What are Incoming Links?

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  • #3132

    kashmir
    Member

    Hello,

    on my Dashboard page, under Latest Activity, there’s a topic that says Incoming Links. What does Incoming Link mean?? I clicked on More and was taken to a google page that simply directed to my blog page.

    Could you please let me know what Incoming Link means and if it means that some other site/blog is linking to that post, how do I find which blog/site is linking.

    Shall be thankful for help.

    –Kashmir

    #3323

    “Incoming Links” is a list of:

    Sites linking directly to your WP.com site, and

    Trackback links in the comments of your posts.

    #3324

    kashmir
    Member

    Thanks!

    But, how does one find the sites that trackback to my blog?

    When I click on the incoming link, it simply links to my post. How do I find the site that’s linking to my site?

    –Kashmir

    #3325

    kashmir
    Member

    Please let know.

    –Kashmir

    #3326

    kashmir
    Member

    And if I have a link to one of my previous posts, does that also show as incoming link?

    –Kashmir

    #3329

    Yep. If you have a link (in one of your own posts) to one of your own posts, it shows in the “incoming links” section.

    As to getting to the sites linking you: click on the username of the poster in order to find the incoming link. It should take you directly to the linking post.

    Trackbacks differ from comments in that they all begin and end with these: “[….” and “….]”

    #3351

    kashmir
    Member

    Thank you, thereflectivet!

    -Kashmir

    #3365

    drmike
    Member

    If you click on that more link that’s right above the listing, it’ll take you to Google and show you what they have for incoming links. That’s where that portion of the DashBoard gets its information from.

    -drmike

    #3372

    kashmir
    Member

    Thank you drmmike!

    I would like to know a bit more about trackbacks, I have a ‘permalink’ option below my posts but no ‘trackback’ option. Are trackbacks and permalinks the same things?

    Is there any thread that has been discussing trackbacks, I would like to know more about them.

    Thanks and Obliged,

    -Kashmir

    #3376

    drmike
    Member

    Are trackbacks and permalinks the same things?

    Offically no but there’s a catch.

    You’ll notice that the permalink is the exact same thing as the URL for the article in question.

    The trackback is slightly different. When you do a trackback, your blog (the one you’re writing on) sends back information to the first blog. Sort of a “Hello, I’m linking to you just so you know” message. It’s technically called a “ping” but it’s different from what a real ping is in computer terms. (But most people know it as a ping or a “blog ping” so you can call it that.)

    Now here comes the catch. WordPress can use both as a trackback source. Not every blogging software can. If you were to not include a trackback in your post here at WP.com but include a link in the post, WP will still try to send a ping to that page. On the receiving end, WP will recognize both but, again, some blogs won’t.

    Good form is to include the trackback anyway just to be on the safe side.

    You can find out about Trackbacks here and Permalinks here.

    Hope this helps,
    -drmike

    #3381

    kashmir
    Member

    Thank you. Your explanation was much more helpful than the help I got from reading a couple of sites on the net.

    Thanks,

    -Kashmir

    #3710

    Oh… I have never used trackbacks before…so if I am getting information from another blog or web-site, then I include the url in the trackback section of my new post section.

    So it basically tell the other site that I have been to them, and may have gleaned information from them.

    Is that right?

    V

    #3711

    hi2005
    Member

    according to my experience, the incoming links seems to be the results from google blog search for back links.

    #3712

    drmike
    Member

    LJ, a trackback tells the other site that you have linked to them and are basically asking for a link back to your article. Sort of a reciprocal link request.

    #3776

    ujwala
    Member

    hi drmike, i found “incoming links” in one of my blogs http://technoblahgy.wordpress.com and when i click on more I get taken to the Google site. How do i figure out who has linked to me? sorry for being obtuse but i couldnt figure it out. many thanks.

    #3780

    bloggenbent
    Member

    Heh, well how about this? I’ve got an incoming link that points back to my own post – as if the post links to itself.

    Only, there’s no link to the post itself in the article.

    *humming twilight zone theme*

    #3781

    drmike
    Member

    How do i figure out who has linked to me?

    Um, look at the Google page? Thats the list on inbound links to your site. :)

    I’ve got to admit though that as much as I dislike Microsoft their MSN search is a lot better for stuff like this. They seem to pick up links and pages quicker than Google and they ignore the nofollow portion of tags so they look at everything moreso than Google does.

    Ben, I’d love to see an example to see this so I can tell you for sure.

    #3782

    Hi drmike, So you are saying that when you look at more in the incoming links and it bouces you to a GoogleBlog search page means that Google search has linked to my blog?

    Not trying to beat a dead horse, :-)
    MGC

    #3784

    drmike
    Member

    Not entirely. Google’s blog search is seperate from the normal Google search engine. You can read what Google’s blog search is here.

    What it looks like it is doing is just reading the RSS feed from your site much like technorati does and populates it’s database from that instead of using spiders like the normal Google search engine does.

    What you are seeing is posts from other sites where a link has been created to your site within that post. I don’t see where it would be pickup up links from within a blogroll as those are not included within the RSS feed.

    For example:

    If you take a look at my link results from my test blog, you’ll see some internal linking that I do as well as a number of incoming links. If you follow through to those, you’ll note that those links are coming is from other posts elsewhere.

    Hope this helps,
    -drmike

    #3785

    nosysnoop
    Member

    If Google is so freaking popular, why don’t they index more? That blows. I’m indexed more on MSN. But my referrers from MSN say Sympatico for some reason.

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