Google Now Shows You Your Most Recent Links

Google-Webmaster-toolsGoogle has added a new option for downloading your links in Google Webmaster Tools. You can now click on a “download latest links” button.

The latest links download option will download your links that Google Webmaster Tools discovered but do so sorted by date. Google will have the link in one column and in the other column list out the date Google discovered the link.

Matt Cutts tweeted the feature upgrade last night, saying:

You can now download links from Google *sorted by date*. Nice. Look for “Download latest links” in console UI. Pass it on!

Googler, John Mueller, shared a screen shot of the new button:

And here is a preview of how the links look when you download them:

This may be one of the more useful feature upgrades to the link reporting tool within webmaster tools. Being able to quickly see your most recently acquired new links might be helpful in tracking link acquisitions, as well as determining which links might have caused a penalty.

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  • http://www.tvsinternetmarketing.com/ Travis Van Slooten

    Now if we can just get Google to roll out the ability for us to mark which links we want Google to ignore:)

    Travis Van Slooten

  • http://portlandinternetdesign.com John Ellis

    Travis.. I thought Google already did that in WMT? No? Gees.. they better get to it. This addition is fantastic. Great way to start organizing your links. May not help with the old ones.. but great way to start now. Also a great way to see how long it takes for a placed link to get indexed. Lots of insight you can gain from this. 

  • http://portlandinternetdesign.com John Ellis

    Travis.. I thought they gave us that already? No? Gees! They better get to that. This addition is a great way to start organizing your links. You can also see how long it takes for a placed link to get indexed. Nice!

  • Elisa D. Coleman

    I just downloaded a report that shows links all the way back to 2003. What’s recent about that?

  • Andrea Cardelli

    Sorry guys but i think google made a mistake or is just fooling us. The two lists are exactly the same, the only difference is that the second list contains the data is was seen the first time (i think). There is no difference among the two list.

  • http://www.rustybrick.com/barry Barry Schwartz

    It is sorted by date in this list.

  • http://www.rustybrick.com/barry Barry Schwartz

    It is sorted by date in this list.

  • pio dal cin

    Great news or old news? What does it do to my blog?

  • Anonymous_SEO

    Click the link to let Google know you build links.  It’s like tagging your site with a Scarlet Letter.

     

  • Alan

    Cant we just sort it by date in excel?

  • http://twitter.com/LeslieVazquez20 Leslie Vazquez

    the only difference is that the second list contains the data is was seen the first time (i think). There is no difference among the two list. http://AlluringWay.blogspot.com

  • flashmobs

    it seems to be Google just allow us to export 1000 links not all most back-links to our site.! how’ about the old back-links.? Google doesn’t index them anymore, does it.?

  • Yesceeohhh

    I was expecting some thing like this and now i can easily manage my back links reports. It would be even better if i can download the backlinks using custom date. 
    US Joomla Force

  • Madhu Madhan

    Nice to hear this from Google. Google recent links will help us to get refine link building techniques. Thanks for sharing such a valuable information

  • http://twitter.com/Intellectsolve Intellectsolve

     yes i got it its really helpfull , much appreciated

  • http://twitter.com/erocketSEO Dave Fowler

    Hi Alan, no, the old export option (still available) doesn’t provide dates. 

    It did (does) provides data on domains, number of links, and number of linked pages. This is useful – particularly post-Penguin – for identifying potentially damaging sitewide backlinks (high number of links to a low number of linked pages coming from a single domain). But this new, additional download option, listing individual links and the dates they were discovered, provides extra information. 

    I’ve just downloaded a report of nearly 44,000 backlinks with their discovery dates going back to 2004. Buried in there are some real insights into Google’s understanding of our backlink profile. Being more of a marketer than a data scientist I just haven’t worked out how to get to those insights yet :-)

  • IcthrouHighPriest

    I trust this about as much as I trust everything else that Google does or says.

  • http://twitter.com/tommyskalberg Tommy Skålberg

    It shows you the most recent inbound links, but it would be nice if we could see the most recent incoming links as well.

  • http://jstxplore.blogspot.in/ vinod

    Yes now i can look at my most recent Link’s .. thanks for sharing mate :)

  • http://twitter.com/robinprinsen Robin Prinsen

    Nice, but not really accurate. Google alerts gave me a notification on June 19 for a particular post (link was in a post of June 18), but GWMT says July 7. Anyway, combined SEOmoz, Majestic and GWMT give me a pretty decent overview of links to our website.

  • Jamie Keaney

    Does anyone have an opinion as to “why” they have done this? Seems like it could be a precursor to disavowing links.

  • smichaelgriffin

    Pretty nice feature; I’d like to see Google give us a page/domain authority rank for the links too.

  • http://twitter.com/damisonusoul Damiso Lockhart

    cool thanks for sharing 

  • http://trafficdigital.com/ Mark Hughes

    This is awesome. I don’t believe Google will bring in a link-disavow tool as it would be so open to manipulation.  However, this new feature would appear to be an excellent compromise.

    Google have given you this for a reason, and presumably that reason is so you can monitor and call out bad links before Google send you the dreaded ‘unnatural links’ message.

    If you notice a spike in spammy links, you can now submit a reconsideration request saying that you suspect your site is the victim of a spam campaign.  I’d be very interested to see how Google would deal with such a scenario.  Would you be forgiven?  You’ve clearly not built the links if you’ve gone to the trouble of reporting them.  If you don’t call them out, either because you built them or you don’t bother to monitor this, you get punished.

    Surely this is what Google and SEOs have been asking for – a way to call out and avoid punishment for bad links that you haven’t built.

  • Piyush Khera

    Thanks. Nice article. Google really need to add feature in webmasters to stop/devalue some links. It will help SEO’s in a big way.

  • settbikash

    Very Interesting tips , matt cuts thanks for sharing update news.

  • http://twitter.com/kashiffarooq Kashif Farooq

    Nice step taken by Google, I am also more interested in my latest links rather than old ones..

  • http://www.lexolutionit.com/ Lexolution IT Services, India

    I download these for my site and i was able to download more than 10 thousand links.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz_PeVlgCcc flash-mob

    Thanks guy.! I did it. :p

  • http://www.gtslinkbuilding.com/ Joshua Cabe Johnson

    I think that it’s possibly another play to allow fear based business owners that have adapted to Google’s leading/misleading emails of unnatural linking to submit their ‘artificial links’ to them. 

    Sneaky guys they are. 

  • http://www.seogenx.com/ Nandkishor

    Great move, one can now instantly find harmful inbound links. Prior to this, it was difficult to find latest links from huge list.

  • http://trafficdigital.com/ Mark Hughes

    I wrote a quick blog following this the other day – could this be the answer to Negative SEO?  Check it out here and I’d be interested to see what you make of it!  Comments thing on the site is currently broken, but you can tweet @ampedsocial or @markadoi84:disqus 

    Thanks!

  • http://www.slideshare.net/purebredbreeders/purebred-breeders-reviews-purebredbreederscom yonowillis

    It is really an excellent way of downloading our favorite links and to track those which results in a penalty. I think SEO industry will now become curious and aware for the quality of inbound links.

  • http://twitter.com/MannyGasal Manny Gasal

    Good news for SEO.This will add couple of stuff  to the items the internet marketing guys are analyzing.

  • http://www.marketingchip.com/ Marcos Lujan

    Negative SEO is booming and these attacks are carried out easiest by big companies which already have top positions which want to kill off their smaller competitors definitively. Google really needs to sharpen up and improve how they value links instead of trying to police the internet which can be exploited.

  • http://twitter.com/shashankscg Shashank Gupta

    This new feature by Google is a real gem. With the onslaught of Negative SEO, the ‘latest links’ will help us immensely in figuring out if any unnatural links are being created for the particular sight, and take action promptly. As smichaelgriffin, has mentioned now if Google added the page/domain authority on the links that would be icing on the cake.

  • Jennifer Dunne

    Thanks, this is great stuff. But what if your Webmaster Tools doesn’t show your links? Is there a timeframe before links start showing up? (In which case, how “new” are the new links?)

  • Pano Kondoyiannis

    I downloaded this report end examine for bad links

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