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WMT New Feature - "Links to site" Information

 8:24 pm on Oct 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

Has anyone else seen the new info provided in the WMT under "links to site".....it is allot of info but definitely seems buggy?



 11:58 pm on Oct 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

I'm looking at this now, but haven't been able to understand how it works. The first entry in the list is some Chinese domain (.cn) I've never heard of, which it says has 615 links to my site. But when I click the name, I get an "unknown file type" message.

Even worse, the old lists of external links to individual pages appear to be missing.

EDIT: Correction -- The old lists of external links are still there. I Just didn't see them initially.


 8:50 am on Oct 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

I agree there are so many links.


 10:10 am on Oct 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

Oh, is this new? it does show some info which link:site.com does not show so perhaps interesting.


 11:14 am on Oct 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yes, this is something very new. Google blogged about it just yesterday, when this thread began:

The "Links to your site" feature in Webmaster Tools is now updated to show you which domains link the most to your site, in addition to other improvements. On the overview page you'll notice that there are three main sections: the domains linking most to your site, the pages on your site with the most links, and a sampling of the anchor text external sites are using when they link to your site.



 11:49 am on Oct 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

It showed some pretty rubbishy links for one of our sites and missed out a lot of quality ones we got in the last 6 months.


 5:37 pm on Oct 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

SE Roundtable has an article about the new links report [seroundtable.com], and it includes some good screenshots.


 7:45 pm on Oct 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

Interesting. The data is not very accurate (for example, it shows a large number of links on a site that I happen to know has a much smaller number of links on it), but it's still quite useful.


 9:23 pm on Oct 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

Now if they'd just add a little check box next to each site that links to you, "Disregard links from this site".

I dunno, do 44,000 links from a single ---- site help or hurt?


 11:30 pm on Oct 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yesterday, I initially thought the "internal links" and the "links from other sites" data was showing a refresh with new data, but it is actually just showing the old data sorted in a different way. The data has been very wrong for many months.

I have sites with hundreds of pages that (for the last 5 months) supposedly have many thousands or tens of thousands of internal pages linking to the root. That is not possible.

The numbers in the "internal links" reports are now more believable (in the last few days), but still not quite correct. They are now under-reported.

The list looks like there has been some new data folded in today, as the counts are going up.

As for the "links from other sites" data, there's still problems. The non-www version of the site is listed as linking to the www as if it were another site, and it is listed as if tens of thousands of links are pointing to various URLs on the www version of the site.

In reality, there are no such links, but there is a site-wide 301 redirect from non-www to www. It looks like that redirect is being misinterpreted in some way, and leading to an infinite (well many-fold more than "reality") link count being reported.

The linking data reported in WMT has been messed up for most of 2010. It reports many things that are just not possible.


 12:56 am on Oct 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

Well I don't understand this thing, cause my most linked-to site, with the most traffic says it doesn't have any link data, but it DOES list a bunch of anchor texts found in external links. I dunno how THAT works.


 7:10 am on Oct 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yes that's just one of the many obvious anomalies with the data.


 3:51 am on Oct 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

But how to know the total back links and internal links.

I have found my internal links decreased and back increases by tones and tones.

Can any one suggest me.

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