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I recently received yet another 'please help' mail from a guy called Ian who runs an adventure organization in Tanzania ( ). Ian was concerned about the effect of the number of dilemmas including indexing and link dampening, and was desperate for help. Unfortunately, he had read some pretty misleading articles in the past, so he'd a somewhat mixed-up comprehension of the facets at play. Discover further on our related essay - Click here: small blue arrow. Because I believe he's not alone in his concern and distress, I made a decision to submit the details of our conversation. For different interpretations, consider taking a look at: How Seo And Search Engines Come Together | App's Tube.

Ian's e-mail contains a few issues. I've shown each independently below, accompanied by my response.

Q: When I look for the amount of backlinks to my website using '', I see only 23 results. It seems that only 23 of our backlinks have survived Google's dampening link filter. Can there be a time delay before they are awarded to a site? '

A: Firstly, I think you might have the dampening link filter only a little puzzled. In line with the dampening link filter idea, your links are located and acquiesced by Google, you simply don't obtain the full benefit from them until certain time frame has passed. The dampening link filter (if it exists) doesn't stop links from appearing in Google's benefits whenever 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 things like the dampening link filter. For a start, it's definately not proven / accepted fact. Several well regarded SEO professionals don't rely on it at all. More over, even when it does occur, it only affects those businesses using the budget to generate the large numbers (hundreds or thousands possibly) of links reputedly required to induce it. If your quantity of backlinks suddenly increases by 2-0, that is not a problem.

And secondly, do not think anything Google lets you know. By trying to find '', you generally only visit a small proportion of real links to your site. The best way to search for links would be to search for just the URL '', then on-the page that displays next, select 'Find web pages that contain the word '' .' When you do it in this way, you'll see most of the pages that contain your URL. Generally, the URL is likely to be an active link (or at the very least it should be, and you should keep these things make it so). Once you try this research, you'll note that your site has about 169 links, maybe not 2-3.

Q: Still another question is approximately indexed pages (using I am aware it is a report of pages that have been changed. I'd 32, it went down to 28 and it's down to 26 now this morning. Do they only keep the pages for monthly or is there more towards the pages than I realized?

A: The number of indexed pages is merely the number of pages in your website that Google 'knows about.' Theoretically, the only real time age a page comes into play is if the page is also young*, i.e. Google spiders have not visited it yet, or Google has not updated its catalog. Why the number of indexed pages is reducing, I imagine it is just a temporary change. The number of results in Google's searches differs pretty much constantly. Get more on our favorite related link by visiting home page.

*Actually, formally speaking, it has been suggested that Google is not capable of indexing all 11.5 billion pages currently thought to be online (and the 10 million more that are added every day), and that as it indexes new pages, old pages are forced out of the list. If you need to discover extra resources about linklicious pro account, there are tons of online libraries people might consider pursuing. (This is a really rough description of the theory - if it's happening at all, it's likely to be much more difficult than this.) If this is happening, it might explain why the reported number of indexed pages is reducing. While I think it is a long-shot, a good way to take care of it is to maintain high quality content, to keep increasing it, to keep generating backlinks, and to build a Google sitemap. To find out more about sitemaps, head to To down load a free - and invaluable - tool for generating a sitemap, visit

I know there's a lot of confusion surrounding these issues, so I hope you have found this trade beneficial.

Happy indexing!.
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