Use Google’s Search Console Tool to See Your Backlinks
Who Has Linked to Your Site?
It’s pretty easy to determine all of the websites that are linking to you. You can choose between one of two ways: search your URL or use your account at Google’s Search Console.
1. Link: Operator
To find a “sampling” of links to your website, you can simply do a Google search using the link: operator.
For example, a Google search for link:www.PlayGooglesGame.com will list a selection of the web pages that have links pointing to our website.
Google says: “Note there can be no space between the ‘link:’ and the web page URL.”
Since Google recommends the “no space” option, it’s possible that Google has only associated the backlinks that show up under the “no space” option. In our experience that option shows the least results and more closely resembles what shows up in the Search Console.
We find different results using the link: operator all three of the following ways; you should try all three:
1. No Space
2. With a Space
3. Just search your domain name .com: keynamics.com
The Link: operator mentioned above might only supply a sampling of websites that link back to you.
2. Use Google’s Search Console
You’ll need to be signed in to use the two links below.
For a more details click here to use the Google Search Console.
The Links to Your Site report lists links that Googlebot discovered during its crawling and indexing process, as well as the most common link sources and the pages on your site with the most links. In addition, you can also see the most common anchor text found by Google.
On your Search Console, on the left side click “Search Traffic –> Links to Your Site”.
The Search Console tool is free, and at the present time you only need to have a Google account to log in. If Google decides to go the same route it did with their Keyword Tool, then we expect that you will eventually need an AdWords account to access the Search Console too.
You’ll learn more about the Google Keyword tool (re-named Keyword Planner) in the next chapter. To use the Keyword Planner, they make you sign up for an AdWords account. You don’t have to actually buy anything— for now anyway…
How to Set Up the Google Search Console
For a link to the Search Console to check links click here: