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Confused About Google's Index, Url Dampening, & No. of Links?

I recently received still another 'please help' email from the gentleman called Ian who runs a venture organization in Tanzania (http://www.betheladventure.co.uk ). Ian was concerned with the consequence of the variety of issues including indexing and link dampening, and was desperate for help. Unfortunately, he'd read some relatively misleading articles in the past, so he'd a somewhat confused understanding of the factors at play. Since I believe he's not alone in his frustration and concern, I made a decision to publish the details of our discussion.

Ian's email contains a few issues. I've shown each separately below, followed by my reaction.

Q: When I search for the amount of backlinks to my site using 'link:www.betheladventure.co.uk', I see only 2-3 results. This influential what is linklicious article directory has varied novel tips for the purpose of this view. It seems that only 23 of our backlinks have survived Google's dampening link filter. Can there be a time delay before they're credited to some site? '

A: Firstly, I do believe you might have the dampening link filter just a little puzzled. In line with the dampening link filter concept, your links are located and acquiesced by Google, you simply do not have the full benefit from them until certain period of time has elapsed. The dampening url filter (if it exists) doesn't stop links from appearing in Google's benefits when you look for them. (The only reason your backlinks mightn't come in a Google search is if Google has not yet listed the pages containing the links.) Also, do not worry too much about such things as the dampening link filter. For a start, it's definately not proven / accepted fact. Many well-regarded Search Engine Optimisation authorities do not believe in it at all. More over, even if it does occur, it only affects those businesses with all the budget to generate the huge numbers (hundreds or thousands possibly) of links reputedly required to induce it. That's not a problem, if your quantity of backlinks suddenly increases by 2-0.

And secondly, do not think anything Google lets you know. By searching for 'link:www.betheladventure.co.uk', you generally only view a small percentage of real links to your website. The simplest way to search for links is to search for just the URL 'www.bethaladventure.co.uk', then on-the page that displays next, select 'Find web-pages that contain the term 'www.bethaladventure.co.uk' .' If you do it this way, you'll see all of the pages that have your URL. In most cases, the URL will be an energetic link (or at the very least it should be, and you should ask them to make it so). Once you do this research, you'll observe that your site has about 169 links, perhaps not 2-3.

Q: Another question is all about indexed pages (using site:www.betheladventure.co.uk). I am aware this is a history of pages which were changed. I'd 32, it went down to 28 and it's down to 26 now this morning. Do they just keep the pages for a month or will there be more towards the listed pages than I realized?

A: The number of indexed pages is simply the number of pages on your site that Google 'is aware of.' Theoretically, the only time the age of a page comes into play is if the page is also young*, i.e. Google spiders haven't visited it yet, or Google has not updated its index. As to why the reported number of indexed pages is reducing, I imagine it is merely a temporary move. How many results in Google's searches varies virtually constantly.

*Actually, formally speaking, it's been suggested that Google is not capable of indexing all 11.5 billion pages currently considered to be on line (and the 10 million more that are added each day), and that as it indexes new pages, old pages are sent out of the list. (This is a really rough description of the idea - if it's happening at all, it's apt to be a lot more complicated than this.) If this is happening, it may explain why the number of indexed pages is reducing. Even though I think it is a long-shot, a good way to deal with it is to maintain top quality information, to a Google sitemap, to keep producing backlinks, and to keep raising it. To learn more about sitemaps, go to http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/login. To download a free - and invaluable - tool for creating a sitemap, head to http://johannesmueller.com/gs/. Identify supplementary resources about crack20unequal8 on PureVolume.com\u2122 by browsing our astonishing paper.

I know there is plenty of confusion surrounding these dilemmas, so I hope you have found this exchange helpful.

Happy indexing!.