Microsoft Link Command Comes Back to Life After 8 Months

Nov 12, 2007 • 12:22 pm | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Bing Search

A Sphinn and WebmasterWorld thread report that you can now use the link commands at again.

The syntax appears to be slightly different as Karen Blakeman notes. For a link command, you need to use and for a linkdomain command, you need to use Here is an example link domain command for this site:

Search For: and you should see results, if not, I have taken a screen capture to prove it.

Microsoft first pulled the link command features back in March of this year, and then told us it was because mass automated usage. It is because of that, it remained off for so long. But just last week I posted screen captures of the new Live Search Webmaster Portal which is suppose to give webmasters access to that data. Unfortunately, it did not give enough access to that data. So maybe this new command is the way they enable some webmasters to see this linkage data?

I have a feeling Microsoft will pull this command soon after they find the SEO and webmaster community using it rapidly.

Forum discussion at Sphinn and WebmasterWorld.

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11/12/2007 08:08 pm

They started allowing backlinks checking again, but few people knew to put the "+" just before the link operator. They now realize that it helps them get more search shares and when people click on any of the backlinks that show up - they are in a sense searching. MSN is better for checking backlinks with the NOFOLLOW tag - so it will bring more results than Yahoo.


01/08/2008 06:15 am

The Query has blocked again and live/msn is not showing backlinks. SEOZ87 aka H VASCO

SEO Junkie

01/23/2008 07:36 pm

I just happened to check backlinks for a site in Live and yes it has blocked the command again. Now this is really both embarrassing for a big firm like MS and irritating for a webmaster or SEO. :(


08/13/2010 02:59 am

hi, I just did this for one of my clients site but the results were pathatic,i have more than 30k link on Yahoo explorer and bing shows just 5 :( Any update on bing link command?


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