Monday, September 28
The main reason why you want to sign up with Google Webmaster Central is to find out what backlinks are pointing to your blog. Especially which are the backlinks to your blog that Google values.
You will get the most comprehensive list of backlinks to your site through Yahoo by using Yahoo Search link:yoursite.blogspot.com feature which takes you to Yahoo site explorer like this: http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/search?p=http%3A%2F%2Fdofollowcool.blogspot.com&bwm=i&bwmf=u&bwms=p&fr=moz35&fr2=seo-rd-se .You can see the comprehensive list of backlinks there. However, most of the search traffic comes from Google and you do want to know which of these links are valued by Google. Dofollow is only one of the qualities of a link Google is looking for.
When you try the same link: search at google.com, you will see that Google hides most of the backlinks jealously. You will find many more links through yahoo search.
So to get a bit closer to understanding what backlinks Google appreciates, sign up with Google Webmaster Central. Choose the META TAG authentication for your blog as the file upload version will not work with your blogspot blog. Then check up on your backlinks. Here are the current stats for a site that shows you how your parking ticket pays for itself:
Yahoo Siteexplorer: Pages: 38, Inlinks:174
Google Search Link: 5 sites linking in
Google Webmaster Central: 88 links to your site.
You see, not all links are created equal in Google's mind. Google is a jealous god. Backlinks play an important role with Google. However, you will need to work just a little bit harder to find out which backlinks really count for Google. Sign up for Google Webmaster Central. There is other very useful information there. I'll let you discover it on your own. In my next post I'll tell you my discovery.