JoeHouse - 1:14 pm on Aug 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
That's a good point, however we checked Google WMT about 30 days ago and it said that we had 989 total inbound links. When I checked yesterday it said I had over 400,000 inbound links.
I have checked around on google groups and other google forums and there appears to be an epidemic of webmasters claiming inflated reporting using the WMT link report.
Speaking with a gentleman in a google forum he believes he suffered a Google penalty from these inflated reports, and this is the situation I am in too!
I am not saying this is the reason for our penalty but during the time we checked our links last month to today's link totals reported on WMT we were hit with a penalty. Coincidence, maybe but others have seen and experience the same results as I have.
What this tool is saying is that I have 250 times what I really have. When I check other well know manually tools they are in line with what I really have.
So I wonder how many people may have been affected by this in a negative way....meaning, rankings, traffic and penalty.