Massive Link Drops in Yahoo Site Explorer: Yahoo Working With Microsoft To Fix

Oct 21, 2010 • 6:25 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Yahoo Search Engine Optimization

There are reports at WebmasterWorld and DigitalPoint Forums that Yahoo Site Explorer has lost a huge chunk of the links reported in the tool.

Honestly, I am not sure why people are surprised. Yahoo no longer runs their own index and the links would be dropping out sooner than later. Yes, Yahoo told us the data will be migrating from Bing Webmaster Tools but it hasn't. As Yahoo's search index becomes stale, so does Site Explorer.

So what is going on?

Hemant Minocha, Product Manager, Yahoo Site Explorer said yesterday in a Yahoo Suggestion Board thread that they are working with Microsoft to bring back all the data. He said:

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.

Please note that this functionality will be available only through the Site Explorer UI and not through the Webservices API.

So according to this, Site Explorer will exist on Yahoo, but be using Microsoft link data. But the API for Site explorer will die.

Forum discussion at Yahoo Suggestion Board, WebmasterWorld and DigitalPoint Forums.

We have an update over here.

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10/21/2010 10:52 am

Bing doesn't know as much links as Yahoo, because bingbot is busy terrorizing a few servers instead of crawling in the wild. ;-)

M. Herman

10/21/2010 04:57 pm

Yeah, I'm seeing anywhere between a 40-80% drop in backlink totals.

Andrew D

10/22/2010 03:10 am

Funny, this is what I was looking for... At least I am not the only one seeing it.. Some of my clients are dropping 500 links a day for the past few days according to Site Explorer... At least it is everyone :)

Mirna Bard

10/23/2010 11:03 am

This is a great tandem. Microsoft alongside Yahoo. This is interesting. This is the start of something special and a challenge to google. But this massive link drops should be fixed first.

Gary Young

10/23/2010 10:00 pm

The backlink loss count of this scale is NOT normal! Don't let anybody kid you thinking it is. Sure backlinks are often vary but to this scale and extent. I reckon, the problem is due to Yahoo and Bing merger. I suspect they are keeping quiet about it because it is unexpected and haven't sorted out a fix yet. If it is not fixed soon, we will all have to figure another way of reliably working out our backlink count.

Aaron Kocourek

10/24/2010 10:42 am

Can anyone recommend a decent alternative to Yahoo site explorer? I compared both majestic seo and seomoz's backlink checkers and none are reporting correctly. Yahoo Site Explorer reports many more backlinks than both of these solutions. Any recommendations?

Gary Young

10/26/2010 01:09 am

I found a more reliable tool to Yahoo site Explorer. It is much more superior - SEOSpyGlass Just as I was playing around with it I noticed that Yahoo has restored its link count. So the 6 day famine is over!!!

Andre Savoie

10/28/2010 05:19 pm

I have a different theory about where the links went. Is it possible that Google's May update causing pages to fall out of the index is perhaps contributing to the decreasing number of links showing up in tools like Site Explorer? Just a thought as I haven't seen my link counts bounce back up yet...


11/19/2010 09:12 am

Ok has any1 noticed that site explorer is not working again, went on late last nite and was missing like 6000 backlinks, and the same with all other websites. Im sick of yahoo doing this to us all :(

Nigel Owen

01/20/2011 12:42 pm

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01/21/2011 03:03 pm

As far as I am concerned this is a massive problem. I have also tried the other link checkers and the results vary wildly. For some sites, it corresponds more or less to Yahoo, for other sites the results are way off. It is my biggest fear that this information will just completely disappear - first Google, then Microsoft/Bing and now Yahoo - in the end none of them will show this info since they all know that we use it to measure competition and our own site progress and leads to the dreaded disease of link building, link selling and link manipulation. Without this info though I am really going to feel blind.


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