arohan - 12:38 am on Feb 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
I run a Wordpress site and there is something I observed which may (or may not) be related to links disappearing from WMT
For the last 2 days, on the Wordpress dashboard where it shows links coming from other blogs, it couldn't find a single link to display. Wordpress uses Google blog search to show these links.
Today these links are back showing. Interestingly it is only showing me links from 1 site in the 10 or so links Wordpress shows in the dashboard.
Not sure if other Wordpress site owners saw something similar. Can anyone confirm?
Looks to me that the WMT "bug" may be much more than a simple display bug. I have seen similar WMT link under reporting and also Google blog search failing to find links in the past. However I did not track these then and cannot say they are correlated or if they coincided with any of the major Google updates.
Like someone remarked earlier, they might be rebuilding their link graphs in preparation for a major update (Penguin?). Maybe WMT reports and a few other 'less essential' services are run off a redundant database which they are now working with and will do a switch over when the update rolls out. It is a speculation sure, but it is hard to believe the WMT issue is not fixed for days after Google admitted knowing about the issue.