Posted 29 December 2007 - 09:32 PM
Posted 30 December 2007 - 04:24 AM
The results shown in a link:-query on Google are just a rough sample of the links that are known - they are also in no particular order. For a better sample, you can check the links shown in your Webmaster Tools account (you'll have to verify ownership of your site first). Hope it helps!
Posted 30 December 2007 - 07:25 AM
The general belief is that Yahoo's backlink checker shows backlinks in order of importance.
The Google webmaster tools link checker shows a more complete sample than Googles link: operator. Not sure if the links are listed in order of importance.
But if Yahoo's list is, problem solved ;-)
Edited by kestrel, 30 December 2007 - 07:26 AM.
Posted 30 December 2007 - 08:08 AM
Posted 02 January 2008 - 04:32 AM
Posted 02 January 2008 - 03:33 PM
If a search engine were to outright show you which links it finds most valuable, what would you do with that information? Anyone who knew about that would take that information and try to construct other links in the same way. The problem with that is that search engines value links because they assume that they are (for some part at least) natural. If they gave you information on how to unnaturally tweak your links, they would be breaking their assumption. It's a kind of catch-22 . And add to that the problem that if they break their assumptions, they'll have to change their assumptions (or methods), thereby making the old importance possibly irrelevant in the future.
Posted 02 January 2008 - 03:51 PM
Let's imagine a world without search engines. Let's assume instead that some philanthropists decide to set up spidering operations and catalog the Web linkages. Suppose on visiting their website, YaGoo, you could do a query denoted by link:domain.com. Using some algorithm, they would estimate for each inlink to your domain the probable traffic that might visit via this inlink.
That would seem to me a very useful service. I don't see any downsides to the availability of the service and perhaps there are upsides. I guess some of us are hoping that a link: search with the regular search engines might give something comparable.
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