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Problem with new directory backlinks not showing in Webmaster tools

8:36 am on Dec 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,
At the beginning of December I have started to do my backlink building for my site and so far I have submitted more than 250 links with 50+ approved from various PR5+ directories.
None of them (or maybe just one or two) are showing in the back link checker of webmaster tool.
Only some 25 links are present there, but they are from sites I have submitted to long time ago.
After I started to do SEO systematically at the beginning of December, some of the directories approved my site already three weeks ago.
I realized one week ago that I did not fetch my site in Google so I fetched it and then I submitted it to index.
When I submitted it, at first I submit it as URL of home page and I get an error, then I submit it again and I get and OK message. I submit it again with home page and all related links and I get error then I submit it again for home page and all related pages and I get OK
I did this process a few times and now everything seems OK.
My site is in Webmaster tools with www. and all my links are for the www. site
Still, as for this morning, I still see the same 25 links I always had.
None of the links approved already three weeks ago is showing
Why is this?
Can be Google Webmaster tools three weeks late, may it be because I fetched my site in Google properly only one week ago or so or is there any other issue?
I have personally checked the links submitted and they should be do-follow (most of them) and they are working
1:53 pm on Dec 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hello gigibagigi72 and welcome to WebmasterWorld!

For Google Webmaster Tools (WMT) to show the backlinks to your site, it must crawl the page on the site where this backlink is, and then it has to update WMT. Therefore, it is not your page Google has to fetch, it is the page on which the link is that Google needs to fetch - and unfortunately you cannot do the Fetch and Submit to index" for the site that is not yours.

It is also worth remembering that WMT is showing only "sample" of your inbound links, therefore some backlinks which Google knows about may not be shown. On top of this, WMT is always a bit late with updating the data and sometimes a bit buggy.

If you want to check whether Google saw these links, then check the Google cache of this directory page and see if your link is there. If the link is not on the cached copy, Google may not have recrawled the directory page and might not have seen your link had been added there.

Also check whether links are nofollow - even if the links are on the page and the page is cached, they may not count if the link has "nofollow" attribute or if the directory page has "nofollow" robots directive.

I hope you are careful in chosing the anchor text when you are adding your site to various directories - you do not want to risk being hit with unnatural links penalty.
4:25 pm on Dec 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

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If these are low quality free directories, placed on dropped domains with pagerank, the links may never show in Google. The free and easy part may have worked a few years back, but I would only focus on really good quality directories. PR does not equal quality either.