Google Blog Search Link Command Now Scanning Blogroll Links

Nov 5, 2008 • 7:53 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Every week day, I put together, what I call the Daily Link Find on my personal blog. It basically is a summary of links to my blog posts I find for the day. I find most, if not all, the links via Google Blog Search, using the link command.

For me, I use while in Google Blog Search. I limit it to the past 24 hours and then scan the real articles that wrote stories linking to my sites.

The thing is, Google changed the behavior of how this link command works about a week ago. In the past, it would only show me links that were found within the body of the content. I assume it just looked at the RSS feed data and not the blog itself. Now, Google is showing me new content they found with links to my site, but from anywhere on the site, including the blogroll. This is an issue for me, because a large number of sites write stories daily but also have me on their blog roll. This means that although they are not linking to me, or referencing me, in their blog post, it still comes up in Google Blog Search. This causes a headache and a lot of wasted time on my behalf weeding out the true references from the plain and simple links from blogrolls.

Did anyone else notice this significant change?

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