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It appeared like this in a log I found YahooSeeker/1.0(Mozilla4.0;MSIE5.5;http://search.yahoo.com/yahooseeker.html)
but on further investigation the following is found:
Yahoo! Product Search is a new beta search tool designed to help consumers find a comprehensive listing of products available on the Web. Product Search enables consumers to search through millions of items from thousands of merchants, to find, compare, and buy almost anything.
Worse than google adwords, because Yahoo gives the option to sort prices 'low to high'.
If these things ever catch on, we'll have to 'thank them' for all the bandwidth they'll save us, because potential customers will no longer have to be inconvenienced with actually coming to our website.
Can you say 'price war' among your dumbest competitors?
jeff weiner of Yahoo Search did mention (at SES san jose) that they were very pleased with their new product comparison product and I guess this is what he was referring to. I think digitial cameras was the example.
From what I gathered, I think they are doing site/product with separate crawlers of some type to handle the structured data.
I think they need to lay down very clear lines to merchants on how to set-up the datafeed, and then get a majority of their content in data-feeds before launching the search. Otherwise customers will come to them and run away because of the irrelevant results.
A whole new world of SEO
...they need to lay down very clear lines to merchants on how to set-up the datafeed, and then get a majority of their content in data-feeds...
Yup - that's how they do it. When you sign up, you get instructions for the datafeed: code, product-url, name, description, price, image-ur, shopping-category, upc, condition, classification, availability, isbn, medium, and language.
Should that stop a bot from getting page.asp?id=1 or have I got this bit wrong? :(
For me, I dont see the harm in the pages it has taken, it may actually be very beneficial. If Yahoo's new search (I assume they're building an engine around this?) is anything like google's technology it may make a nice test-bed for me to un-exclude these pages anyway :) But are they violating robots.txt?
Cool, just noticed they're getting movies too! :)