Google Lifts The Veil On Links .. A Little
Posted 05 February 2007 - 10:07 PM
Perhaps someone can explain why Google still keeps playing games like this.
I'm still slightly confused. Here are the results for two of my websites.
Google link: shows 124 inlinks
Google Webmaster Central shows 12,846 inlinks
Yahoo Site Explorer shows 10,112 inlinks
Google link: shows 452 inlinks
Google Webmaster Central shows 19,367 inlinks
Yahoo Site Explorer shows 54,941 inlinks
So do we now know more?
Posted 05 February 2007 - 10:16 PM
I have used the tool a tad and like it. It appears I have plenty of links who don't give me traffic (what a surprise) from places I haven't heard about before (like scrapers :grin:).
It is not a clairvoyance ball, but some zooming glass for sure.
Posted 06 February 2007 - 03:37 AM
If you have good logs, you will know where your visitors come from and that will tell you where your links are. If you have a new link and want to see if Google has found it, just check Google's cache for the page linking.
That said, I love to browse around in those links, I spotted some interesting ones (which seem to send almost no traffic), but once the site has a certain size (say over 500-1000 pages and over that many links) it is going to be impossible to check them manually anyway; you could only use them for statistics and trends (which can be fun and interesting though).
I do however think that this move will push more sites to verify with a Google account which is a great move.
Posted 06 February 2007 - 03:44 AM
For me, it is just fun (for now) to see the sites I have never heard of link to me. It'll pass and will be common within months, I suspect, though.
Posted 06 February 2007 - 04:41 AM
for one of my sites the webmastercentral shows almost 1.5 times the number shown by yahoo.
and for another site, its showing atleast 250 links when this site has never ever been advertised and this receives zero traffic :confused:
but atleast its works
Posted 06 February 2007 - 04:57 AM
I have an opposite problem. The site has 100 links, has 300 monthly visitors, but no comments, incoming links or anything. As if they are bots, or something.
Edited by A.N.Onym, 06 February 2007 - 04:59 AM.
Posted 06 February 2007 - 07:46 AM
In a sense, it is a way that you can build on what Google says it uses in determining relevancy. PageRank is their marketing term for it but in trying to understand everything about a given web page, those 'votes' from other web pages can be most instructive. How can you backtrack in research on the Web unless you know the inlinks to a web page you are studying. It's analogous to a research paper that doesn't give its citation references. I see nothing that Google would lose by giving this information accurately to everyone. To my mind it is one of the biggest black marks against what Google offers.
In a business sense, it can be very useful to try to understand what your competition is doing by studying the inlinks to their web pages. You may get a much better understanding of the movers and shakers in a market place by such analyses. I find the Yahoo! linkdomain: search excellent for this, and they are to be commended for providing such information.
Posted 06 February 2007 - 09:43 AM
Posted 06 February 2007 - 02:37 PM
BTW Thanks Vanessa - I just listened to an interview with you on webmaster radio last night.
Posted 06 February 2007 - 03:17 PM
Which name should we be using? It confuses new webmasters endlessly to learn that they're all the same.
Is "internal links" the same as "in-site" links or is there no real name for them?
... a rose by any other word would smell as sweet.
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