JoeHouse - 9:56 pm on Aug 4, 2010 (gmt 0)
Google Webmaster Tools is reporting that I have over 400,000 inbound backlinks, this is impossible! I actually have around 1600. I did a manual check on another search engine and used a couple of other popular tools and they all agree with my accessment of approximately 1600 (give or take a few) backlinks not 400k.
I have heard from a friend that same thing shows up in his link count in webmaster tools saying he has thousands more than he really does.
Is there a glitche with the Google webmaster tool?
First question is has anybody else in this forum experience inflated links counts within webmaster tools?
Also can this inadvertenly trigger a minus -60 Google Penalty based on what webmaster tool says and not what I actually have?
I ask because I suffered this penalty about a week back and I am trying to figure out what may have caused this?