After I submited a site to YPN, I got a reply stating that when they are no longer in Beta, they will let me know, but that for now I was rejected. It was very polite. I saw them moving around on my site in my log stats.
3 days later, my rankings plummeted in serps. Site not even ranking #1 for it's unique name. Is that a coincidence?
Has anyone else experienced this? Everyone says YPN and search are two different entities, but could YPN be using these site submissions as a way of banning sites from the serps?
No, it didnt. My website is 50+ pages of content and an RSS feed I use to distibute my unique content. Three of the pages have two measly affiliate links. Big deal. When I saw the editor moving through my site, they hit the homepage first, then the second page they hit was one of the three pages that happened to contain an affiliate link. They were on the site for 7 seconds. I received a "rejection" notice and the next day, rankings plummeted. The site now ranks #60 for it's own name.
That is NOT fair. If the editors are not going to do an objective analysis of the site, they have no business evaluating them. The guidelines say that excessive use of affiliate links without substantial content is unwanted. That is fine. But to see a single page with a single affiliate link and penalize the site without evaluating the rest of the content, is very narrow minded.
I would like to think Yahoo has more intelligent, open minded people working for them than that, so I am willing to accept the very slight chance that there is a technical glitch and that my site will reappear in a few days. Incidentally, it does not appear to be a complete ban given that all interior pages are still indexed. This could all be a series of coincidences so time will tell.
The more I dig, the more I think this may be a sequence of coincidences. But, I will post back if I find out more. My intent in posting this topic originally was to see if others shared this experience. For now, there MAY be other reasons why the site dropped in rankings temporarily. We'll see.
Our serp's are not moving for the past six weeks. We are listed for most of our main keywords on Pages 5 and beyond. Is thier something we can do to boost our rankings and start moving forward on Yahoo with our keyword terms?