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Who is linking to my site???

Discussion in 'Web Design & Development' started by MeinDCIC, Nov 4, 2007.

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  1. MeinDCIC

    MeinDCIC Thread Starter

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    Does anyone know of a free service that will show you who is linking to your site? Google claims to have this - using link:domainname - but it does not return any info for my domain.

    Any sites that offer a service like that would be very helpful.
     
  2. MMJ

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    Than nobody is linking to your domain...

    Its not very accurate but it works somewhat.
     
  3. Fyzbo

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    Does your hosting provide some type of statistics, most do. They run off the server logs and will show the referrers.
     
  4. MeinDCIC

    MeinDCIC Thread Starter

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    Well that is not true - I have seen other links on other sites that point right to us - so the fact that it does not return anything is off for some reason.
     
  5. Fyzbo

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    You are right, googles link:site.com only includes links pointed directly at the domain. So a link to site.com would show, but a link to site.com/greatpage.html would not. It also only shoes the links from sites it has crawled, those that haven't been crawled or have been banned would not show up.

    I think your best bet is to get some type of website statistics and watch the referrers.
     
  6. cowplopmorris

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    I thought it was only links that Google followed were in link:example.com

    For example, Google may have not seen www.domain.com/page.htm which links to www.example.com/. In this case, www.domain.com/page.htm would not appear in link:example.com

    Google also follows pages out of your site, and your pages can be indexed this way even if no-one links to you.
     
  7. tomdkat

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    I second this.

    Peace...
     
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