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Webmaster Tools showing 10 million less links since October with no message why

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Webmaster Tools showing 10 million less links since October with no message why LAggie 2/4/13 2:54 PM
I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 
My URL is: goo.gl/bGR7M

I've received no messages from Google about 'iffy' links, but the links they're reporting in Webmaster Tools have declined by 10 MILLION since October.  

We did go through a CMS upgrade in December which I believe had some impact, and then I set a preferred domain at the end of last month (that had never been set), but we were bleeding links long before then.

Any idea what could have happened?  We don't engage in any link building schemes whatsoever, and like I mentioned, I've received no messages at all from Google regarding a penalty.

Any guidance would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Lisa


Re: Webmaster Tools showing 10 million less links since October with no message why Ashley 2/4/13 3:52 PM
I see less than 1 million links to the site so I am not sure how just WMT is reporting 10 million less?



Google's link report in webmaster tools isn't indicative or ranking or a penalty. It's just a data set. 


Re: Webmaster Tools showing 10 million less links since October with no message why KCle 2/4/13 8:49 PM
This may be a bug.  I'm also seeing large decreases in link data across two domains in my account.  The links are still there and still live ..WMT just doesn't show them. Last week they were there. 
Re: Webmaster Tools showing 10 million less links since October with no message why JohnMu 2/5/13 4:57 AM
Hi Lisa

This looks like a bug or a temporary fluctuation with how the data is shown in Webmaster Tools. Your links are still around and being counted normally within our algorithms (at least the sample I double-checked) -- this wouldn't negatively affect your site's crawling, indexing, or ranking in our search results. I don't have a confirmation from the team yet, but we'll update here as we know more. Thanks for your patience & sorry for the confusion!

Cheers
John
Re: Webmaster Tools showing 10 million less links since October with no message why unlockboot 2/6/13 10:54 AM

Temporary working test: Just replace your link in this url: www.google__DOT__com/webmasters/tools/external-links-page-to-domain?hl=en&siteUrl=http://www.YOUR_DOMAIN_DOT_COM/&blpage=YOUR_PAGE_URL_DOT_COM

--Replace __DOT__ with .com
--Replace YOUR_DOMAIN_DOT_COM with your domain name
--Replace YOUR_PAGE_URL_DOT_COM with your page url

Good Luck!

Re: Webmaster Tools showing 10 million less links since October with no message why Customer Service3 2/12/13 6:05 AM
Hello.....
Re: Webmaster Tools showing 10 million less links since October with no message why Ashley 2/12/13 7:05 AM
Customer Service? Wow. I want some. 
What are you offering?
Re: Webmaster Tools showing 10 million less links since October with no message why VJp 2/22/13 2:25 PM
Ok, so we experienced the same thing and now the number of links came back in GWTools!
This must have been a Google Glitch.
No formal notification from Google on this - As Usual!!

Re: Webmaster Tools showing 10 million less links since October with no message why travler. 2/22/13 3:31 PM
Just this:


Glad they are back :-)