Looking into my links as per Google WMT.
This post is just about the possible effects on my site of incoming links. There may be 5 or 6 links I have "arranged to get" in 13 years, all back in 2003/4
I just took a few minutes to down load the, Incoming Links and Links Discovered by Date tables for my site from Google WMT.
The "More Sample Links" I didn't download (probably should have looked at those too.)
I haven't sorted out yet how many of these links/domains are actually relevant to my site and how many are "spam" so to speak. But it's pretty obvious a good % are spammy.
The total links count was something like 53,000
The incoming links table showed 1,000 domains and how many links come from each, (I guess that's the limit for that table). I guess this is by the domain name where the link(s) reside.
The big dog in this group sends 35,901 links. It is a relevant site and I guess most of those links are from a site wide links list on their pages. A few links from that site appear to be from some of their members comments in their forum.
A couple other sites send 5/6,000 links each, <removed example> is one of those. One sends all links to my home page, the other sends links to 644 of my pages.
The "Discovered by Date" table listed something like 13,000 links going all the way back to 2004. Lots of multiples domain listings here. Some domains seem to have posted a ton of links all at once, or at least they were all discovered in one shot.
Other domains are listed for several different dates, some covering long spans of time.
So, what to do, if anything?
Traffic wise the site is hurting big time across all search engines.
But this post is just about the possible effects of the incoming links.
Any comments would be appreciated.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 2:56 am (utc) on Aug 16, 2013]
[edit reason] removed exemplified sitename [/edit]