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What does this search show?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by twix70, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. twix70

    twix70 Regular Member

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    I was told if I search "www.mysite.com" including the quotes, it shows backlinks. Now I know of the likes of backlinkwatch etc to show backlinks and I know G etc don't show all my backlinks but the numbers shown when I do the search in the quotes seems very very different.
    So what am I searching? If it is references to my site then are these not technically backlinks?
    I have searched the forums but I am looking for a definate answer.
    Thanks:)
     
  2. ruler0fall

    ruler0fall Power Member

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    It basically looks for pages that contain the phrase www.mysite.com either a link or plain text.
     
  3. twix70

    twix70 Regular Member

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    Surely then if it contains www.mysite.com then this is a link of sorts as it can be copied into the address bar or in that it refers to my site alone?
    Many thanks for taking the time to explain this;)
     
  4. Rein1418

    Rein1418 BANNED BANNED

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    It just means it searched for all the webpages in googles index that has the phrase "mysite.com", it doesnt necessarily mean they're backlinks.
     
  5. twix70

    twix70 Regular Member

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    Sorry to repeat myself but surely anything that directly mentions your site is, by definition, a link although I appreciate it is not a "backlink" as we understand it in terms of seo.
    So the more times our site comes up is better for the domain, after all there is no such thing as bad publicity as they say.