Links Increase In Google Webmaster Tools

Oct 10, 2011 • 8:38 am | comments (21) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

There are many webmasters reporting a huge increase in the number of links reported within Google Webmaster Tools, "links to this site" report.

There are reports at WebmasterWorld and Google Webmaster Help with webmasters asking why.

Here is a screen shot of this site's links, showing a screen shot from November 2010 till now:

Google Links Increase

I rarely look at my link counts, so I am glad I captured a screen shot back in November.

Did you see a massive increase in the number of links reported by Google Webmaster Tools?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld and Google Webmaster Help.

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Avi Buchbinder

10/10/2011 01:02 pm

I saw a huge increase (+100%) in most of my websites

André Scholten

10/10/2011 01:16 pm

From about 22k to 45k, and also from a lot of new sites I never saw before (in GWT).

Nauman Lodhi

10/10/2011 01:36 pm

how to check this thinf for my blog: ?

Nick Stamoulis

10/10/2011 02:10 pm

Haven't checked yet, but I'll definitely put it on my to-do list for today. I've found that Google Webmaster tools is usually the most accurate way to run a link audit, but I wonder why so many sites are seeing such a massive jump. How does Google miss 3 million links?


10/10/2011 02:30 pm

They have also added the ability to download ALL of your backlinks as a CSV, before it was just a selected few thousand


10/10/2011 02:38 pm

If you don't have webmaster tools yet, you can't


10/10/2011 02:43 pm

I also saw a huge increase, but most of them seem to be from very low-quality scraper-type sites, so it's odd that Google is suddenly finding/counting these things since they're trying so hard to reduce spam and low-quality search results nowadays. I don't know if I would expect this bump to last.

Michael Martinez

10/10/2011 03:51 pm

But their data isn't even correct.  Still.  *yawn*

Pedro Matias

10/10/2011 09:34 pm

Me to, I have a feeling there's a new feature coming around this. I could of course be wrong!

Nitesh Ahir

10/11/2011 08:21 am

Hey, I have been looking the same problem in my webmaster is been shown near by 8k & now its near by 25k links & totally obl links... but my old links is not been seen in google webmaster I have one more question about the google is indexing & crawling my website links but not showing links in google webmaster tool what could be the problem? links are crawled & indexed but not showing as well as few of links is been deleted from the google webmaster tool after consider in google webmaster. can any one explain about this...? Thank you in advance. Nitesh Ahir


10/11/2011 08:41 am

From 16 million to 25 million. Yet to determine where they are added in the report, or why they weren't reported on previously


10/11/2011 11:09 am

I have been noticing as well that the number of links registering in webmaster tools is starting to increase. Personally I like the types of links that are starting to show up.

SEO New York

10/11/2011 11:19 am

This is a great update, this may effect the rankings for any sites if we see it logically.... and even this should be a part of PANDA and finally I guess this should have reflected on the rankings even, but I guess rankings didn't had any up and down.....

Rob Abdul

10/11/2011 01:21 pm

WOW Barry forget the links increase you have 2.9 million links to your site!  That's awesome, a huge testament to the team at

Barry Schwartz

10/11/2011 01:24 pm

That is 5.2 million. ;-) Just an old blog. :)

Nick Ker

10/11/2011 03:13 pm

I thought something seemed odd. Not sure of my total link counts, but number of domains linking jumped by about 6 times what it was a day or two ago. Obviously I am not going to check them all, but many seem to be scrapers, and a lot of yellow pages style sites with various town names that probably scraped "official" yellow pages listings. Hope they count for something and not just take up space in the list.  I also noticed that Yahoo Site Explorer is not showing most of these, when usually it seems to show more than webmaster tools. Hmmm. 


10/12/2011 06:42 am

I've experienced a huge increase (>100%) on all my sites, and this is really good news. It's nice to finally see many of the sites that I know should be there but weren't. If only we could now have a graph of search page impressions and clicks as in Bing webmaster tools....


11/15/2011 02:41 pm

WOW Barry forget the links increase you have 2.9 million links to your website! Wish I too get Some.. :) 


11/15/2011 02:41 pm

WOW Barry forget the links increase you have 2.9 million links to your website! Wish I too get Some.. :) 


01/28/2012 11:29 am

OMG!!! you have 5252479 number of links??? 


11/24/2012 12:05 am

wow.. you have a good some of links there

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