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Google Adds New Ways To See Your Links

Google has added a new feature to Webmaster Central, letting you see a lot more of the incoming links for a site you own. You get a larger set of links than Google shows the public (although still not all of them, since Google is sure you’ll do something naughty with the list), and you can do a few cool things with it already, like download the list as a .CSV file for importing into Excel or some other spreadsheet program. My, imaging the data-mining possibilities…

Andy’s funny:

So, question for Google, why in the world can’t we see ALL of our backlinks? We’re grown-ups, we can handle it. We promise, if we see something that we shouldn’t, we’ll close our eyes and pretend it was never there.

February 12th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Search Optimization, Search, General | one comment

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  1. We can’t see ALL backlinks because the internet doesn’t work that way, obviously. If you want to be positive all backlinks are available, you’d have to make sure you have a copy of ALL the content on the internet, which would need to have an age of 0 seconds. It’s impossible. The web is generally not a push medium, it’s a pull medium.

    I assume Andy actually meant “ALL backlinks Google knows about”, and might that not already be the case with this new feature?

    I have to say I’m very sad the link:-command has become worse and worse, at one point in time it did indeed return a lot of links. No, wait, scratch that: my latest test returns a lot of links again.

    I guess it’s my bad for not using the link:-command anymore, because it stopped working (and my Google Toolbar does not have easy access to it anymore, because I don’t want to see the PageRank box - shame on Google).

    Comment by Tim | February 12, 2007

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