First, I want to mention that, because the Google searching and
indexing algorithms are secret and proprietary, nothing can be stated
"for sure" and "for every single link". The information that is
"known" has been developed by persistent webmasters who spend most of
their time studying Google Search Results and tweaking web pages to
see what effect their changes have on Page Rank and Search Engine
Results Ranking. Therefore, this information is purely speculative
(although there appears to be some real degree of accuracy to a lot of
Because of Google's secrecy, it is not known for absolute certain, but
the general consensus among experienced webmasters who have
extensively studied Google's "backward links" function pretty much
agree that the link: function will only return pages with a Rank of 4
From Senior Forum Member "Birdman" at WebmasterWorld:
"It is thought that Google only shows backlinks from pages that have a
pr4 or higher."
Bear in mind that the Page Rank which matters is the Page Rank of the
page which *contains the link to your site*, not the PR of the site's
Home Page. There is not a lot that you can do to affect the linking
page's PR. The best you can do is get your site link put on a page
that already has a PR4 or higher.
However, there is one good way to pull up a list of a *LOT* more sites
that contain your URL than just those returned by a Google "link to"
If you enter your URL into the Google search text box and click
"Google Search", something like this usually comes up:
pay off debts, consolidate your debts, consolidate my debts ...
Why a Remortgage? Thousands of people are cashing in on the value
locked up in their homes by remortgaging and making a fresh financial
Google can show you the following information for this URL:
Show Google's cache of www.orionms.co.uk
Find web pages that are similar to www.orionms.co.uk
Find web pages that link to www.orionms.co.uk
Find web pages that contain the term "www.orionms.co.uk" <<---
As you're probably aware, clicking on "link to" in the
next-to-the-bottom line will provide the Search Results for a "link:"
command with the URL string you entered -- showing only those pages
with a high-enough ranking to be included (in this case, Google
returns "Results 1 - 4 of 4").
... if you click on "contain the term" in the last line, you should
get a list of ALL the web pages Google has indexed that include the
URL string you entered (in this case, Google returns "Results 1 - 100
of about 110").
Now, something odd that I have discovered is that if you enter in the
Google Search text box the "link:" command with no space before the
URL, you get the same results as in the "link to" list above:
*However*, if you enter in the Google Search text box the "link:"
command *with* a space before the URL, you usually get a list with
more URLs than the "link to" list, but fewer URLs than the "contain
the term" list.
Note that for your URL, these sites have Page Rank anywhere from 1 to
4. As far as I know, Google has never explained this little quirk. If
you use the "link:" command, you will want to be sure to *not* include
a space before the URL.
Before Rating my Answer, if you have any Questions about the above
information, please post a Request for Clarification, and I will be
glad to see what I can do for you.
I hope that this Answer provides exactly the information you were seeking!