I have been in a bit of a panic the last day while patiently waiting to post a message well here it goes. I have been reading much about a Google update being in progress and from what I see I would save this does appear to be the case but my site's issue is with back links. When searching for backlinks in Google there are ZERO results and wanted to check to see if anyone else is having this issue.
The odd thing about the zero results as well is that when I check backlinks with the many SEO tools out there most of the sites list my backlink number (27,500) which makes me wonder if this is an isolated incident but I have tried from multiple IPs (in different cities) in Google directly and continue to get the same issue. Please help! Any information would be much appreciated.
Speaking of the subdomains when checking backlinks for them out of a total of 3 subdomains only 2 of them have backlinks each with one and that sole link being from one of the subdomains on the stie.
Now all other search engines (MSN, Yahoo, etc.) have backlinks to the site.
Some background information that may help. We recently changed the domain name over to be site.com/home and have since been building back links to the new domain while having the old domain (site.com) coded with a 301 redirect via press releases, directory submissions, social bookmarking sites, & link exchanges with the creation of a links page(unfortunately :) ). Now our site gets crawled roughly every 4/5 days so clearly the redirect has been noted by Google so I doubt the redirect would be the issue.
However, we recently went live with a good old Google Sitemap for the main domain. We had the subdomains with sitemaps submitted to Google for about a month or so. Now since Google Sitemap does not currently support sitemaps in sub-folders like ours we figured creating one for the main domain (site.com) with a 301 Redirect would be okay - could this have created anything negative in the eyes of the Google Gods?
Now if your still reading now I am sure you are somewhat intrigued and hopefully having some sort of an answer (wishful thinking, i know). Also, if this is something not caused by the G Update, does anyone have any other ideas? as well as the best method to contact Google about this issue.
Thank you very much!