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GSC is reporting about 40K links from a domain but we can't find the links.

8:18 pm on Aug 13, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Google Search Console is reporting that we have about 40,000 links coming from one domain. The site linking to ours is a forum site that we have a profile of our doctor on but we should not have nearly that many links. It's also reporting some anchor text that is no way related to our practice.

When I go into these 40K links, I see that they all say it's "Via this intermediate link:". ALL of those links have the word "tracked" in the URL but it's not a URL of our site, it's another URL to the forum (and it doesn't redirect to our site). I have reached out to the forum and they have no idea what I'm talking about since they can't see a link to our website on these 40K pages either.

No other backlink tools are finding these links but every week Google is reporting finding more and more. I reported this to Google a few weeks ago but no changes.

I'm not convinced this is causing any SEO issues but I do want it cleared up to be sure.

Anyone seen anything similar? Were you able to fix it?
10:53 pm on Aug 13, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Hi lduggan,

"tracked" is one of the many ways that analytics software can track where visitors go if they leave a site. The CMS inserts that attribute automatically when a link is added to a page. This is common and nothing to worry about.

I wouldn't worry either about GSC counting it as an incoming link; it actually is. Google knows how to handle it.

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