By 7 years ago in Search

Yahoo Site Explorer has big backlink update

In a move thats probably going to send the BlogStorm tracker haywire Yahoo has had a big update on the way they measure backlinks this week.

BlogStorm.co.uk used to have 50,000 links from external pages to the entire domain, this number has dropped to 3,549.

SEOmoz used to have over 1.35 million links but 1 million have been wiped out.
Assuming Yahoo are reporting links more accurately this is good news although it might take a bit of getting used to for some webmasters.

Previously Yahoo used to report links weeks after they disappeared resulting in large spikes when posts hit the front page of Digg.

How has your inlink count fared this week?

By Patrick Altoft. at 11:02AM on Monday, 08 Oct 2007

Patrick is the Director of Strategy at Branded3 and has spent the last 11 years working on the SEO strategies of some of the UK's largest brands. Patrick’s SEO knowledge and experience is highly regarded by many, and he’s regularly invited to speak at the world’s biggest search conferences and events. Follow Patrick Altoft on Twitter.

comments

  • http://seoptimise.com Kevin Gibbons

    This all seems fine to me, blogstorm.co.uk has 57,336 external inbound links, 1,598,881 for SEOmoz.

  • http://caroline-middlebrook.com/blog/ Caroline Middlebrook

    I think that’s a good thing. My blog is very new and Yahoo was reporting hundreds of links back to it which I knew weren’t there. If you actually want to use that information, having such inflated numbers makes it virtually impossible.

  • http://nbrightside.com/blog Andy C

    God. You are right. 17 down to 3.

  • http://blogstorm.co.uk Patrick Altoft

    Kevin, when I click the link in your comment I see totally different figures. Will be interesting to see how it develops.

  • http://pablogeo.com Pablo

    links from my pages are fine and also..

    Inlinks (1,634,004) for SEOMoz

    so everything seems normal.

  • http://xuru.com Jeremy Luebke

    10,000 down to 2,000 for one client I just checked.

  • http://seomoz.org randfish

    Patrick – when Site Explorer does this (which we see every once in a while), I tend to go back to using the manual link searches like “linkdomain:seomoz.org -site:seomoz.org” at Yahoo! – which still reports around 1mil and for Blogstorm gives 14K… Frustrating because it’s hard to know which is the the most accurate.

  • http://needcoffee.com Widgett Walls

    Hmm, 4259. Not as drastic a reduction as you saw, naturally, but still.

  • http://blogstorm.co.uk Patrick Altoft

    Interesting that the data is different. There is also a forum thread with others reporting this fall.

  • http://nusuni.com Jeremy Steele

    Mine has dropped a good amount as well. Can’t remember the exact amount, but I think it was around 300 before now its about 60.

  • http://toprankblog.com Lee Odden

    Site Explorer is VERY sluggish right now but is reporting Inlinks (93,020) for toprankblog.com, down by about 500k.