I went through the proper procedure to see if I could lift a ban on my most popular site. It was the type of ban where only the index page showed up in a "site:www.domain.com" search and didn't rank for anything else.
Yesterday I saw Yahoo traffic for the first time ever, and now my site is ranking all over the place - I'm very happy as I couldn't understand the original ban anyway, so it's great to see the site where I think it should be. (Obviously rather subjective!)
I did notice just before the lifting, rather a lot of new hits to just the Index page form the slurp/cat bot, which I haven't seen since. Also, the regular slurp bot is not indexing anything else and still only the index page is showing up in a "Site:www.domain.com" search.
Has anyone had experience of a ban lifting like this and if so, how long did you find it took before a good crawl or at least a few of your pages were spidered and added...
I have this strange fear that when the spider does a full crawl, whatever tripped its ban switch will go again, even though I believe there is nothing banworthy on it :)
Hope this gives hope to people who think there's no way out of a Yahoo ban too. As others have said - be polite and make your site better for human beings.
Thanks in advance!