The "link:" Query
to use the "link:" query when searching for potential candidates.
The tool works best in AltaVista
or HotBot. It shows you all
(or most) of the sites that have links pointed at a particular URL.
the query link:http://wwww.cisco.com
(on AltaVista) or search
for links to this URL (on HotBot) produce long lists of the
links that point to Cisco's home page.
are a number of links to a web site called www.employees.org
which is web space for employees and contractors at Cisco.
the same thing scattered around the web for many companies.
query is also useful for gaining a grasp of the traffic patterns
at a competitor's site. Since most traffic comes from links, a look
at a sites link infrastructure should offer you a clear understanding
of the forces that bring visitors to a site.
to note that the two queries for Cisco produce wildly different
results. AltaVista lists about 20,000 links pointing to Cisco while
HotBot lists over 55,000. The differences between these two services
are growing every day.
Operators Here's a quick review of the most common "Boolean"
||Recruiter OR Headhunter
||Database - Administrator
(It means find all Databases but not Database Administrator)
||Database AND NOT Administrator
||Database NOT Administrator
||Database BUT NOT Administrator
||Database NEAR Administrator
(search sites that use this command will allow you to search
for the words Database and Administrator within 10, 20 or 100
words of each other)
||Database NEAR/10 Administrator
||run* (this will find all
variations of the word from run, runs, running, etc. Some search
engines work more smoothly if you use a wildcard for each letter.)
||Database AND Administrator