I'm just wondering if anybody else is having this same problem with Google Webmaster tools in regards to backlinks...
I am one of those poor innocent webmasters who has had a website for the past 10 years with all original/unique content and has had excellent position on hundreds of key phrases for years until April 2011 hit. The evil Panda changed everything. I have so many "issues" with this Panda update. For now I will only focus on one:
Google Webmaster Tool Backlinks. I have watched my backlinks in GWT come and go since they first implemented the feature of showing backlinks. However since April hit my backlinks (at least what GWT is showing) have virtually dwindled down to about 10 when I had and still do according to other backlinking tools have 1,000's of backlinks. Normally when there would be a big drop like this, eventually all the backlinks would show up again after a few weeks. But they have left for good it seems.
Here is the huge problem I have and what is making no sense and is very frustrating. Out of the 1,000ís of backlinks I have I would say at least 200 of those are very good quality backlinks. Solid! Exactly what google Panda wants to see in a backlink. However, the wimpy 10 backlinks that GWT is showing are the worst backlinks in the bunch! Really, they are picking up backlinks from the worst possible sites. It makes no sense at all.
One thing I have also noticed since redesigning and cleaning up my site since Panda hit is scraper sites are killing me. I had no idea how many sites out there were copying my content and placing it on their blogs/websites. I have spent the past 5 months trying to clean up this mess. However, all that said. I still have 100ís of solid backlinks GWT is refusing to see.
Does anyone have any insight on this?
I'm trying my best to ignore any backlink information shown in GWT tools and just go with the fact that Google is seeing the backlinks that I have even though GWT refuses to show them. I'm thinking GWT is no just horrible at showing backlinks since the Panda update.
Thanks for any help with this.