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Why do the numbers under the "Platform" filter not add up?
Why do the numbers under the "Platform" filter not add up?

Find out the reason why the numbers under the "Platforms" categories in Backlinks report of Site Explorer do not add up.

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Written by Helen
Updated over a week ago

Note: This feature refers to the Legacy Backlinks report, now in the Legacy Section of reports:

The "Platform" filter in Site Explorer shows the categories of platform types that exist on the linking pages (not the number of links). 

The reason why the number does not add up is due to the fact that some categories that exist on the linking page overlap. For example, you can have a Wordpress page with e-commerce functionality. 

Also, the sum of those categories is not equal to the amount of backlinks because: 

  1. "backlinks" are not "linking pages" (one linking page can have many backlinks); 

  2. we only show "popular" types of platforms (Blogs, Ecommerce, Message Boards, Wikis, CMS, Comment Systems, Wordpress), while a lot of pages can be built with lesser-known technologies.

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