Subdomains Now Classified As Internal Links In Google Webmaster Tools

In an important change in the Webmaster Tools, Google has changed the way to categorize link data.

This means that reporting links will now be handled in a different way in Google Webmaster Tools. And the big change is that subdomain links will now be considered as external links, but as internal links.

What Has Changed

The Webmaster Tools lists the links to your site as external links (links coming from other sites), and internal links (links from within your site). And links from subdomains will now fall under external links. This update will not have any effect on the number of links, but you will get a clear picture on the origin your backlinks.

What Has Changed

The Webmaster Tools lists the links to your site as external links (links coming from other sites), and internal links (links from within your site). And links from subdomains will now fall under external links. This update will not have any effect on the number of links, but you will get a clear picture on the origin your backlinks.

Why Has It Changed

Google said in their Google Webmaster blog that this is applicable to “www” and “non www” versions and the other subdomains on the domain name. Earlier, internal links were the links that began with your site’s exact URL. So, if your domain is entered as www.mydomain.com, then the links from mydonain.com would be considered external (they are without the www, so do not match the exact URL). But now, Google has changed the ropes.

Google said “Most people think of example.com and www.example.com as the same site these days, so we’re changing it such that now, if you add either example.com or www.example.com as a site, links from both the www and non-www versions of the domain will be categorized as internal links. We’ve also extended this idea to include other subdomains, since many people who own a domain also own its subdomains—so links from cats.example.com or pets.example.com will also be categorized as internal links for www.example.com.”

What Will Happen Now

Well, it is obvious now, that the number of external links will go down, as they are now being categorized as internal links. The search engine giant says that the new link number will now be more accurate than before.

What Remains To Be Answered

It remains to be seen that how will Google deal with listing subdomains in the Google search results. Also when it will rank you page’s links, how will the algorithm treat the links from subdomains, that are not from your domain. And what about the link weight of the links from subdomains of your site? Well, this too remains unanswered as of now.

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