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A Periodic (P)review Of Leaping Forward

By: Johan

Tuesday, October 17

Microsoft's New LinkFromDomain: Search

Just stumbled on a neat bit of news on Threadwatch. Microsoft has introduced a reverse LinkDomain search called, how clever, LinkFromDomain. So where linkdomain:this_blog gives me all the domains that link TO this blog, linkfromdomain:this_blog gives me all the domains pages this blog is linking to. Or so it should...

It doesn't work for a subdomain!

LinkDomain DP Forums (note my blog 2nd result!), LinkFromDomain DP Forums not working. Drop the subdomain and it works (note the Britney link ha!).

I guess Microsoft treats subdomains as part of the domain then.

LinkFromDomain can be used to quickly check whether a site is linking to dodgy stuff like Britney Spears or blatant spam/warez etc. When you are buying ads/links, this can be especially handy. Tools to utilize this have already surfaced:

This tool takes the top 100 results and checks whether they have been banned in Google. This tool checks whether those links found with the new Microsoft LinkFromDomain search have been reciprocated. Handy to tell who's buddies with who.

Interesting: Shoemoney comments at Threadwatch Microsoft opted to show nofollow links in the results.

A quick check on the DMOZ LinkFromDomain results show no pr0n links - many will be disappointed with that I'd imagine!

Looking through my own domains I found one or two questionable entries I'll have to check out. It's a good spam/hacker detection tool in that sense, though it would be nice to see where exactly the link is!

EDIT: An MSN developer has made a tool which nearly does that. It actually let's you see which exact pages on a specific top level domain your site links to. It combines LinkFromDomain with Site like in this search showing all the Blogspot blog entries linked from DigitalPoint.com.

Enjoy playing with this!


Anonymous Abhishek Tripathi said...


Was just discussing this with the other guys on WMR! I first read it written by QuadsZilla on SEOBlackhat!

What I found is an alternative tool to this, http://www.linkvendor.com/seo-tools/outbound-links.html

For now it has worked on both domains and subdomains!

Nice blog btw,


October 30, 2006  
Anonymous Aaron Rubin said...

Saw the headline attached to one of your posts on Digitalpoint. Thanks for the headsup.

November 04, 2006  
Anonymous Sucker said...


November 30, 2006  
Blogger AddAnImage said...

I've just come to read this from the DP forum too. Interesting stuff; I'm about to check out my sites listings. Thanks.

December 08, 2006  
Blogger Bulbboy said...

Smile! You've been blog tagged. :D

December 22, 2006  

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