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Yahoo listing changes

     
11:20 am on Mar 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I just happen to be browsing the Yahoo directory today and noticed that they no longer organize their directory like how they used to (one page, all URLs alphabetically). Listings are organized by popularity by default, and are seperated into page numbers. I noticed these pages are no longer having PR associated with them (used to be a PR 6). This is probably because these pages are new to Google. My site is now bumped to the second page because it is now ranked by popularity(6 pages in total).

When I first submitted to Yahoo 2 years ago, I treated this $299 investment as a guranteed PR transfered from an authoritive site. Both Yahoo and Google gave credits to having a Yahoo listing in their SERP. Now it seems like this is not the case anymore. As far as I can tell, google gives less and less importance for directory listings from DMOZ and Yahoo. This $299 you spend for a new listing, you pretty much get nothing in return except for a buried-deep listing that nobody ever sees (unless your site is already VERY popular to begin with).

I will for sure keep my current listing, since it is already quite popular and there is still hope that it will crawl back on the first page of the yahoo category. However, for new listings, it really makes me wonder if it is really worth it to have new sites submitted to Yahoo.