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Old 11th June 2007, 09:07 AM   #1
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Exclamation Google's Link Comand

When I do a google search for back links to my site I get a messege that my search did not match any documents.

It used to work. I thought maybe it was a problem on googles end, but now I'm starting to wonder if I've done something to upset google somehow.

Does anyone have any ideas about this?

Also, can a person call google for support?



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Old 11th June 2007, 10:20 AM   #2
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Try the info operator like


also check http://www.google.com/help/operators.html

good luck.

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Old 11th June 2007, 10:27 AM   #3
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That generally means Google has zero inbound links indexed for your site. You can check all Google data centers using this great tool: oyoy.eu/google/links/ (use this tool sparingly, Google doesn’t like automated queries.)

Google’s support for organic results is limited to their Webmaster Guidelines. Though not the human interaction you were probably looking for, the Webmaster Guidelines is exactly what Google feels a site owner needs to know in order to “help Google find, index, and rank your site.”

Might I also suggest using Google Webmaster Tools if you’re not already? Webmaster Tools provides very detailed information, including inbound link details.

Hope this helps,

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Old 11th June 2007, 01:00 PM   #4
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SoKyBiz - I used the info: option per your suggestion and I do appear to have 3 or 4 inbound links, so I don't know what the problem is.

TannerHobin - I have used the webmaster tools once before, and I think I have a problem with my sitemap too. Again, not 100% sure...more of a gut feeling I guess.

Please bear with me as I am very new to website building and seo.

Thanks for all your help.



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Old 11th June 2007, 07:36 PM   #5
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Chuck, I used the link popularity tool at Marketleap


and checked your site and it shows 35 inbound links on Yahoo, zero for Google. MSN's backlink function is temporarily down so no numbers there.

Since you appear to have some inlinks, why not go through the inbounds Yahoo is reporting and see if those pages are indexed in Google (the pages hosting your link) and if they're showing any PageRank. Pages with lower PageRank scores tend to be crawled less frequently so it could just be a time thing.

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Old 19th June 2007, 07:31 AM   #6
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Thanks Debra,

I did go back and checked the links. Only 2 had any page rank (1 & 2). So I guess it is a time issue. I will continue to look for quality inbound links in the mean time.

Thanks again for your help.


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Old 20th June 2007, 07:13 AM   #7
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If you have a look around you will see many people have been posting with this same issue. There is no need for concern at this time as the link operator is not reporting as it should.

A way to confirm this is to sign up for Google Alerts and add your website as an alert with brackets around it.

Google will email you each time it locates your site's link after a crawler indexed another site. This clearly shows Google is indexing these other sites but the link backs are not being updated when using their link operator.

Hope this helps!

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Old 20th June 2007, 10:57 AM   #8
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Google's "link:" operator has only returned a "sample" of your inbound links for at least three years now. It is absolutely not at all a reliable indicator of your inbound links or of the links that Google "counts" in your favor.

Go to Google Webmaster Central and sign up for Webmaster Tools. Register and validate your site with Webmaster Tools, and you can check your links there, as well. (Note: this is the service that used to be known as Google Sitemaps. While you can use also use the service to submit a sitemap, it is not necessary to create or use the sitemap feature in order to make use of the rest of the information. I highly recommend the Webmaster Tools as an informational resource for all site owners.)

The list you will find there is not necessarily a complete list of the links pointing to your pages which Google knows about, but it does appear to be more complete than the selection you'll get by using the "link:" command.


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Old 28th June 2007, 07:22 AM   #9

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REAlly touch !!...

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Old 3rd July 2007, 05:27 AM   #10

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if you just want to know the linking site then you can also try Yahoo search....
try linkdomain:domainname at yahoo this will give you more results as compare to google also there are other tools for getting backlinks details at backlinkwatch/iwebtool/seochat etc

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