Google Says New Links In Webmaster Tools Are Correct & Will Grow

Jul 1, 2010 • 9:02 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

google-webmaster-central-lo.gifMonday we reported that the link reports in Google Webmaster Tools appeared to inflated.

Many users started noticing huge increases (few noticed declines) in the number of links being displayed in the link report in Google Webmaster Tools. Most thought the spikes were unbelievable and had to be a bug. Some suspected it might have to do with the new Caffeine index launch.

Well, Google finally replied telling us it is Caffeine related. JohnMu of Google said in a Google Webmaster Help thread:

Yes, we revamped the data behind the backlinks feature in Webmaster Tools -- it has started using more data from "Caffeine" for some sites and is planned to continue with a bit more data in the next week or so. The goal is to have more fresher & up-to-date data there :-).

So it seems like you can now expect a heck of a lot more data to be shown in the link reports and likely the other reports as well.

Good stuff!

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Comments:

LaurentB

07/01/2010 02:16 pm

The problem is more about links counted in GWT, but not proper for SEO (nofollow, etc.).

Michael Martinez

07/01/2010 05:35 pm

I don't think Google will ever show us which links pass value in their index but it would be nice if they did.

Emm Jay

07/01/2010 05:50 pm

I've seen quite variable reports on this one... Well, if it shows good results then why bother, otherwise you could always spend some time analyzing what went wrong and how they are really tied up to the new SE results...

Rob

07/02/2010 12:03 am

The strange thing is that in GWT the number of links shows multiple of what it was few days back, however when viewing those links only the 'old' links are listed there and the link number is suddenly back to old numbers...

matthieu

07/06/2010 09:15 am

hi, (sorry for my english) there are some strange things : Gwt "tells" you have x pages linking to this page, ok i want to see the links : Message from GWT" we have not find links to this page...

matthieu

07/06/2010 09:15 am

hi, (sorry for my english) there are some strange things : Gwt "tells" you have x pages linking to this page, ok i want to see the links : Message from GWT" we have not find links to this page...

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