What are Incoming Links?

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  • #3786

    drmike
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    If Google is so freaking popular, why don’t they index more?

    When Google was first designed, they programmed it in C and included a numbering system. That numbering system allows for a maxinum of about 4.2 billion data records. They ran out of those numbers years ago and keep having to redo the system.

    From 2003

    More recent: The Register

    Direct from a Google director

    Sympatico is a large ISP in Canada who recommend MSN as their search engine.

    #3787

    nosysnoop
    Member

    But why doesn’t MSN have the same problems that Google does? Bill Gates is smarter? lol

    #3788

    drmike
    Member

    I remember reading that MSN was designed to support 11.1 billion pages from their relaunch a year or two ago.

    I use Google to search for stuff and MSN to check for links and the like.

    *chuckle* I guess the richest man in the world beats out um, two postgrads who are now rich. :)

    #3828

    therugbynut
    Member

    I was advised about Incoming Links by a colleague, he said go to your Dashboard page and look under incoming links. However, it doesn’t seem to be there. Can you help, the ping option doesn’t option dosesn’t appear under the Options tab either?

    Thanks

    Rich

    #3829

    drmike
    Member

    Your best bet would be to go to a search engine and type in link:therugbynut.wordpress.com into the search bar. What’s on your dashboard is just the most recent ones and then only from sites that support RSS feed.

    #3830

    timethief
    Member

    (1) go to your dasboard and look to the left hand side. There you will see a heading in bold lettering that says “Latest Activity”. Now look on the line immediately below that – it says incoming links.

    (2) the search engine checkbox was removed last night – here is the explanation as to why http://wordpress.com/blog/2006/08/04/custom-css/

    edit: sorry drmike and I were typing at the same time

    #3831

    britgirl
    Member

    My incoming links have disappeared – yet again.

    #3832

    timethief
    Member

    Not to worry, when google works on them (it’s not a wordpress thing) they come and go, and go and come, then they settle down until the next time google does their thing again.

    #3833

    drmike
    Member

    As someone said a few days ago, blogging is not an exact science. :)

    Things don’t always work the way they should.

    #3839

    timethief
    Member

    Moved to a new post as this one is marked “resolved”

    #3846

    leisureguy
    Member

    This is very helpful in understanding “incoming links.” But I do have unresolved questions: This post is shown as incoming link:

    http://leisureguy.wordpress.com/2006/11/02/megs-and-her-catnip-banana/

    But I don’t have any links to it or from it—just a link to a third-party site. So I know my understanding of “incoming links” is still incomplete.

    Why does this post show as an “incoming link”? Thanks.

    #3847

    timethief
    Member

    If you click on any incoming link you will end up on the site from whence the link came.
    The link you gave above seems to be indicating that you gave your own story a link in another story you wrote later … *lol* … an interesting concept *lol*

    #3848

    drmike
    Member

    LG, you’re seeing it as an incoming link because the forum threads have RSS feeds attached to them now and Tech. is picking up on them.

    I’m seeing them (a lot) as well. :)

    #3849

    leisureguy
    Member

    Many thanks. I do indeed sometimes link to earlier posts, particularly if the later post is a correction or amplification, but the post in question has no link to it at all.

    I assume that somewhere in FAQs there is or soon will be a full explanation of “incoming links” and their oddities. One minor enhancement I would ask for: check the “incoming link” and see if equals the post itself, and if it does, do not post that as an incoming link (since it’s totally uninformative so far as I can see). Thanks for listening. (I’ll send this as feedback as well, since this is a resolved thread)

    #3913

    I have an incoming link to my blog. It is to a paxil blog. I think it is sort of a spam thing. How can I decline being connected to that blog?

    #3914

    You cannot control incoming links from outside sources. You do have the ability to block comments, but not incoming links.

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