homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.226.93.128
register, free tools, login, search, subscribe, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Subscribe to WebmasterWorld
Home / Forums Index / Google / Google SEO News and Discussion
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: Robert Charlton & aakk9999 & brotherhood of lan & goodroi

Google SEO News and Discussion Forum

    
Penguin 2.1 and "No Data Available" in WMT for Links
McMohan




msg:4617001
 6:05 am on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

One of the sites lost all ranks during Penguin 2.1. From what we know about Penguin 2.1 so far, there isn't anything in the site that doesn't conform to 2.1. However one development strikes me as a bit odd -

In WMT, under "Who Links The Most" and "Your most linked content" it says "No data available", which until the update was showing about 1100 links. Now, is Penguin 2.1 related to this bug, or is this bug responsible for drop in ranks and not Penguin 2.1?

Has this happened to anyone's Penguin 2.1 affected site?

 

Shai




msg:4617385
 3:42 pm on Oct 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Not experienced anything like this before. Do you have both the www. and non-www verified in WMT?

McMohan




msg:4617406
 4:32 pm on Oct 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Shai, in fact no! I just did. But, could it have anything to do with not verifying www and non-www? There are many sites that aren't verified for non-www and they show external links just fine.

Shai




msg:4617647
 11:22 am on Oct 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

Could well be one of the few recent Google bugs that some people have noticed. It could be that Google temporarily got confused between the two sites. I would assume it would clear up in the next day or so if not already?

lucy24




msg:4617764
 9:28 pm on Oct 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

it says "No data available"

I noticed the same thing last night while looking up something unrelated (different thread). If other people have noticed it too, you have to assume it's a computer hiccup that will get fixed in due course.

Matter of fact, didn't the Links list previously disappear just a few months ago? Came back with exactly the same garbage links :( f'rinstance, it appears that any given blogspot page has four different URLs

McMohan




msg:4617827
 5:37 am on Oct 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

@Shai, It happened when Penguin 2.1 came about and ranks/traffic was lost. Could this be a mere error or in some way related to Penguin 2.1? If it were just a glitch, wouldn't 2 weeks be too long a time for it to correct itself?

@lucy24, I remember it happening a few months ago, but during that time, this site didn't have any problem.

AlexB77




msg:4618178
 6:32 pm on Oct 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

@Shai, this has happen to me few months ago, but links were back in few days, although, I would watch out for any significant changes in traffic and conversions (if any at all).

In relation to adding both www. version and non-www version of the site to WMT, I strongly recommend to add only one version of the site, so if your site is forwarding to www version, you will only have to select your preferred version in WMT by clicking the gear icon in the top left corner and selecting site settings. Obviously, if site resolves to non-www version, you can do the same as above, but select appropriate version of your preferred domain.

If you submit both version of the site to WMT, you will start having an issue with duplicate content and that is something you really do not want to have.

Good luck!

Shai




msg:4618181
 6:48 pm on Oct 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hi Alex, Thanks for the information regarding the bug in your WMT.

With regards to adding only one site to WMT: Im afraid its not what the common consensus is and Im not sure I understand what you mean when you say having both sites on WMT can cause duplicate content> (unless you are not redirecting one to the other, but considering that's done outside the boundaries of WMT then it is irrelevant).

You should always add both as otherwise you will not be able to set the preferred domain in site settings on WMT. If you try on only one version of the site it will say:

Part of the process of setting a preferred domain is to verify that you own http://example.com/. Please verify http://example.com/.

Here is some previous discussion on the matter:
[webmasterworld.com...]

McMohan - I am assuming you have redirected one to the other? Do neither still not show any link data?

keyplyr




msg:4618302
 7:29 am on Oct 22, 2013 (gmt 0)


Well I've seen the occasional "No data available" for years; never thought anything of it. Sometimes stuff doesn't work.

McMohan




msg:4618347
 12:12 pm on Oct 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

I am assuming you have redirected one to the other? Do neither still not show any link data?


No, non-www is not 301 redirected to www. No data as yet. www is set as preferred version and Google hasn't indexed any non-www url.

Shai




msg:4618348
 12:23 pm on Oct 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

I would do the redirect anyway regardless of this problem. Also redirect index to / while you are at it.

AlexB77




msg:4618361
 1:07 pm on Oct 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

@Shai, Do you actually see any difference in traffic before/after "losing" links in WMT as well as any difference in search queries that are generally bringing you traffic? Also what do you see when you type site:yoursitedomain.com to Google Search?

McMohan




msg:4618571
 11:06 am on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Update - The data has come back! Now WMT shows data for external links. But that hasn't made any difference to ranks. So, it must have been just a bug that chosen the Penguin 2.1 update day.

Shai - I know it is a best practice to 301 non-www to www (or the other way round depending on your preferred version). There was a time when Google made a lot of errors with www and non-www, when redirecting was necessitated. I see a lot of websites without this redirect (including Matt's blog, which he doesn't want to do to prove a point), and it was Google that had to fall in line not the websites. How could doing 301 from non-www sort this kind of an issue?

Shai




msg:4618578
 12:00 pm on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

McMohan, yes you are absolutely right, there 'should' not be any reason to do this these days but when troubleshooting, you start with the basics. Especially when you are dealing with WMT which has proved to be so buggy lately. I still do the whole add both sites, redirect and set preferred domain just in case. I sleep better that way. :)

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  
 

Home / Forums Index / Google / Google SEO News and Discussion
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved