Downloadable Search Engine Back Links

Here is a simple study of the back links that the 4 major search engines allow you to browse:

Date

Sample Site Query Link

Search Engine

Indexed Back Links

Loadable Back Links

Average

7/11/2006

1g

Google.com

1,600,000

587

7/11/2006

2g

Google.com

1,020

576

7/11/2006

3g

Google.com

1,270,000

797

653

7/11/2006

1y

Yahoo.com

24,700,000

1,000

7/11/2006

2y

Yahoo.com

74,200,000

1,000

7/11/2006

3y

Yahoo.com

3,290,000

1,000

1,000

7/11/2006

1m

MSN.com

309,059

250

7/11/2006

2m

MSN.com

33,721,375

250

7/11/2006

3m

MSN.com

5,772,265

250

250

7/11/2006

1a

Ask.com

212,800

191

7/11/2006

2a

Ask.com

763,000

185

7/11/2006

3a

Ask.com

42,100

188

188

So we can tell that the Yahoo and MSN search engines give you a specific amount of browser loadable or downloadable (if you use software to automate this) results. While the Google and Ask engines seem to very in the amount of results they allow you to view. Ask doesn’t seems to have quite as large of varying difference between its samples as does Google.

So if you want to the largest amount of back links to your site use Yahoo, but if you want to fin the all the indexed back links possible gather all the sites back links to your site then delete the duplicate URL’s and boom you have more than you would have just using Yahoo. Well this is my hypothesis that I will be checking by this weeks end.

The reasoning is that if you’re a search engine you probably like the same stuff other search engines do, thus you probably spider the same things and other engines do, though you may rate and weight certain things as more important than other things.

Also if you have a web statistics account or they are also called web analytics you might try counting the “referring pages or URLs” as a back link too. Chances are that if a person clicks on a link going to you site a search engine has or will very soon and then index that page. This is another hypothesis I am interested in checking, over time of course. I plan on adding this to my “Total New Unique Back Links Report” here at Provo Labs, LLC.

(This post I also translated into German using MS Word 2007, I love it!! “Rückseite verbindet downloadable durch Search Engines”)