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Friday, August 26, 2005

Do You Know Who Links to You?

One question I get quite often from newer webmasters is "how can I tell what other sites are linking to me?". The best way is by using one of the major search engines (Google, Yahoo or MSN) to get this info.

I'll start with Yahoo. While they Yahoo is not the most popular search engine on the web, it does tend to show a more complete listing of sites that are linking to you than Google or MSN will.

Go to Yahoo. In the search field type: linkdomain:www.yoursitehere.com and hit search (or enter). On the next page that loads you'll see a listing of other pages on the Internet that link to you.

The same command will work for MSN.

There are a couple of ways to get the same info from Google, I like this one the best. In the search field simply enter www.yourdomina.com and hit search. The next page you see will have a few options, one of which is "show sites that link to". Keep in mind that Google has openly admitted that this summary of links is just that - a summary. They do not show all the links they know about that are pointing to your website.

I'm a junkie and check all the time to see who's linking to me. I think it's pretty cool to find out about other sites that either like your site enough to link to you on their own, or hate your site enough they decided to link to it and make fun of you.

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