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Yahoo Update January 23rd, 2006
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 11:24 am on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

New update on yahoo in my market - can anyone see a similar thing?



 12:24 pm on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

SERPS we monitor have been updated!


 9:33 pm on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Relevancy! Relevancy! It has returned to Yahoo! I applaud the results Yahoo!


 10:44 pm on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yeah, certainly some new things to look at and consider, in lots of the places we look.


 11:04 pm on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Very competitive terms = same old hand coded SERP

Relevancy = Where? Please let me know because I fail to find any improvement..REALLY.

additional usual stuff = keeps on screwing up perfectly legitimate websites..

ok ok find me a major improvement that leads to believe that Yahoo will finally be a real and trusted search engine (I mean 4 PPC ads on top of the listing + hand coded SERP + discount if not listed in their directory + .......etc....) :)


 11:23 pm on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yahoo update dud as usual. I observe a very wide range of products. Results are lackluster.


 2:28 am on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Right now what I see on my market is as yahoo has dropped all filters. Lot of spam at top positions.

I lost some very good positions, and I don't believe this drop is final. Last week the same happened. I lost positions for a few days and then recovered all of them.

I think yahoo is updating but it is not finished.


 1:02 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

In my niche I do not see big movements.
I have the impression that continuing incoming links can help in gaining positions.


 1:10 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

How does it look with all the missing sites, have some come back or have they still banned 10000 of IP blocks


 4:03 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I just made a search for some brand clothing I got 8 ebay results on first site, normaly I type -ebay -amazon, but I just wanted to try without and it was horror, also I see still MANY sites are missing in yahoo search they have baned so many sites now thet problaly 50% got a new owner, I dont get there politics why dont they try to filter such bad site instead of banning a whole IP block/server, where non black hat also get banned.


 4:38 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I think the filter is off until the update is completely done. In my market I'm also seeing junk that normally is not there.


 6:04 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

In my market I'm also seeing junk that normally is not there.

Same here. I searched some buzz words in our area, no big player is returned.


 6:10 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

This update is pure junk. Lots of freeserver.com angelfire spammy free sites came back. I am now seeing a freeserver.com free account ranking 10 out 83 million sites for a very competitive site, and to make things worst, the free server site redirects to a big budget spammer site. Yahoo has returned to where it was back in 2001.

West of Willamette

 6:16 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

No announcement on the Yahoo Search Blog. One would think the update is in an interim stage, because there is an unbelieveable amount of crap showing up.


 6:22 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

This update, as far as I can see - in my market - is no better with this update than it was before.

Serps are dominated by websites whose webmasters who are outwitting Yahoo.

There was a time, a few months ago, that the serps actually seemed relevant. Whatever they're doing to tweak the results isn't working. Maybe it's time to roll it back and start over?


 6:48 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I suspect that we are seing an intermediary position. Last time ther was an update - in my markets an set of serps remained for 4 -5 days befor the serps that stayed for a further 4 weeks hit.

Combining the lack of cashe for many sites in the serps with this knowledge i doubt were done yet


Broker Boy


 8:42 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Me too. I'm now at number #1 for my main keywords:


I like this update.

[edited by: engine at 8:56 pm (utc) on Jan. 24, 2006]
[edit reason] No specifics, thanks [/edit]


 8:46 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Quite obvious improvements for once. Still not very good, but low quality sites are not doing as well and a bit less pure spam.

One weird thing, for a specialized two word term, the first result is the main page of a university, which has absolutely nothing to do with either term (not separately or together). It's like ranking the harvard main page first for a search for: elephant skateboards

Considering the extreme lameness of the last few updates, there are clear positives this time. Yahoo still not in Google's overall quality league, but now pulls way ahead of MSN.

Still, the utterly worthless spam in some highly targeted terms is amazingly terrible.


 10:30 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am seeing less traffic today from Yahoo and rankings flux. Anyone else having flux with yahoo? I saw spammy sites for a little while today, I have also held some great rankings from my merchant account site and some results fell and some increased.


 11:41 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

This update is not over in my eyes, alot of this is the normal flux you see with an udpate. Either that or they had a problem, because if you notice alot of formally top ranking sites have no cache. To me it looks like these sites got tagged or something, we shall see in a few days for now do nothing.


 9:40 am on Jan 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Report spam sites to Yahoo



 12:36 pm on Jan 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Not sure if this is a trend, but I'm already starting to see traffic return.


 2:14 pm on Jan 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Billy can you see better rankings or just traffic?




 5:39 pm on Jan 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

one of the sites I monitor only moved one spot, is that an update?


 9:30 pm on Jan 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

rankings and traffic coming back...hope it is a trend.


 9:40 pm on Jan 25, 2006 (gmt 0)



 10:04 pm on Jan 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

..Report spam won't do a thing most of the time, Yahoo is about providing fine 'humanly reviewed' SERP on very competitive search then the rest is crap very often - and i think that they don't give a damn.
they will make money otherwise than with the (poor) quality of their search engine.


 10:14 pm on Jan 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Didn't they decrease their index by a whole lot? My site used to have about 2k pages, now it's down to ~800. I don't know what's going on...

If you do a search for "the", it used to show roughly 20 billion, currently I am seeing 6.6. Quite a big difference.


 11:28 pm on Jan 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

jquick, it says 10.8 for me. Perhaps it's the different DCs showing different numbers, which would explain the huge differences of 20, 10.8 and 6.6.

I really wish someone had a list of Y! DCs somewhere...

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