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Subject: Backwards Links
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: boycey-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 09 Jan 2004 10:00 PST
Expires: 08 Feb 2004 10:00 PST
Question ID: 294780
I have many websites, all of which link to each other when relevant
(most are travel related). There are also at least a dozen links from
other sites on each which I have cultivated. These have been in place
for months if not years. when I do a back links search on google, many
of my sites show a zero count and the rest only one or two,. this
clearly wrong. Google hasd placed great emphasis on back links, yet
thay do not seem to be able to analyse the back-links count correctly?
A recent example is (PR=3)which I built for a
client, I have included a link from
PR=4, yet this is not included in the count, amonst many others. Help!
Subject: Re: Backwards Links
Answered By: robertskelton-ga on 09 Jan 2004 14:51 PST
Hi there,

Despite what it says in the Google help pages:

...the Backward Links function does not show every link. 

This does not mean that Google is not aware of the links that are
pointing to your site, just that it doesn't list all of them when you
use the Backward Links function.

AlltheWeb has a backward links function that shows every link (of the
sites indexed by AlltheWeb). Just enter a URL in the search box, and
the results page has a link that says:

"Find all external web pages that link to.."

Compare the results of links to provided by each engine:

Google says has 323,000 backward links

AlltheWeb says has 16 million backward links

In this instance AlltheWeb doesn't show many links to your site, but
usually it is much better than Google for this purpose.

Consensus of webmaster opinion
At WebMasterWorld there are literally hundreds of discussions about
how the backward links function works.

Almost always someone chimes in with the PR4 factoid:

"Remember that Google only lists pages with a pr4 or higher in the backlink"

"Google shows only backlinks with a pr4 or higher."

"pages with a PR of 3 or less are no longer showing up as backlinks"

The problem is that no-one except for Google search engineers knows
for sure how it works, we can only guess. While the PR4 rule seems to
apply most of the time, there are exceptions. The instance you
mentioned above seems to be the only one - all the other pages I found
linking to yours were PR3 or less.

The PageRank system seems to be restricted to whole numbers between
0-10, but in reality a page could have PR4, PR4.5 or PR4.53876. It is
quite likely that the real cut-off point for showing backward links is
something like PR4.1 - unfortunately there is no way for webmasters to
see more accurate PageRank then the Google Toolbar.

If Google has indexed the pages that link to your site, then Google
knows of the links.

Whether Google assigns importance to links from pages with a low
PageRank is anyone's guess. All you can do is strive to get more
genuine links from sites with high PageRank, which is probably the
most difficult task for any webmaster looking for good search engine

Best wishes,

Request for Answer Clarification by boycey-ga on 04 Feb 2004 22:30 PST
Sorry for delay in responding, but.....
allthe web search shows 52 back links  to my site 
It has at least 10 back links pr4 and above, all of which are
recognised as quality back links on other theme related sites. Yet GG
only shows me as having 4. Why is this? How long does it take GG to
find back links, isn't it checked on every crawl. GG crawled my site
several times in the last 2 weeks, I know this from checking the
cached versions yet the backlinks don't change. Examples of the
quality back links below PR5 (anchor=Heywood Holiday Cotttages) PR 6 same anchor 
I have suffered terribly in the Austin update, so these back links are
of vital importance now......

Clarification of Answer by robertskelton-ga on 04 Feb 2004 23:44 PST
Hi again,

As I pointed out, no-one really knows how Google decides which links
to list, but in the past PR4+ has been a good rule of thumb.

Check the cached version of and you will
see why it doesn't show up - your link is not in the caced version,
and the cached version represents what it is in the current index.

I have no answer regarding the other one, except that Google has
introduced a filter aimed at stopping sites gaining advantage from
using the same keyphrase in all the links to a page/site. Considering
all the links I have seen use the same phrase (which is normal in my
book), Google might be discounting some of them... It's really hard
when all we can do is guess, and Google keeps changing their

Ultimately nothing has really changed - get as many genuine, quality
links pointing to your site as you can. We will probably never know if
not being listed in backward links means the link is redundant or not.

For example, my business site dropped from PR7 to PR6 last week.
Nothing has changed in terms of links or content, and I run a very
clean ship. Often it is just the tinkering of the Google Engineers.

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