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Why Not to Check Backlinks in Google

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by norway000x, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. norway000x

    norway000x Junior Member

    Feb 5, 2008
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    Sales as an Client Manager
    Hi. Someone asked me about this recently. Thought I make a post about it.

    I have a couple of domains with about 9000 links to each (Yahoo shows me).
    They were built over a 1,5 yrs time from all over the place (not just one IP).
    Google shows me that they only have about 3 inlinks each.
    Both domains are indexed and ranking for keywords in Google.

    Don't trust big G. Google don't want people to be able to check their backlinks and how many they got...

    You should be measuring after "Yahoo Site Explorer Tool" and use that figure as an estimate.

    Here's an example for sites that have been around for ages, and a proof that G don't show you the correct amount of links.

    keyword: "conferencing"

    Results for ...........Google ..... & ... Yahoo:
    link:intercall.com ... 262 links ...... 8390 links
    link:genesys.com .... 85 links ...... 5300 links
    link:webex.com ... 1200 links ... 438019 links

    Yahoo is not the one lying to you...​

    For G; the closest thing for checking backlinks would be to use the "@"-sign in front of the URL you check.
    Then note it down, check again after a week or month, note it down.
    Then you can see if your domain has gained exposure in G.
    It's not exact, but it's the closest you get with G.

    (type this into the google search box)
    Example for checking domain: @yourURL.com
    Example for checking internal site: @yourURL.com/folder/site.html​

    Hit the thank you button if you learned something :cool:

    Take care.
  2. fear91

    fear91 Regular Member

    Dec 14, 2007
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    I believe that Google is much faster at encountering links than yahoo but showing links is a different story.

    The problem is that Google shows you links it found relevant. The "link:" command was introduced for google users not SEO specialists tc check their BLs.

    (This doesn't change the fact that google link: command sucks balls and shows shitty bl's sometimes)
  3. imperial109

    imperial109 Regular Member

    Jan 19, 2009
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    Google also takes out many links that "it" considers spam.
  4. fear91

    fear91 Regular Member

    Dec 14, 2007
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    ^Yes, many tests show that Google values some links 0. That means that some links are completely useless.