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New Features for Yahoo Site Explorer: Incl, Site Authentication
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Msg#: 3237461 posted 7:01 pm on Jan 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

From the Y Search Blog [ysearchblog.com].
Among the new features of the Site Explorer program are a new feedback system, new authentication processes intended for bloggers, the ability to delete your URLs from Yahoo's index, and one that to me seems a little strange, a badge that displays your inbound links from your page.

 

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Msg#: 3237461 posted 7:51 pm on Jan 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

that displays your inbound links from your page.

Actually it is a count of inbound links to your page (or to your site, depending on which option you choose). Even so, seems a tad tacky. Kind of like the old "hit count" display of old.

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Msg#: 3237461 posted 8:26 pm on Jan 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

the ability to delete your URLs from Yahoo's index

Yes! Long outclassed by Google's url removal tool, Yahoo has now given us a way to cope with those "oops!" moments.

Delete URLs: For your authenticated sites, you can now delete any URLs from the index. Simply locate the URL in Site Explorer and click on the 'Delete URL' button. The URL and all its subpaths will be deleted shortly thereafter. This is meant to work in conjunction with the robots.txt file while providing greater responsiveness.[/b]

I've got some questions on the details (deleted for how long; must the robot.txt agree; etc) but I'm sure all will be clear soon enough.

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Msg#: 3237461 posted 7:24 am on Jan 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi Tedster,
Info on how this interacts with robots.txt is included in our help documentation: [help.yahoo.com...]

If I use Delete URL, do I also need to use Robots.txt?
Yes. Once you've used Delete URL to remove a URL from our index, we recommend using robots.txt to exclude the content from being added to out indexed again. Robots.txt excludes Yahoo!'s crawler (Slurp) from re-indexing your content. A robots.txt exclusion rule reduces the number of pages Slurp will read from your server. It also helps you save bandwidth on your website.
Note: Site Explorer Delete URL service facilitates the quick removal of your URL from our index and is helpful when a URL that you have excluded, continues to show up as a thin document, but it may not prevent our crawler from continuing to crawl the URL again. It is not an alternative to using robots.txt.

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Msg#: 3237461 posted 9:51 am on Jan 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

The ability to delete urls like this is a nice addition, but I have some queries.

Each authenticated site owner is limited to 5 Delete URL requests per site. If there are multiple site owners, a site could show more than 5 active delete actions.

How long does this go on for? A week, a month, a year, for the rest of the website's existence? I assume Yahoo will eventually increase once they've tested it more?

If a site owner wants to delete a url from the index, there's a likelihood that they are going to want to delete more than 5 urls eventually. I didn't think I needed to use the tool and then realised that I had about 15 urls which shouldn't really be there. I've now ammended the robots.txt file, but I can only delete 5 urls which is a shame.

I'm thinking that it's not the end of the world if the aforementioned urls are in the index, but it'd be nice if they weren't. But should I save my 5 deletes for urls which I really really do need to delete?

Strange that Yahoo don't state any timeline.

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Msg#: 3237461 posted 10:15 am on Jan 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi Tim,

Each authenticated site owner is limited to 5 Delete URL requests per site. If there are multiple site owners, a site could show more than 5 active delete actions.

Is there going to be any increase on this, Yahoo has literally thousands of 301 redirects and 404 pages, pages blocked by robots.txt file index for a site of mine.

or could we use the feedback to have mass removals.

Vimes.

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Msg#: 3237461 posted 8:43 am on Feb 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

Your request was not accepted because:

* the url was malformed, or
* the url was unreachable, or
* the url was already added

Please double check the url submitted and ensure it is correct.

"* the url was unreachable, or"

Thats just great......

Tim

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Msg#: 3237461 posted 6:36 pm on Feb 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

Danny just published an article this morning at searchengineland that talks about this feature in depth.
Tim

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