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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Yahoo!'s linkdomain: Search Operator


How to find the number of Web pages that link to your site with Yahoo search?
Google uses the link: operator. For example, link:www.getfirefox.com shows the number of Web pages that link the Web site of GetFirefox.com.

Find the number of web pages that link to a site with the linkdomain: search operator on Yahoo Search.

1. Use Yahoo! Search to find the number of Web pages (both external as well as internal) that link to chirayu.blogspot.com
linkdomain:chirayu.blogspot.com
549 results


2. Use Yahoo! Search to find the number of external web pages that link to chirayu.blogspot.com
linkdomain:chirayu.blogspot.com -site:chirayu.blogspot.com
469 results

Explanation of the search query
- Find the number of web pages that link to the page chirayu.blogspot.com (1)
(Gives results for internal and external Web pages)

- Exclude (use the minus sign) the site chirayu.blogspot.com and show only the external Web pages that link to chirayu.blogspot.com (2)

Why is the number so high (as compared to Google)?
It is so because most of the web pages that link to this site are blogs, and as each blog post has a permament url (a permalink) hence the permalinks (individual blog posts) are taken as web pages and each link from a permalink is an external link according to Yahoo! This is proof of Yahoo! giving more weightage to pages with RSS feeds that Google does.

What's so cool about it?
If you want to market a product, don't think of an email marketing campaign, start a blog.
Make a blog, syndicate it, write a post with the keywords of your product, give links from your blog post to your Web site, publish the post, ping Technorati, get indexed by search engines. See your blog post on Yahoo! for the keywords of your product within 48 hours of having published the post, plus get feedback on your product with comments from people who visit your blog. Sounds good? Give it a try.



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