Think logically no traffic will be sent from yahoo directory. You are basically paying 300/year for a very expensive backlink. The one positive factor to it is that google counts that backlink and it my boost your ranking on google... from my experience Yahoo only accounts for 10-15% of total traffic at most. However google is the majority, so if you are not doing well on google, you need more backlinks, and you have 300/year sitting around i would get it. however there are better and FREE ways to get good back links.
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With Yahoo! WEB RESULTS (not paid) we have one site (that was once downgraded by Google) and now generates about 40% traffic (vs. Google which results in only 25%).
Little off topic. But diversification pays.
> $299 is not a lot of money for any businesses.
I can list you 299 sites that ask only 10 bucks to be included in their directory. 10 dollars is not a lot of money for any business. Would you go for it?
>>I can list you 299 sites that ask only 10 bucks to be included in their directory. 10 dollars is not a lot of money for any business. Would you go for it?
Sorry, it's all about quality, not quantity. I'd rather have one valuable link than 30 worthless ones.
It sounds like you see the Yahoo Directory a a quality paid link.
That is the only thing you get with Yahoo Directory.
The only reason you would do that is for Google ranking.
I am so disgusted with Yahoo, I have quit all pay per click advertising, quit paid submission and if I know knew that Google now longer valued a back link from Yahoo Directory I would drop that in a NY second.
The organic results in Yahoo are just bizarre and what ever method they use to filter for quality needs to be scrapped and completely redesigned from scratch.
Sorry if this sounds a little like a rant but I have been watching Yahoo organic search results getting worse with every algo update for two years.
Yahoo directory is a "paid" link...i would think that G would already devalue it...no?
>Yahoo directory is a "paid" link...i would think that G would already devalue it...no?
Than what about Yellow Pages, Better Business Bureau? They are also directories where you have to pay for inclusion.
Could it be that a link in the Yahoo! directory is more about trust than traffic or PR today?
It's not worth it.
>>Yahoo directory is a "paid" link...i would think that G would already devalue it...no?
No, in fact Google encourages it.
|No, in fact Google encourages it. |
Google once did but may no longer. I don't see the reference in its Guide page, do you?
I have noticed a slow deflation of traffic from Yahoo in the last few months. It has coincided with my not renewing my Yahoo directory link. I know many people say that a paid directory link has no effect on your positioning in Yahoo, but I find it odd that my Yahoo traffic is down 40% over a few months ago while google is holding steady.
> Yahoo directory is a "paid" link...i would think that G would already devalue it...no?
I think the thing is that there's no guarantees of inclusion and you're paying for the review, so it's not quite the same as most 'paid' links.
ichthyous, i agree with the yahoo getting a clue part. they don't even know how to utilize the huge international presence they have with the yahoo messenger. everyone and their mothers use yahoo messenger in mongolia, but i have not even seen one single ad targeting the mongolian demographic from yahoo. it's a shame really. especially given how much money they are missing out on...
sorry to get off tangent. thanks everyone for their thoughts on the matter. i think i might be staying away from yahoo directory if nothing is changed.
Yes to me (a small new business) $299 is a lot. Especially with the very mixed and negative comments in this thread.
Yahoo need to get with the program and reduce their prices. As others have said there are many ways we can spend our dollars.
You would think that with their poor and declining share of the market share of the market that they would be looking at ways to improve subscribers hits and experiences.
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