Link Checking at Live Search Has Been Disabled

Webmasters observed earlier this week that the link: command at Live search was delivering either a blank page (my experience) or an error. It is not just broken. The link:, linkdomain: and inurl: commands have in fact recently been disabled at Live Search. Eytan Seidman, Lead Program Manager at Live Search notes:

For those of you who use some of the advanced query syntax in our search engine such as link:, linkdomain: and inurl:, you may have noticed that this functionality has been recently turned off. We have been seeing broad use of these features by legitimate users but unfortunately also what appears to be mass automated usage.

The post also notes that Live Search is looking for a way to make it possible for legitimate queries to be made. So, look for further announcements down the road.

About the author

Amanda Watlington is the owner of Searching for Profit, a search marketing consultancy focusing on the interaction of the consumer with businesses using search engines, RSS, blogs, podcasting or other new media to deliver their message. She is a frequent speaker at Search Engine Strategies, WebmasterWorld and other industry conferences. She's the author of three books and has written feature articles for over thirty magazines and journals. She has twenty years of experience as a communications, sales and business strategy consultant, and over ten years as a search marketer.