Incorrect Google Incoming Links?

2 11 2008

Google links are a very handy tool for becoming aware who links to you. You can also use Technorati for this purpose, but these sources overlap: some links are unique for Google Links and others for Technorati.
Google Links alert me to blogs and reactions to my posts I would have missed otherwise. I wouldn’t have known for instance that my blog had been reviewed in the Gazette (see post “Laikas-little-party”). Often this leads to a mutually follow (via an alert).

Google links are the incoming links seen at the Dashboard and the blog Stats Page of WordPress Blogs (I don’t know if they are an automatic feature in other blog types as well).

Correct Incoming Links at Dashboard

These are only the most recent links. To see them all, you have to click at “See All” at the Incoming Links at your stats page (“More” at your dashboard page).

For those not having WordPress, you can also perform a Google link search yourself. Go to Google BlogSearch and type: link:your web address, in my case link:https://laikaspoetnik.wordpress.com/

Alternatively you can make a Google Alert at google.com/alerts.

It is also possible to take a RSS feed to Google Links by simply clicking the RSS-symbol at Incoming Links at the WordPress or by taking an RSS feed to the link you created yourselves in Google Blog Search

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Since 2 weeks, approximately at the same time my Technorati Authority made a free fall from 46 to 5, some Incoming (Google) Links were lost. In addition, the links showing up were different:

  1. Incoming Links at WordPress, showing correct links.
  2. Incoming Links at WordPress, referring to all blogpost mentioning your website in their sidebar. The same links show up at Google Blog search. Most of these links are temporary.
  3. Cumulative results in Google Reader (all results, whether correct or incorrect, temporary or not).

Incorrect Links showing at WordPress's dashboard (after refreshing, confer Figure above)

This seems a mutual problem. There was a Google link at my blog to this post of Biomedicine on Display (see Figures), as well as a link to my blog at their blogroll, whereas neither blog had a recent post referring to the other…..

Wrong link to Laika's MedLibLog at Biomedicine at Display

Surely this is not what Google links are meant for. I don’t want alI posts of a certain blog showing up. I already have all kinds of alerts to the blogs I like. (Google Reader, Technorati, Twitter).

This makes me wonder:

  • Do you see similar incoming links that don’t really link to your post?
  • What causes these “wrong links”?
  • Why does WordPress show different results upon refreshing (the address, link:http etc remaining the same)
  • Has this anything to do with the Technorati problems?
  • Does anyone know to whom (at Google and/or WordPress) I should report these artifacts?





Co-comment faster than light?

1 10 2008

Just a very short note on something I stumbled upon in co-comment.

As I wrote previousy (in Dutch) I use co-comment to keep track of my comments, comments to interesting items and comments to posts of my favorites.

Today I got a red envelope in my Firefox toolbar notifying me there was a new comment.

Looking at co-comment I saw my comment of 43 min ago at PIMM, Partial Immortalization. However when I took a look at his site the comment was still awaiting moderation.

I noticed this before when some-one else (Wowter) posted a comment at my site: that comment already showed up at my co-comment before I even read it, let alone approved it!

This is kind of odd: what is moderation worth if the the comment is already made public elsewhere?

Is this one of the reasons that there are so many double or triple entries of the same comment in Co-comment, one after placing the comment, the copies after approval or editing??

What about spam-comments?