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Google dropped a bunch of links today- has it happened to you?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by gentzalli, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. gentzalli

    gentzalli Regular Member

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    My local business seo site had roughly ~ 3K backlinks from about 300-350 referring domains. Today, my ranking for 1 specific keyword plummeted to page 3 but the rest remained the same.

    Here's the weird part. I check search console today and I see only 153(!) total backlinks to my site! How could this be when it was thousands a few days before? They were not from the same domain, I had web 2.0's, pbn's, comments, and dozens of local citations all on different sites - now they're all gone in my backlinks section of webmaster tools.

    I almost feel like this is a glitch in their system. Has this ever happened to you? All of the pages are still indexed in google, both on my site and the backlinks. My ranking dropped only for 1 specific keyword, but only to page 3. Very curious to see if Google will show these links again on the next index.
     
  2. Dunamus

    Dunamus Junior Member

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    Went from easily over 1000 to around 380. Could be a mass spam links purge? Seeing my keywords jumping around and trying their best to hold steady though.

    Hoping it was a glitch!

    Edit: this was for my local service business as well
     
  3. Dunamus

    Dunamus Junior Member

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    Bump, looking for answers still!

    Looks like many of my PBN links are all still active, so I'm not totally sure what they removed and why.
     
  4. gentzalli

    gentzalli Regular Member

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    Same here. All indexed in google still. What a weird situation, really hoping it's some sort of glitch in their system.
     
  5. Unreliable Witness

    Unreliable Witness Power Member

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    I've also seen this.

    Google could have reduced the size of its index, by pruning out lower quality pages. Google doesn't need to index the entire web to provide "the best" search results. It just needs to be able to find links on high quality pages. Indexing the whole web is resource intensive.

    Or it could simply be reporting to webmasters fewer pages. Google doesn't benefit from telling you about what links it recognises.
     
  6. LeanLow

    LeanLow Senior Member

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    I still have all of mine. If they are removed from WMT would says that's a big problem, because they must show all links so you can disavow if you suspect they're spam, otherwise anyone could spam their competitors, and they wouldn't see the spam links on WMT.
     
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  7. Commoner

    Commoner Senior Member

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    Hmm, some of my new ms links are up-ed swiftly (quality urls) - darn fast under a day or two

    seemed like G is testing

    Good Luck,
    C.
     
  8. laur.laurix

    laur.laurix Senior Member

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    Check your 301 redirects if u have them some strange shit happened to websites that have 301 redirects.
     
  9. aidenhera

    aidenhera Elite Member

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    duh i always have some spam links there and im always thinking they were made by some random bot that is trashing every website that it can find instead of me being the actual target. sometimes im like "ohh i made these links? Or didnt I? no idea"
     
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