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Google Updates Sitelinks, Not Webmaster Tools




Over at SE Roundtable, Tamar reports that Google has updated her site’s sitelinks. Google Webmaster Tools has been teasing me with sitelinks for my personal site for a while, so I checked it out: and there they were.

google sitelinks for [mamablogga] in serp

Two problems here, though: First, Google Webmaster Tools claims that I don’t have any sitelinks. Second, I blocked the bottom two sitelinks weeks ago when Google first began teasing me with sitelinks in Webmaster Tools. (I can’t tell you exactly when it was because I didn’t really keep track—and every time you go back to the GWT Sitelinks page, it extends the 90 block.)

google webmaster tools - sitelinks for mamablogga

Yes, it takes time for changes in GWT to show up in SERPs, but considering that this block has been in place since before I had sitelinks, you’d think they could get it right.

I’m also pretty confused as to why it’s chosen those two links as “worthy” of inclusion. A quick check of other Google Webmaster Tools stats shows that eight other pages have more internal and external links than either of those—as many as 100+ times the links. Neither of the bottom sitelinks feature in my site’s navigation, and they haven’t been updated in months.

I guess I’ll take the sitelinks, even the ugly ones, but, like most of us, I don’t get why they’ve chosen these. Let’s hope Google’s not kidding when they assure us that “we are always working to improve how we find and display sitelinks.” I mean, it’s not like they’ve messed up sitelinks before.

Anybody else have any fun sitelinks stories?

  • http://widestep.com Keylogger Guy

    I don’t have any problems with sitelinks, but when i had checked webmasters tools there weren’t any links leading to my site, so I little confused still.

  • http://seologia.com.ar Seologia

    Maybe Mamablogga should give Google a good spank in the tush. :P

    Seologia’s last blog post..Keyword research para armar una estrategia de SEO efectiva

  • http://treatmentsearch.co.uk rishil

    Only thing I can remind people is – dont ever disallow a sitelink if possible – I had 8, got rid of one before I found out you wont get it back. I would only disallow one if its one that I dont want people clicking to, and in which case why should I have it on the site in the first place?

  • http://www.tealmontgomery.com Steve Teal

    I’m not even sure how I can get my sitelinks to show. Any advice? ~Steve

  • http://chasinggoogle.blogspot.com Elections guy

    I don’t have any sitelinks.

    Elections guy’s last blog post..South Park: Canada On Strike

  • http://treatmentsearch.co.uk rishil

    @Steve Teal – you cant – google decideds whether your site deserves them or not unfortunately.

    rishil’s last blog post..Bishops Wood Hospital Northwood Middelsex UK BMI Hospitals