Huge Decline In Links Reported In Google Search Console Links Report

May 30, 2024 - 7:41 am 11 by

Broken Google Links

Earlier this week, we reported on some declines in the number of links reported in the Google Search Console links report. Well, it got a lot worse this morning, and now everyone is seeing huge declines in the link report.

I am glad I captured a screenshot of my link count that day because today it is a lot less. In fact, it is about 40% links being reported from just a few days ago. I went from 287,000 links to 177,000 links.

Here is what I see now:

Google Link Report May 30 2024

Here is what I saw on May 27, 2024:

Google Search Console Links

Here are some of the complaints online:

There are also complaints in the comments area here and in the forums.

Google has historically shown fewer and fewer links over the years.

Here is a screenshot from June 2023 showing 215,000 links:

Google Links Report 2023

Here is a screenshot from July 2022 showing 550,000 links:

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October 2019 at 1.2 million links:

Gsc Link Count Drop

August 2018 at 2.5 million links:

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Did you notice a drop in links in this report? If so, how bad?

Does it even matter anyway? :)

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld and Google Webmaster Help Forums.

Update: Daniel Waisberg from Google said the team is looking into it:

John Mueller from Google said on Reddit:

Hi! This is just a reporting issue in Search Console at the moment. Folks are working on resolving it. You didn't break anything (well, that I know about), and nobody has taken your links away (again, that I know about). I don't have a timeline that I can share for how quickly the links between the data & Search Console will come back though.

 

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