Yahoo Site Explorer Link Count Drops Significantly

May 21, 2010 • 8:14 am | comments (30) by | Filed Under Yahoo Search Engine Optimization

Several webmasters and SEOs are reporting that the link reports in Yahoo Site Explorer is reporting drastically less links than ever before. I assume this is not being discussed as much as it would have been a year or two ago, simply cause Yahoo is out of search but some webmasters and SEOs are concerned over the major link drop.

I personally checked my January 2009 screen shot and compared it to today and I noticed a drop of over 100,000 links! Here is a before and after screen shot.


Yahoo Site Explorer Link Drop

In January 2009:

Yahoo Site Explorer Links

A Search Engine Watch Forums thread has a post about this drop, as well as some tweets.

@rustybrick Do u have any theories on why people are seeing lots of link loss in Yahoo SiteExplorer? I saw you covered this topic...less than a minute ago via HootSuite

Noticing a significant drop in link counts in Yahoo's Site Explorer for the "link:" - "except from this domain" option. Anyone?less than a minute ago via Echofon

Seeing a big drop in number of backlinks reported by Yahoo Site Explorer. Anyone else?less than a minute ago via Echofon

Did you notice a major drop?

Forum discussion at Search Engine Watch Forums.

Update May 23, 2010: Seems like most of the links lost are now back.

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