| 4:39 pm on Dec 21, 2007 (gmt 0)|
As everyone knows if there is one search engine that is totally broken it is Yahoo. I wouldn't be surprised that some desperate and frustrated sales guy screwed up your organic listing.
From what Y says on its website paying for a review does not guarantee listing.
In other words, better focus on Google. Most respectable websites derive upward of 80% of visitors from Google.
| 9:59 am on Dec 22, 2007 (gmt 0)|
It's most unlikely that Yahoo! would link the two - and they both have different rules. It's quite possible to be in the Y! directory and not do well in search - and vice versa.
I'd consider other possibilities; if Y! search does not like your site, £60 won't buy their affection.
| 5:12 pm on Dec 22, 2007 (gmt 0)|
|As everyone knows if there is one search engine that is totally broken it is Yahoo |
Broken for sure. I am wondering if broken on purpose now as the authority sites are still back in the 150 - 200 range.
Broken and or corrupt. Could it be that certain employees of these major engines have beem taking advantage of their positions and in fact by anonymous proxy own a lot of these sites propped up by strategic dmoz/Yahoo/whatever listings to the master url in the link farm?
If its a search engine why do they need dmoz anyways?
If its not corrupt why does it continue to deliver bad results considering all their experience as a search engine?
| 5:40 pm on Dec 22, 2007 (gmt 0)|
The reason SEs like ODP listings is simple; they are verified, human-being reviews of websites.
And let's not have the whole debate again ;)
Yes, ODP isn't perfect, but it is by far the best of the human-reviewed options (name one that comes close? no?), and that gives a little ballast to the machine-gathered results.
And a way to flag up certain rather outdated practices :)
It is perfectly possible that some rogue Y! employee is selling top positions on selected searches for a fee. Just a wee bit unlikely.
| 7:18 pm on Dec 22, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Much thanks for all your advice. ecmedia I think you're right - the guy perhaps assumed I would play ball with Yahoo, assuming he had info that we participate in Google Adwords, and took offence when I said no. Either that or he was aware that inktomi seemed to love our site and thought we shouldn't be getting so much exposure for free.
I hadn't heard of ODP so looked it up (on Google) and am initially impressed. For the meantime it seems there's lots I can do to improve traffic without worrying about Ya who?
| 8:24 pm on Dec 22, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Well, i agree that ODP was a great idea but it is a many tentacled animal that has grown to the point there are not enough mods to properly police the less than scrupulous editors. I thought Yahoo and Google were supposed to be artificial intelligence so why do they feed them hand edited directories?
I think its safe to assume most editors had their own intersts at heart. Who has so much time to give away with no benefit? It is not human nature.
It is more human nature to lie, cheat and steal.
What isn't corrupt, the government, big business ,evangelists? Well,... at least evangelists tell me its gonna cost a buck to save my soul.