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Determining Your Web Site's Popularity

This Web pages describes how to determine your site popularity (the amount of links pointing to your Web pages) from two sources:

  • Web sites which have links to your Web pages
  • Confirming Whether Your Web site is in a Search Engine's Index

Web Sites Which Have Links to Your Web Pages

You may also want to review all the Web sites which have links to your Web pages. Having more sites linking to your site gives you higher ratings in search engines. Try one of the following sites to see this:

  1. Alta Vista - you can enter the URL of one of your Web pages to see how many Web pages point to your Web page, by entering a query with the following format:
     
    Query Format: link:<Your URL>
    Example: link:www.fertilityclinic.com, would display all the pages that point to fertilityclinic.com's home page. 
      
  2. Google - enter a query with the following format:
     
    Query Format: link:<Your URL>
    Example: link:www.fertilityclinic.com, would display all the pages that point to fertilityclinic.com's  home page.
      
  3. MarketPosition Link Popularity search - This service will quickly compare your link popularity across four major search engines (Alta Vista, Infoseek, Lycos, and HotBot).  It will also compare your site to up to three other Web sites that you designate.  This is a handy feature to see how you stack up against your competition. It's also great to find out who is linking to you.
      

  4. JimTools.com - The Home Page has a link to Position Tool.  Position Tool allows you to see how your site or pages are listed in search engines.  If you enter your URL for your  home page, be sure to add all the variations of the URL, such as www.clinic.com and www.clinic.com/index.html
     

  5. Measuring Link Popularity - a SearchEngineWatch.com article that contains helpful information

Confirming Whether Your Web site is in a Search Engine's Index

You can confirm whether your Web site is in a search engine's index.

  1. Alta Vista: You can try three options:
    • Keyword Format: host:<Domain Name>
      Action: looks for all Web pages at a particular Web site.  For example, host:harvard.edu matches all pages from the Harvard web site. 
      Example: host:harvard.edu
        
    • Keyword Format: url:<Domain Name with subdirectory>
      Action: works similar to the Host keyword above, but lets you specify more of the Web address. For example, 
      Example: url:memory.loc.gov/ammem, would look for all Web pages at the domain memory.loc.gov in the directory called /ammem.
        
    • Keyword Format: link:<Domain name or a complete URL>
      Action: returns every Web page that has a hypertext link to a particular site, directory, or page.
      Example: link:altavista.com

      To exclude internal links, use a query like this:
      link:smarterkids.com AND NOT host:smarterkids.com

  2. Checking Your URL - a SearchEngineWatch.com article that contains helpful information

  


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