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top to nowhere in a weekend....
still in serps but dropped from all keywords

 11:06 am on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

when the new Yahoo hit i was number 1# for a competitive term, friday it was number two, today its nowhere for any keyword search, not on any page. Search for site shows its still in the index. I thought only google was that unstable and unpredictable.



 2:37 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sounds like you may have been hit with a penalty. I've seen this quite a bit for sites that buy links and various other shady SEO practices.

Is your site clean?


 2:55 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yahoo may probably testing their algos, and correcting them as they go along. The cache look of the site still says BETA, so maybe their SERPs are still being tweaked. Too bad for your site, though.


 3:06 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

nope its clean. well ranked everywhere else and is in the yahoo directory and dmoz. just happened yesterday.


 3:10 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

ive noticed that a search for unique content on my site is bringing up my site but with the url of other sites that are linking to me. Looks like they have trouble with indexing some forms of redirects and maybe ive been hit with duplicate content when infact other sites are linking to me with a cgi or redirect link.

i just tried one search that brought up 4 clones of my site. How can all the clones get listed but not the real site? What a joke.


 4:30 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

I just noticed this too, though it hasn't affected my other pages. Weird though, to see another site listed with your title and description there, even though it's just from them linking to you.


 7:14 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Soapystar, I think you've figured it out. The same thing happened to me, and I've found a site which puts my site in a frame, thus creating the illusion of duplicate content. Fortunately I was able to remove myself from this site, but there are other sites linking to me through redirects. Hopefully Yahoo will notice this and fix it, as it's clearly a bug in their spam filters.


 7:36 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

please email the info to webmasterworldfeedback@yahoo.com and we will look into it.


 7:47 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

HI Tim
Many thanks. I already used the NOT HAPPY WITH SERPS form but i will also use the email address you gave.


 9:59 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Just another quick note: at first I thought that this might be a penalty for affiliate links, but I've checked and many affiliate sites in my field are coming up in the SERPs in Yahoo.

However, several prominant sites also appear to have suffered the same fate. They are high-ranked in Google, but have disappeared from Yahoo. I think this problem may be more widespread than we realized.


 10:03 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

did they all go at the same time? i too still see far too many affiliate sites for this to be a blanket affiliate purge.


 10:10 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

No, that's what I'm saying. Not all affiliate sites are gone, just some, apparently at random. So I don't think it has anything to do with affiliates. Just being paranoid.


 5:15 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)


Theres no autorepsonse on that email address so can it be assumed that a real world reply will be made for email sent to that address? If a site was penalised would yahoo be honest and confirm this? Indeed would any reason be given as a matter of course? So basically, will i get a reply? :-)


 9:04 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)


I got a reply from Yahoo, but they just say my site is not banned (I know that) and that this sort of thing is to be expected as their algo is different from Google's. I don't buy that. If it were just in competitive SERPs, sure, that would be reasonable, but it's not. If I do a search for my exact title, which is unique, I come up #14, behind several totally unrelated sites which do not even use that exact phrase. No other site uses this title, yet #1 on this SERP is a page which appears to duplicate my content.

This is not a feature, it's a bug. A site should always come up first for its exact title if that title is unique. Anything else is just silly.

I've removed myself from the site that was duplicating my content, so once Yahoo updates, we should see if that fixes the problem, at least for me.

Too many people are seeing this same phenomenon, and it's too similar to just be a matter of different algos. Something else is going on. Now how do we convince Yahoo that it's a real bug, not just sour grapes because our rankings are not as good in Yahoo as in Google?


 9:15 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

how long before you got the reply?
It's a relatively new SE so problems are expected, my only fear is being penalized /banned for life, and having no way to appeal that.


 9:22 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

I got a reply the next day.

I would recommend relaxation. I think this is unlikely to last long. I'm just trying to get the ball rolling. They have to fix it sooner or later, I'm just hoping sooner.


 9:34 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

yet #1 on this SERP is a page which appears to duplicate my content.

just what im seeing. All my pages are fully indexed yet the only search i can get listed for is my url which happens to be what the yahoo directory use as my description. Searching for my title brings up sites credited as me but in fact they are just pointing to me. The search i used to be number one for has one of these redirect sites at 453 with me not listed.


 9:35 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

"I would recommend relaxation"
I'm trying. I just need to see the light at the of the tunnel. No matter how dim :)


 9:35 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

freejung: I got a reply the next day.
I would recommend relaxation
Well I wrote the 28/2 and havnīt got any answers, suppose that is that you arenīt banned but I am.
Although who tells me why?
I only have one .com, no .net or anything strange.


 10:22 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

I just need to see the light at the of the tunnel. No matter how dim

Lets hope its not a train coming your way :-)


 10:41 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

I just need to see the light at the of the tunnel. No matter how dim

Lets hope its not a train coming your way :-)

that really would be dim!


 10:52 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

and quite messy once it has passed :-(


 11:10 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

jesus! where's the love in this thread :)

is is a train? I report, you decide!


 5:23 am on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)


But you're not banned, I checked. You still come up for your url just like everyone else who is having this problem. This is not a ban, but some sort of penalty.

However, we appear to be on the wrong track. As per your suggestion in stickymail, I checked out other sites whose content was also being "duplicated" by the same site which was "duplicating" mine. They are doing fine. They have not incurred the penalty. So I don't get it. There is no consistent factor in all of this. Some sites are just very low ranked, for no apparent reason.

Perhaps this is simply a reflection of the incompleteness of their new crawl. I say we give it time, check back in a week or so and see if the problem persists.


 8:37 am on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

This is what is commonly known as the "vanishing index page" phenomenon.

Most common philosophy as to what causes it: Ink indexes a redirect to your site incorrectly and shows it as duplicate content, or indexes dupe content from a site copying your content. Then Ink bans your site and drops you from the serps while still showing the dupe content. You disapear and don't come back for a looooooong time even when searching for your exact title. Some of that is theory (backed up by many users reporting the same problem) and part of it is conjecture.

The common denominator in this equation is usually that the site that gets penalized (or banned) is usually a site that used PFI. Did you guys use PFI with Inktomi? That seems to be what triggers the vanishing home page.

I got hit with it and disappeared from the index for 8 months (still gone). I know Yahoo is aware of the issue, but it evidently it is still a problem. Reports of this are growing at an alarming rate now that Yahoo is using the ink database and applying the ink penalties to thier serps. I'm seeing more webmasters complaining of this here at ww and at other forums across the web.


 8:57 am on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

i never paid for inclusion with ink but yes, i have also been dropped by INK. Also yes to the duplicate content issue.The answer i guess is to create a redirect the top ranking sites that then redirects back to you, if that makes sense.


 12:54 pm on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

kanetrain if that's the case what would stop someone from using a redirect to get rid of a competitor's home page? Or perhaps this is what's going on, people may be doing this?


 7:34 pm on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

2_much -
I have some evidence that this may indeed possible in *SOME* cases. let me try and shed some light on the issue. Like I've said before (in other threads), I've spent literally hudreds of hours researching the "vanishing home page phenomenon" it's a very complex issue that not many people (including myself) fully understand.

For the sake of explanation, let me compare Google and Ink and how they treat off page factors and some of these other issues (including inbound links and **percived** dupe content):

Google and Ink treat off-page "spam" differently. Google sees the dupe content on two or more pages and ranks the page with the most inboud links and higher page rank. If your site is the legitimate one, you (generally) are never affected by the dupe content or other off page factors. The illigitimate dupe content is dropped low in the seps and won't even show up. In Google, generally, one site will not get penalized for what another site does unless there is indisputable evidence that the two sites are really coming from the same company. From what I can surmise, a penalty (for off page factors) is only applied by a Google editor. That's conjecture, by the way.

Ink, unfortunately, seems to have an automated system of penalizing sites for off page factors. The automated system has some problems identifying which is the legitimate site and may penalize the legitimate site in some cases. If they find "percieved" dupe content (or other off-page factors that they consider spam), then there is evidence that they will actually put an automated ban or "penalty" on the legitimate site. This is especially true if the legitimate site is a PFI page and the dupe content or dynamic redirect is from a non-pfi page. In fact, I've only seen PFI pages get hit with the penalty (though that doens't mean that an organic page couldn't get hit with it... I just haven't seen it).

Like I said, I've spent hundreds of hours researching the issue. It is fairly widespread... and it's going to get even worse now that Yahoo is using Ink's technology.

Tim (from Yahoo) is aware of this issue. I believe they are working to improve the system and correct the errors. There are always bugs and issues with any search engine, so it's understandable. I just hope they get this one fixed sooner rather than later!


 8:01 pm on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

Tim (from Yahoo) is aware of this issue. I believe they are working to improve the system and correct the errors.

id be interested to know how you know that and why he hasnt hinted at it all the threads/posts complaining of the apparent connection between a penalty and sites linking to the dropped site being credited as actually being it. I made that connection before you mentioned this so it would seem to be the problem.


 9:15 pm on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

Tim stated that he is aware of the issue at Pubcon during one of his speeches.

Sorry if that was unclear. I said that Tim is aware of the "vanishing page" issue. Not that the redirect or dupe content causes it. The part about what causes it and how I think Ink treats off page factors in determining how to penalize is strictly conjecture on my part (and many other webmasters). This topic has been hammered to death in the paid inclusion forum for over 3 months. I'm guessing based on things that I have seen and research. :)

If you want to send me your url by the way, I'd be happy to take a look at it and see if I can find any other common factors that may cause the vanishing page. sticky me.

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