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May be Yahoo is testing something?
NeedScripts

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Msg#: 1068 posted 9:33 pm on Dec 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

It looks like serp for Yahoo Dir have changed - serp results are not really good :(

Am I the only one, or you guys seeing the same?

 

Shakil



 
Msg#: 1068 posted 9:36 pm on Dec 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

you lost me good and proper with your message.

a bit more of a clue would help, please?

Shak

startup

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Msg#: 1068 posted 9:43 pm on Dec 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Big changes on the "Directory" search. Maybe they are experimenting with something but, PR is not being used.
I hope the "switch" has more than one position :).

steveb

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Msg#: 1068 posted 1:31 am on Dec 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

WOW, you're right. Total garbage, much worse than the directory was before even!

If this is an actual change, the directory search is beyond worthless now. 1001 sites for my main keyword and completely random listing of those 1001.

the actual category pages look the same though, thank goodness.

ikbenhet1

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Msg#: 1068 posted 1:46 am on Dec 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

I checked also earlier today, but result for my keywords seem exactly like the ones at Google.

Maybe it is because directory sites get listed first, and for my keyword there are no directory matches?

mansterfred

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Msg#: 1068 posted 9:24 am on Dec 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

I tried 6 keywords. Our listings appear to be the same positions.

cornwall

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Msg#: 1068 posted 10:11 am on Dec 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

WOW, you're right. Total garbage, much worse than the directory was before even!

I'll go along with that. I am getting total garbage for a keyword directory search.

The results are nothing like the Yahoo web search nor Google. Home pages are coming up top. It is rubbish!

coconutz

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Msg#: 1068 posted 10:18 am on Dec 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

Home pages are coming up top. It is rubbish!

Seeing the same when searching the directory, low PR home pages with no content, a redirect to an off topic site and a 404 error round out the top 3. I hope that the switch isn't stuck!

mat

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Msg#: 1068 posted 10:28 am on Dec 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

Well, another me-too post. Am seeing dross, but the odd thing is that it's 'new' dross - many of the results are doorway sites and bot-food that I haven't seen before.

Some new algo, or more likely dB, is being pulled here, or so it seems at first glance. If this is new and improved, sheesh.

Mat

angiolo

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Msg#: 1068 posted 11:06 am on Dec 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

For me is pure garbage too!

It is very difficult to have an idea about serp.
Keywords in title, description and URL do not help.

Maybe they are rotating serp in an accidental way.

zeus

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Msg#: 1068 posted 1:25 pm on Dec 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have seen some changes the last few weeks now and it was the same kind changes when we got Google on the search results, maybe inktomi is comming soon as search results.

zeus

chiyo

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Msg#: 1068 posted 1:43 pm on Dec 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yep the multiple keyword dashed domains are making a comeback in the directory results only. Main search remains Google powered with little arrows to directory sites and title/summary changes if they are in Y! as usual. But its all just the dust from the re-construction zone. Nothing of import to base any strategies on just yet.

I think you are right zeus. Just testing and so forth for the coming inktomi reorganization. I for one am hoping that Ink replaces google results for wholly selfish reasons, but think it will be more complex that that as far as Y! search goes.

angiolo

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Msg#: 1068 posted 2:16 pm on Dec 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

> maybe inktomi is coming soon as search results

I don't think so.

We are speaking about the Yahoo DIRECTORY results and they do not seem related to Inktomi.

Skier

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Msg#: 1068 posted 6:34 pm on Dec 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

The directory results for my keywords has changed too.
It looks like an alphabetical sorting of results. There were two series of alpha spead over the first two pages.

Testing the mechanics?

cornwall

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Msg#: 1068 posted 7:47 pm on Dec 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

It looks like an alphabetical sorting of results.

Yes, there is definitely a strong overtone of alphabetic rendering of the results, but not entirely. They must be out of their minds if the stick with that algorithm :(

Zapatista



 
Msg#: 1068 posted 3:49 pm on Dec 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

I noticed this a day or two ago. My area relates strongly to state locations. General information sites of national interest come first. However, after that, it is DEFINITELY alphabetical by state. No doubt about it. California before Maine before New Hampshire and so on. No doubt about it and not much of a mystery to my subject area.

budterm

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Msg#: 1068 posted 5:21 pm on Dec 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yes, pure garbage. The number one site is a redirect to a PR0 page. Not alphabetical, keyword hyphenated domains predominate.

Alphawolf

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Msg#: 1068 posted 7:08 pm on Dec 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

>Yes, there is definitely a strong overtone of alphabetic
> rendering of the results, but not entirely. They must be
>out of their minds if the stick with that algorithm

FWIW, a couple weeks ago I looks at the directory listings for a clients key phrase and they were alphabetical then.

Alphawolf

JamesR

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Msg#: 1068 posted 7:34 pm on Dec 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

maybe they are using ink technology :)

cornwall

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Msg#: 1068 posted 7:42 pm on Dec 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

maybe they are using ink technology

I checked that - Serps are nothing like Inktomi :(

startup

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Msg#: 1068 posted 3:44 am on Dec 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

It looks like the "switch" back has been turned back. What ever Yahoo is experimenting with needs alot of fine tuning.

steveb

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Msg#: 1068 posted 4:57 am on Dec 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

"What ever Yahoo is experimenting with needs alot of fine tuning."

...with a sledgehammer.

angiolo

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Msg#: 1068 posted 9:14 am on Dec 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

Today results are the same as two weeks ago: a lot better...

cornwall

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Msg#: 1068 posted 11:39 am on Dec 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yes, I am now getting "normal" results again from Yahoo Directory.

They must have had a rush of blood to the head to run their "experimental" algorithm.

Makes you worry though when you see what a major algorithm change makes to Serps :(

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