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Site Explorer offering up two different set of results

I have noticed that my domain is getting different "Inlinks" results

   
4:50 pm on Oct 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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My colleagues and I have noticed that when we perform a backlink query on Yahoo Site Explorer there are two distinct sets of data depending on what computer is being used to perform the query.

Thus far, we've tried the same exact query on six different CPUs and the results are split 3-3.

Mind you, the difference in the results is huge. One is showing roughly 99,000 inlinks. The other one is showing roughly 1,400,000 inlinks.

Has anyone else every seen this?

5:04 pm on Oct 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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They appear to use different datasets depending on whether you logged in or not.
5:36 pm on Oct 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yep, that did it.

Thanks for the insight.

I wonder why Yahoo would offer such wildly varying results depending on whether you're logged in or not?

5:43 pm on Oct 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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My guess would be that they want to know who gets more complete list to keep tab on automatic querying.
7:15 pm on Oct 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Sounds about right...
2:22 pm on Oct 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Props to Tristan and the DigitalGrit team for spotting this on Thursday! Since then, it's been making the rounds.
11:26 am on Oct 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It seems there is a product fix from Yahoo, with some other fixes which should be completed in the next few days.
9:46 pm on Oct 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for that. Was wondering where my millions of links went.