lucy24 - 9:24 pm on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Is anyone seeing that a lot of the links they have left just link to their site ONE time?
In my case I can pretty well count on my fingers the places that link to me more than twice ;) but yup, everything >2 is gone. Along with almost everything <= 2. (Still at eight. EIGHT.)
A particularly interesting detail:
My art studio's site-- which hardly had any links in the first place-- now shows nothing except the two links from my main site. But the one link in the other direction, from the studio back to me, is gone. (They're legitimate links: I hesitated about putting them in since both sites are mine, but in context it would have been more unnatural not to include them.)
My impression was always that "links to your site", like "content keywords", is purely a WMT function. If you don't use wmt, the lists don't exist. So the departure of all those listed links doesn't by itself tell you anything.
The above paragraph prompted me to take a quick look at the Keywords list* to see if anything weird was happening there. Doesn't seem to be any change.
* I stopped checking this list after I put the Paston letters online, because the texts are so much fatter than everything else that they've simply muscled out the rest of the site. Google clearly is not set up for Late Middle English.
John Paston the elder had two sons, both named John. I don't mean he recycled the name after the first one died. I mean concurrently: both lived to adulthood. It is therefore no surprise that the first two entries on my keyword list are "John" and "Paston" with three spellings apiece.