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Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: shoo-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 12 Jul 2002 08:03 PDT
Expires: 11 Aug 2002 08:03 PDT
Question ID: 38919
We are looking for the links for the web by using the link tool, ie  But the link tool is not working
for this site, though it does work for other sites we try. Please let
us know what we can do to get these links to connect to the google
link tool.
Subject: Re:
Answered By: wengland-ga on 12 Jul 2002 14:02 PDT
Greetings, shoo!

The most likely cause of this error:
"Your search - - did
not match any documents. "
is that there are no links to your site stored in the Google database.

However, a search at Altavista produces 27 results:

So, the real question is why does Altavista have more information than
Google?  That is a good question, and unfortunately, one without a
good answer.  Both search engines are constantly spidering the web and
indexing millions (billions?) of pages.

Google offers a resource for webmasters at :
which specifies that " we do not serve link queries for all of the
sites in our index, so this may not produce any results for your
site."  They do not elaborate further on how they determine which
sites to serve links queries for.  I would suggest contacting Google
via e-mail at one of the addresses listed on the Google Contact page

In the mean time, I would suggest using Altavista to determine what
sites are linking to yours until Google updates their index and serves
link queries for your site.  The Altavista syntax is simply

I hope this answers your question, and if you need further
information, please ask for a clarification.

Search Terms Used:
At Google:

Subject: Re:
From: poshspicelv-ga on 12 Jul 2002 15:22 PDT
Another site that has link information for your domain is Alexa
( Alexa ranks sites by popularity and also lists
link information. Here is what we found for your site:
Average Traffic Rank: 350,847 
Other sites that link to this site: 18 
Online Since: 01-Mar-2000 

You can see more information by visiting the url directly:

Your site has 12 links in the search engine, click on this
link to see them:

With HotBot, your site has 11 links:

Here are your results for the rest of the search engines:

MSN Search:

AOL NetFind:

Subject: Re:
From: poshspicelv-ga on 12 Jul 2002 15:24 PDT
I forgot to mention, here is the url of the link popularity tool(it
illustrates how many other sites link to your page via various search
Subject: Re:
From: jesseruderman-ga on 12 Jul 2002 16:04 PDT
For a page to appear on a link: search, both the linking page and the
linked-to page must have pagerank 4 or above.  Your page has rank 3 so
Google does not allow you to search for links to it.  Google should
warn you instead of returning zero results, but I guess they don't
want to be /too/ friendly to webmasters :P

Below, I describe how I reached the conclusion above.

I remember hearing a rumor that there's a minimum page rank below
which sites won't appear on link: searches.  When I search for links
to my site (rank 5) I see a lot of 4's and one 5 but no 3's or below. 
(Btw, I'm using IE's Google Toolbar to check the pagerank of each
page. Hovering over the green bar in the toolbar shows the numerical

I verified this "minimum rank to show on link searches" rumor in two

1. Searched for lyrics to the song "Anywhere Is".  I found, which has page rank 3 and links to  Even though Google's cache of
/ shows the link to /main.htm, a Google search for links to does not show the site.

2. Picked an entry deep in dmoz and then searched for both the text
description and the link.  (Dmoz is a directory that allows other
directories to mirror it.  Dmoz URLs tend to be very long, so pages
deep within mirrors of the directory rarely have high pagerank.)  I
and the entry with the description "Code and techniques for designing,
developing, marketing and promoting your web site."  The linked-to
site has rank 4.  Searching Google for the description yielded about
50 hits, all mirrors of dmoz, most with pagerank 1.  Searching Google
for the link yielded only 9 hits.  Of those hits, one was dmoz, one
was Google's dmoz mirror (pagerank 7), one was a lucky dmoz mirror
with pagerank 4, and the rest were not dmoz mirrors.

That doesn't completely answer your question yet, because Google's
mirror of dmoz does link to your site (
and is listed in Google as linking to your site.  The page on google
directory that links to your site has pagerank 4.  Maybe it's because
your page has pagerank 3 -- perhaps both the linking page and the
linked-to page have to have pagerank 4 for a link: search to work.

To verify this new theory, I took
(pagerank 1) and chopped off directories until I got to a page with
pagerank 4. I found (rank 3)
and (rank 4).  No
pages are listed as linking to while 8
are listed as linking to  Computers/ does
link to Computers/Internet/, of course!

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