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    Links versus mentions
    I realize there's a lot of bigger stuff to discuss today, but I'm puzzled by this:

    Why are some links to my site listed as "links" when I check up on the site, and others only as "mentions"? I have, according to G, 7 or 8 inbound links, but 60 plus mentions of the URL. Why is one thing a link and another not?

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    What's mentions? Never heard of that.

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    Sorry, misstated it.
    "Contains the term."

    When you search for your domain name, you get options including latest cache, similar to, from the site, link to and contains the term. It's the link to and contain the term offerings that I don't understand. Shouldn't any page containing the full URL in a clickable fashion constitute a link?

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    I think the link to are actual clickable links to your site and the mention is just your site text is somewhere on that page but not a clickable link back to your site.

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    I don't think so, as I checked those pages and not only is the URL clickable, there are even regular hyperlinks with the site title as anchor text on some of them. Yet those pages aren't included in the "link to" listing.

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    I'm not sure then.

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    If I'm not mistaken, doesn’t Google only show links with the "link:" command when the linking page has at least PR4. That could account for what you're seeing. I've also read some things about "link:" being inaccurate.
    But are you still master of your domain?

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    when searching for backlinks: the pr4 rule is now outdated, G shows you a sample and pr's can range all over the place

    when searching for contains: it's just a regular search (?q=) and g will shows pages with the searched for text whether it's in, outside of, or spanning any hyperlink markup.

    see here for more:
    http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/operators.html
    http://www.google.com/search?q=googl...+all+backlinks

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    Trust is right. "Contains the Term" refers to pages that contains the searchable term your entering. For instance, go to Google, and type in your domain like:

    www.yourdomain.com

    You should get one listing, plus a selection of commands directly under it. One command is "Find web pages that contain the term 'www.yourdomain.com'"

    If there's any page on the web, that google has indexed, and contains that exact entry, it'll list it.

    The Links command, like the above poster mentioned, isn't a reliable source for backlinks. I don't think it ever provides an accurate count of the true number of links going back to a particular site. Yahoo and MSN works much better.

    EDIT: crap - Donuts' has faster fingers than I do..
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    Anybody know a easy way to search within results at msn or Y like you can at Google? I did give a quick look at Yahoo search help but couldn't see anything.

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    At Yahoo, I do this...

    linkdomain:www.mydomain.com -site:www.mydomain.com -site:mydomain.com

    where the last two parts avoid seeing your own site's internal links.

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    At MSN, check just like you do at Yahoo...

    explanations of operators:
    http://search.msn.com/docs/help.aspx...hOperators.htm

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    Comfortably Numb John Powell's Avatar
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    I was hoping they had something like Google's "Search within results" link at the bottom of G's SERPS.

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    They might, i didn't even look for the easy way. Somebody should check. I'm happy with my normal rutting method.

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