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Faulty Links Created By a Spammer

I checked out one of my newer sites and found it had 3 backlinks I hadn’t created.

On closer investigation they were from 3 related forums.

Someone had posted a link, but it went to a page I haven’t got!
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How Do You Find How Many Backlinks You Have?

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I use several tools to analysis my sites.

One of the best ones is the Quirk addon for Firefox, available here:

Quirk will appear as a Q at the bottom of your screen.

If you right click on it you will be given a range of options.

Show Keyword Density allows you to enter a keyword and have the page analysed. It will highlight any occurrences of that keyword and give you a set of statistics.

If you look at the top few pages in the search results for your keyword and check there figures you will see if there are any improvements you can do.

If you select backlinks>domain external>yahoo site explorer you will get a list of backlinks.

You can go directly to yahoo site explorer but Quirk is handy because of the other features it has eg it displays Page Rank, Alexa rank and mozRank.

I record my total ‘inlinks’ show at the top of the screen to see how they grow over time. You can flip through them to see where you are getting links form, and more importantly you can do the same for your competitors’ sites to see if you can obtain any of their’s.

See you in again tomorrow. My posts are scheduled for 1.00AM GMT which is 8.00PM EST.


In this post I’m going to give my reasons why I think you should not just post on blogs that don’t use the no follow attribute, or just pick the forums with high PR to make posts in.

1) No follow links do count for something – see my previous blog post

2) Sites may change from using no follow to not using it and vice versa.

3) You should have natural linking – it should not look like you only went after the best links, so do not only use links without no follow.

Also use a mixture of sites to links from blogs, forums etc and a mixture of PR.

Apart from creating a more natural mixture of links a site that is PR0 today could be much higher in the months to come.

4) Using a mixture of links is easier – you don’t have to check for no follow or PR just a mixture of quality relevant sites (at least some sites should be about a related topic to yours – another much debated point.)

Don’t forget to come back for more posts about linking.

No Follow Links

Many topics related to SEO are a matter of opinion with many people just repeating what they hear. There are times when it seems that Google is misleading people to try and prevent them from influencing the search results.

One issue that is being debated at the moment is ‘no follow’ links.


nofollow is an attribute used to instruct some search engines that a  link should not influence the link target site.


If your blog has 10 outbound links and 1 does not have no follow and the other 9 do then this 1 link did have more value than if all 10 did not use the no follow (the power was divided between the 10 outgoing links)

Google has stated that this is no longer the case – the link has the same power regardless of how many of the other links use no follow.


Some people have already said they believe no follow links are in fact counted and can pass pagerank to your site, and I expect more to agree in time.

I have found a colleague’s site had achieved PR2 in only 3 weeks and the only link from a high PR site used a no follow link. I looked at other sites linked to this site and found another had got PR2 quickly as well.

There’s going to be a lot more debate about this topic, but my next post will explain more about why you should mixed up your links and not just go for links from high PR sites without the no follow attribute.