I'm having a bit of a problem with the results I'm getting from Google's "link:" command and Yahoo Site Explorer's link reporting. I know you never get accurate results from either of these tools, but even bearing that in mind I've no idea what's happening in my current situation:
There's a website that I report on on a monthly basis - it's a music news and reviews site, and I've been reporting on traffic and links and the like for three months. For the first couple of months everything has been fairly stable, but for some reason the number of links reported by Yahoo & Google have approximately halved.
It's really odd that BOTH Google and Yahoo should show the same kind of dip, but - and here's where the plot thickens - I also monitor the site's competitors, and all of them now report a similar (if not larger) drop in reported links.
I could understand it if the drop was just in Google or Yahoo, or if it just affected the main site I monitor, but the universality of the fall has really got me stumped. Anyone have any idea what might be going on here?
Thanks in advance for your help!