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Strange and Worrying Yahoo Results

 8:12 pm on Dec 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is anyone seeing massive changes across Yahoo SERPS as of this morning? I operate in travel sector and all listings I see are now all the big fish including Yahoo Travel. A quick look at 10-20 search terms shows same trend. As far as I can see "all" previous listings have been replaced with huge companies. Anyone seeing same or have any insights.



 9:21 pm on Dec 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

nope dont see that at all. Still see the same spammy sites that even if you tell Yahoo about they aint bothered.


 9:29 pm on Dec 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm getting a ton of blog pages with "View as XML"


 10:47 pm on Dec 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm seeing massive changes on Yahoo.com - but not Yahoo.co.uk - it looks like loads of sites are not even indexed, let alone ranking.

There is no weather report on the Yahoo blog, so that together with the amount of sites that aren't even indexed, some blue chip companies - I don't think it will stick.


 10:52 pm on Dec 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have totaly droped Yahoo search for myself and sites, the results are just so pure, that I will not call it a PRO search engine anymore, first there is TONES of scrapers, spam and they are missing so many great sites, which problay has got baned, which they do a lot manualy.

No dont both with Yahoo its not worth it even if you got a no.1 spot you dont get a lot of visits, focus on MSN and google.

Ohh one more thing there image search is somewhat ok

[edited by: zeus at 10:54 pm (utc) on Dec. 1, 2005]


 10:54 pm on Dec 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

I am seeing this for 12 hours now. Emample hotels in New York only 2.5 million results-yesterday was closer to 96 million or hotels in Paris 701k results on Yahoo.com
Earlier similar results on Yahoo.co.uk but has returned to normal now.


 3:11 am on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

all my #1 sites are gone in yahoo.com but if you use yahoo my web beta and search the web from there, my sites are still #1.


 4:28 am on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

One of my major sites is completely out of yahoo. Not one page fopund when last week I has 45,000 pages indexed. Am I banned for some odd reason or is this a problem on yahoo's end?


 4:50 am on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

I am seeing huge changes. Mostly a ton of blogs that just have tons of entries that are just keywords.


 6:57 am on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Morning all,
quick and interesting observation for a result I monitor closely. Hotels in Dublin-8 of the top 10 SERPs are non Dublin Ireland related. Dublin California, Dublin Virginia etc. This search is via Y.com Anyway I am still seeing same muck I saw from yesterday.


 7:35 am on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

i'm banned. #*$!.
have an authority site which had made massive use of
htaccess rewriting.

i had left the old versions of the pages up, hoping to phase them out. wonder if i got tagged for dup content.
all links point to the new sites.


site:www.google.com has 8 results!


 9:50 am on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Those are the ugliest results I've seen on any SE for years. Checked my own KW, and about a dozen general query types - and it is all absolute junk.

they can't be serious.


 10:12 am on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

>>>site:www.google.com has 8 results!

11,700,000 results for me in the UK.

Hmmmz - when Yahoo makes changes lot of pages get dropped only to come back later (dont know about a whole site getting removed though and such drastic drops of 12mill to 8 pages.)

Oh - and I mean comeback later as in hours/days - not as in months.

Look at the last few update threads - exactly the same thing happened - and also at the end of the month Y! do seem to make some changes.


 11:53 am on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Am I banned for some odd reason

that would be the normal reason..... :)


 11:56 am on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

A baned site on yahoo, is mostly when you dont get any results when you do a site:http://yourdomain.com or you only se your homepage listed, but as Dayo says sometimes they return in 1-2 days, but many site on yahoo is baned for no reason, they often bane a whole server or IP block.


 1:06 pm on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Ok I must admit I did not know it could get any worse, but now the results have the quality of the 90s, but as said before I have droped yahoo a year ago then the results realy got bad.


 4:09 pm on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm sure they will make an adjustment and bring most of our legit domains back into the serps.

I had all but two of my domains completely removed from the serps, and most of them were in the top 3 for a variety of terms.

Just sit tight for a few days and hopefully things will get back to normal...


 6:19 pm on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

A quick spot check of some major tourist destinations shows the new top 30 SERPs have deteriorated; they are completely missing several of the largest, most established destination-specific sites.

Aside from one legitimate site, they are only showing spam/fluff, along with two of yahoo's own sections, wikipedia, an article from the bbc, the page from the cia world fact book, etc.

I don't think Yahoo would be happy if they were to actually look at these result sets.

I get the feeling that whatever they are trying to do, it's blowing up in their face.


 8:36 pm on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Everything is back to the way it was now. All the previous serps in my sector have returned.


 11:04 pm on Dec 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

[they often bane a whole server or IP block]

Do you have positive proof of this statement?



 7:52 am on Dec 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yep -all seems back to normal on Yahoo.com - Yahoo.co.uk never changed, but all those lost sites seem to be back on .com


 2:43 pm on Dec 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

yeah my sites are back! whew...


 2:33 pm on Dec 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

No changes in the travel destinations I checked a few days ago; same strange new/very poor quality results that began a few days ago.


 3:59 pm on Dec 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

still, travel results in Y! are way better than those in MSN


 7:08 pm on Dec 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a domain that was fortunately never banned from Yahoo, yet it is still not getting any traffic from there ever since I removed some script-generated doorway "rankingpower" pages from my site, and I also did an extreme makeover of the entire site. It was still getting some yahoo traffic mostly via doorway pages at the time I removed them.

When I do a yahoo search for site:www....domain...com I see there are still a bunch of long dead links in their index to the doorway pages that I removed months ago. They are mixed in with my good links.

Could these dead links in my Yahoo backlinks be my problem? How do I get rid of them? Yahoo has been spidering my site but they never seem to update their site links.

Should I put in a custom 404 redirect back to my homepage in .htaccess? Is this practice recommended? I have been adding lots of original content and a blog.

My domain in question is in my Profile.


 12:42 pm on Dec 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

We are also seeing changes in Yahoo for the better. We have long been listed badly for no reason that we can find, but are now starting to do better after waiting 7 months.


 6:41 am on Dec 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

A bit late to join in, but even I am observing a drastic fall in the positions for my targeted keywords. My site was top ranked for more or less all of my targeted keywords, it is listed in the Yahoo directory for specific categories. There has been a sudden fall in the positions for a majority of the keywords which is quite unexplainable.
What could be the reason for the penalization?
Another important thing which I feel, may be all of you have noticed, there are a lot of irrelevant results given by Yahoo SE.


 10:08 am on Dec 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

One of my site is in stable SERPs since last update. No movement in positions seen. Modified page content, title, meta desc. Page got cached but still not seeing any movement in position. To my extent it looks like fixed SERPs for some list of kw.

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