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Massive drop in Yahoo Site Explorer link count?

sudden @ 50% drop in YSE link count across the board?

     
6:39 am on Oct 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone noticed massive drop in yahoo site explorer link count in the last couple of days?

The links count seems to have fallen by about 50% across the board and some of the sites have lost as many as 18K links in a day.

I hope this is just a temp glitch..

Anyone else noticing such sudden YSE link count drop?
7:32 am on Oct 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes, all of the sites I'm tracking did this. One lost close to 85% of its links, most lost between 30 and 50%.
3:04 pm on Oct 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Same here. 25 - 75 % losses
3:50 pm on Oct 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Try the "linkdomain:" query on Yahoo Australia [au.search.yahoo.com]. Do it like this:

linkdomain:example.com -site:example.com


Still showing less backlinks?
4:48 pm on Oct 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Still showing less backlinks?


Yes, exactly the same results for the sites I follow: 25-75% drop
6:16 pm on Oct 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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As Barry blogged at seroundtable; here's the reply from Hemant Minocha - Product Manager, Y! Site Explorer

"
We are working with the Microsoft team to ensure that webmasters can continue to use Yahoo! Site Explorer to view inlinks (a.k.a backlinks) to a given webpage or a website and to further be able to export them as CSV if desired. "

[suggestions.yahoo.com...]
12:23 pm on Oct 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hello members,

Even I have faced same problem. Massive drop in yahoo site explorer link count.

Can anyone help?
3:09 pm on Oct 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Maybe they switched to Microsoft's link data.
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My site also showing 40% less links....i tried other backlink checkers , all showing same amount
1:54 pm on Oct 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

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vanessa fox blogged about a "conversation with Yahoo" regarding this.

http://searchengineland.com/yahoo-site-explorer-whats-the-status-of-the-link-data-53551 [searchengineland.com]:
“Yahoo! is investigating this report and will work to resolve it quickly if an issue is found, however it is unrelated to the longer term question we previously addressed regarding future support for backlinks.”
2:19 am on Oct 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Everything seems to have gone back to normal now.