A couple of weeks ago, Google acknowledged encountering problems with its link report, which have now been successfully addressed. The reporting issues that were affecting the Search Console link report have been fixed. Specifically, there was a significant decrease in the number of links reported by site owners.
The situation has been resolved, and this morning I observed that the links have started to increase in the report. Google’s Search Advocate, John Mueller, also confirmed the resolution by stating, “Yeah, I think it should be ok now.“
It’s important to note that this was solely a reporting glitch. Google wanted to clarify that this issue did not have any impact on the actual ranking, indexing, or crawling of websites. The problem solely revolved around the number of links Google displayed within the Search Console link report.
John Mueller clarified, “FWIW, it doesn’t have anything to do with how search results work.”
To provide a visual representation, I’ve included a screenshot from my link report, illustrating an upturn in the number of links reported by Google compared to the earlier count. However, I should mention that the current number remains notably lower when compared to historical data for this particular site.
The image below is from July 2022, whereas the one above is from this week:
Back in August of last year, it was stated that there were 2.5 million linkages.
Reason For Our Concern
It’s important to emphasize that this solution did not address any particular ranking-related problems. Its sole focus was on rectifying the link report within Google Search Console. For those individuals who monitor links using this method, they can now revisit the report with the expectation of finding a more satisfactory count of reported links.