Google Revises Reorganization of Backlinks
In recent news, Google announced that they have a new method of classifying internal links (within your site) and external links (from other sites) via Webmaster tools. Overall, the number of links doesn’t change but rather the way they are reported as external links or internal links. Instead, the way your backlinks are presented will more accurately align with your individual concepts regarding which links are from your site or others (internal or external). There will be more clarity and less confusion with the addition of these changes.
CHANGE IN CATEGORIZATION OF INTERNAL LINKS
In the past, specific links from your subdomains (ie: example.staticmedia.com), were considered as external links as well as a link from the non www version of your site. With these recent Google backlink reorganization, all links from these types of domains will be considered as an internal backlink, as long as you own the actual root domain (ie: staticmedia.com)
CATEGORIZATION OF SUBDOMAINS
As mentioned above, with the changes, both of these mentioned above are categorized as internal links. This change also incorporates any subdomains as internal links since most site owners own them as well. Furthermore, if you don’t own the root domain (EX. example.staticmedia.com), it will still show links from URL’s stating your particular domain or subfolder in your internal links and the remaining links will be categorized as external links. As a result of these changes, it will reveal a more accurate portrayal.
OVERALL NUMBER OF BACKLINKS
An important point to remember is that some external links may appear to go lower because some of the URLs have been reclassified as internal links. However, the sum of all links will not go down overall and remain the same.
Do these recent Google backlink changes affect the way you do SEO linkbuilding at all?