The mention of the ODP and Yahoo directory have been there for years, since back when Yahoo did have a free option. I don't think there's any significance of Google's mention of it, other than it's a reasonably comprehensive, human edited directory. Whatever the case now, the Y! dir clearly has some historical pedigree.
|The mention of the ODP and Yahoo directory have been there for years |
Sorry about that then, I was sure I'd read that page/section a few times over the years and I had not noticed it before.
Yes, it has been like this for years. Remember you pay for a review with Yahoo, there is no guarantee that your site will be accepted, though in practice I expect that most are.
|Remember you pay for a review with Yahoo |
Is there anyone still suffering penalties from this?
It took years for one of my old sites to be listed completely with Yahoo! whereas new ones were accepted 100% within weeks and still tend to rank more highly!
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The fact that Yahoo has strict guidelines and payment of a review fee doesnt guarantee inclusion, makes its a quality directory. It also means that sites included in Yahoo directory are unlikely to be spam / junk or chuck away sites.
I think google are right to leave the comment as it is - if you want to be listed in a quality directory, Yahoo is the directory to submit to. It has no bias, no editor self interests to consider and it guarantees a review for the fee.
If your sites of quality and its of a high standard and benefits users and you want to be in a directory you have a high chance of being listed and listed correctly in Yahoo. Meanwhile anything boarderline or below need not apply.
Google may take a listing in Yahoo as one of many signals of a sites "trust" who knows but as google works on finding links to sites a directory is possibly one of the first places a webmaster will look to for a link, so google are right to still list Yahoo as a directory to submit to imo
|It took years for one of my old sites to be listed completely with Yahoo! whereas new ones were accepted 100% within weeks and still tend to rank more highly! |
I have helped lots of sites to rank well that have never had a Yahoo directory listing. I do think that Google can see a listing as a sign of a site being of a certain quality though.
My $299 was wasted IMO. You should be listing there for traffic, rather than a boost in Google... but whatever the case, I've seen three referrals from my Yahoo listing in the last 8 months... yes, that's right... three people in 8 months.
I also saw no improvement in any other sense, anywhere, anything. Pay it for what... Kudos?