• http://mimasm.com Chris Dohman

    this is a nice chuck of info google has given us with the webmaster tools but like you say just counting the links does not give you the whole story.

    what i would like is grouping of inbound links by domain along with the count of total domains linking to your site, then being able to drill down from each of those domains to see the count and individual pages that the domain has linking to you. right now sitewide links like those from blogrolls distort the total backlink count number so much it’s silly. some grouping and filter features would do wonders for getting some helpful info.

    but you gotta start somewhere and it’s nice google got this one going. too bad it’s only for your own site though.

  • http://www.resourceshelf.com gary price

    Over on ResourceShelf we point out that this is a tool more for the webmaster (as Danny notes) than the searcher/researcher who often like to conduct backlink (link:) in competitive intelligence and other types of research situations.

    We also note that you are still unable to combine link: with other words or syntax with Google or Yahoo via their main interfaces.

    However, with MSN Live Search you can combine words and syntax with the link: syntax. So, show me all of the pages that link to XXX AND that have XXX in the title, on the page, etc is possible on MS Live Search.


  • http://linkleecher.com Tom Churm

    On a related subject – I’d like to make people aware of my Link Leecher search utility at http://linkleecher.com

    Though useful, Google’s tool is restricted to verified website owners, so I think its appeal will be somewhat restricted.

    What I’ve done with my website Link Leecher is I’ve created a search utility to grab all the links from any webpage (not just your own). The searches performed at Link Leecher can be made using optional filters.

    Link lists generated by Link Leecher can be exported as RSS feeds, Text files, .CSV files, etc..

    Link Leecher has been online now for a year – and it’s also been available for a long time as a ‘Google Gadget’.

    Remember where you saw it first, folks.

    Tom Churm, Developer Guy
    Link Leecher

  • bood guy

    I have checked one of my sites in Webmaster Tools. The first 1500 links (i.e. the first 15 pages if you set link number at the maximum) show the same sitewide link from different URLs of a single site.

    To me, this amounts to: useless.

  • http://www.traffick.com AndrewGoodman

    Fascinating announcement. I can’t help but feel the release of this feature was influenced by the persistence of keeping the inadequacy of Google’s backlinks reporting on the radar… by none other than Danny Sullivan.

    In classic Danny style you also provide uber-detail about the practical applications of the tool, giving even more suggestions to Google about how to make it better. Way to go.

    Remember the SEOmoz study? Yahoo backlinks count as a strong predictor of actual site traffic. Well ahead of Alexa. It looks like it’s time to add various cuts at “Google’s full backlinks report” to this list. I think that report will be a must read for any site owner. And Om Malik might not leave for a smoke break if you quote these stats in a meeting.

  • kia

    I’ve been using Referer.org for this purpose for a long time (almost a year I think). Referer.org have the same features as Google, but it also includes an invaluable service to me – RSS feeds. By subscribing to the RSS feed for my own pages I get a notification whenever I get a new link to my page, including PageRank and a screenshot of the page. And it optionally lets me put the list of referrers on my own page.

  • gary price

    An update to my comment above.

    Fellow librarian, search engine guru, and Search Engine Showdown publisher, Greg Notess,

    http://www.searchengineshowdown.com and

    pointed out an error in my post regarding Yahoo backlink searching.

    It IS POSSIBLE to combine additional terms and syntax with Yahoo backlink searches.

    When using link: you must use http:// after the link: syntax.

    Use this for a specific URL. For example:
    link:http://www.oclc.com Ohio

    limits to pages containing links to the specified domain using the linkdomain syntax.

    With linkdomain: DO NOT include the http://
    linkdomain:oclc.org ohio

    Thanks again to Greg Notess.

  • http://www.seopractices.com seo beginners

    I have been reading Searchengineland for a while and I am subscribed to your newsletter, but this is my first post here. Very interesting article, I believe this is the beginning of getting better feedback from Google hopefully, the information for inbound links on a site is very important, as you mentioned above in the article Danny, it shows us how healthy a Website is, let’s hope Google will take in account your recommendations, thanks.

  • http://www.netpaths.net CVOS

    I never thought Google would share so much link data. Getting a complete understanding of who links to you is fundamental in the world of social marketing.

    Even better would be the links displayed hierarchically in descending order so the site owner could see which links were the most important. Yahoo! Explorer sort of does this, here’s hoping Google follows their lead.

  • http://www.planetwebmarketing.co.uk web page design

    I always thought that Google was not happy to be seen to be helping SEO folk and internet marketers – despite needing them for their income. So, does this new tool suggest that they are

    a. Trying to keep the marketers sweet by drip-feeding helpful-but-not-quite-as-helpful-as-they-could-be tools

    b. Realising that, by helping SEO people, they could in turn increase their own income

    c. starting to think about impending competition as the other ‘big-guns’ start to copy/improve on Google’s successful income swelling methods