I suspect a rollback of some type. I have even tried vague terms that are #1 on GOogle and MSN, no where to be found on Yahoo - makes no sense.
My site is all white hat, so a penalty is out of the question for me.
Yeterday I lost all my traffic from Yahoo too. Since my website is relatively new and Google does not show it in SERPS yet - sandbox or whatever I rely only on yahoo. So 2 days ago I noticed the traffic is going down to 30-40%, in a few hours yahooslurp comes to my site and is still indexing as I speak. Yesterday I received a few visitors for some keywords I have never received traffic for (and no traffic for my classic keywords) and today 0 traffic.
My site is not even in Yahoo SERPS (looking for domain, site or whatever) - but I see an increase in BL (from 20-30 to almost 200).
I have read this topic and it seems very strange that this is happening to me 2 weeks after the problem first occured. Anyway I see that there is no real answer to that problem so we will keep waiting...
Thanks for the comment, BillyS
By rollback, not sure what you mean. My sites (also white hat and very simple) have occupied first page positions on Yahoo since 2001, so this is a bit of a nightmare.
Curiously, the new serps, in my area at least, have two or three quality sites getting multiple first page postions, and then rest of the results are really not quality at all.
The SERPS are now either garbage - or highly undemocratic ;-)
Not sure what to make of this then janejanejane if not a rollback. I've got a couple of phrases that are sure winners for top spots (no one else optimizes for them) and they sit right on top of MSN and Google now. I just checked Yahoo and they don't show in the top 1,000. (By around 300 everyting is really unrelated to the query.)
Now I just upgrades the site (template, arrangement of content on the page). Could it be that Yahoo sees the information as brand new?
I just tried a Yahoo search for site:www... and it's showing nothing for my site that's having the problem, but it's showing hundreds of internal links for my sites that are ok on Yahoo. This clearly appears to be a penalty. I'm not sure if it's duplicate content or doorway pages, or exchanging links with some gambling sites.
I guess the first thing I need to do is determine what exactly is the problem, then correct the problem, then apologize to Yahoo for violating their policy and ask to be reinstated. The problem is where to begin?
2 years ago I once had 3 of my sites banned from Google for a known violation - participation in a links farm, and they soon reinstalled my sites after I removed the offending links farm stuff and apologized.
Major changes the evening of the 20th, presumably California time, according to Tim on the ysearchblog
Thanks for the heads-up steve. fingers crossed...
Thanks for the info Steve.:)
Regarding the topic of this thread, it's been good but one thing that may not have been considered is that on any given day Yahoo is doing twelve tests on the serps which may account for the different serps you may have seen.
Additionally, Yahoo has a daily crawl which results in the addition of new content plus refreshing of new content- on a daily basis.
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