. turdface

    turdface Supreme Member

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    I never get any results for most sites.

    Even cnn.com only returns less than 3,000 links. I'm pretty sure CNN has more than 3000 links.
     
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    myownhero Power Member Premium Member

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    Google never made the claim it was comprehensive, for obvious reasons they don't show all of a sites backlinks.
     
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    turdface Supreme Member

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    So the "link:" search isn't really useful for anything then?
     
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    SEO_Alchemy Senior Member

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    Just for a quick "snapshot" of the domain backlink profile, but for a comprehensive link analysis it's yes, useless.
     
  6. n3wbseo

    n3wbseo Junior Member

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    when i need a couple billion spam in a can links i use the link: feature with a common comment footprint on comment urls i find on those really spammed out pages with a billion comments on them and then suck the results out of google and instant spam in a can comment spam links.

    example:

    "leave a reply" AND "mail" AND "comment" and "website" site:commentspammerurls.net

    even if you only get a few dozen per result when you do a few million searches you end up with tons of free links you can use to spam or sell lists etc.. a never ending supply....
     
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  7. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    The link feature has been discontinued for all practical purposes. What you see is an actual search for the domain, not a special command.

    In the old days it used to show almost 100% of links, then Google started hiding more and more, today it's useless. Google doesn't want any SEO done on their systems, they're hiding the referrers, the search terms, etc...
     
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  8. louieknows

    louieknows Newbie

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    i'm trying to contact you, i can't PM though, can you message me?
     
  9. t0mmy

    t0mmy Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Of course it doesn't show you much, google does not want you to see your links period! It's getting even harder now to find them with 3rd party tools too and a lot of them show different results. It's very hard to explain that to people when they ask why only a few links are showing up in WMT though lol