I need some clarification, my google console shows very few backlinks (less than 50) however when i

I need some clarification, my google console shows very few backlinks (less than 50) however when i check my backlinks using Ahrefs, it shows 300 backlinks and this really confuse me. How can I know my exact number of google recognized backlinks? I checked all the 300 links in Ahrefs manually and they are linking to me, however they are not showing up in google search console, does this mean that these links were ignored by google and they completely have no effect on my rankings?

2 comments

  1. Hello, Thank you so much for getting in touch.

    This difference can be explained by the way Google groups the links and detects them on the property and the full reason can be only assessed by checking the “missing” backlinks in detail.

    Either way the data coming to Google Search Console is the one that Google sees and exports so it’s likely the most accurate in terms of what you can expect from SERPs.

    Hope that helps and please do not hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance with anything else.

  2. If you look at the links report carefully, you’ll see that it’s called the “Top” Links report. Nowhere does Google say it’s an exhaustive list of all links it’s aware of to your site.

    So no, it definitely does not mean that any links not listed in that report are ignored by Google (for better or worse).

    There is no way to know the exact number of Google-recognised backlinks for
    any site.

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