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Why does Google display results that say: "These terms only appear in links pointing to this page" instead of just directly telling me where those links are?

Asked by Kraigmo (8598points) February 27th, 2011

Anyone who has used Google a lot occasionally comes across the following statement:

These terms only appear in links pointing to this page:

For example, go to this Google page here and notice how at the top, the word “eigenharp” is a search term, but Google says the term only appears in links pointing to that page. But Google does not say where or what those links are.

Why? And is there a way to make Google say what the links are?

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I read somewhere that it could be that those other pages are actually past, cached pages of the current one you’re now looking at. So there aren’t actually other links, just previous (no longer viewable) versions of the page you’ve found.
You’re still given the link to the current page in case the site still has the information, but has changed the wording slightly to exclude that/those particular search term(s).

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