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5:27 am on Aug 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Visit webmaster tools check out your sitelinks tab. Just gives an explanation of what sitelinks are and the option to demote sitelink URL's.
4:42 pm on Aug 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Right, I noticed that too.
However, if you do a Google search with just your domain it should show any available site links.
4:44 pm on Aug 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, kinda weird.
They list the site links that you have DISABLED, but not the links that are being used. Before, you selected the site links that you wanted to DISABLE, from the list that they gave you.

Now, you must do a Google search, to find out just which site links are being shown, in order to know which ones to DISABLE. Weird.

One ponders the reason for such a "backward" change. Less functionality is now better?
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5:14 pm on Aug 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I don't see sitelinks when I search for my site anymore, I see a mega listing that takes up the entire page. Since the look of sitelinks is changing I'm guessing they removed it from GWT.
6:56 pm on Aug 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Sally Stitts wrote:
One ponders the reason for such a "backward" change. Less functionality is now better?

I think the reason is that, with the previous sitelinks, there was only one set. It looks like the new sitelinks are dependent on the page that's returned for a particular search query, so there's no single set of sitelinks for you to manage. It would probably be cumbersome and/or overwhelming to display everything at once.

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12:43 pm on Aug 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I don't really like the new layout either.

Also strange is that even though I demoted several pages since a few years from 12 sitelinks shown for my homepage 4 links are demoted/blocked links I have on my list for years.

Yes I know that google says that they don't guarantee that demoted links wont show up but 4 out of 12? Come on....
Why the hell do they offer the option if they simply don't care what I say?
6:48 pm on Aug 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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One ponders the reason for such a "backward" change. Less functionality is now better?

The current large sitelinks appear to be very dynamic. On a quickly changing site, like a large forum or a news site, I've seen article links change several times in a day. This may in part be to user response to the links that change, or it may be that this is simply a work in progress.