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I just submited a site this morning.
Time for a chargeback
AAAHHH...finally, the most intelligent method I ever heard of for getting listed on Yahoo. Since their listings are so bad and never updated, just submit to them, use credit card, do a chargeback, do you really think the person at billing will remember to tell the directory guy to pull it out? No way, you're in you're in for good...
I love it!
PS The reason I have this attitude to yahoo is I once paid their expen$ive fee and didn't get in and the guy was really rude about it. Although I now understand that the site I submitted wasn't that user friendly when I submitted it, as a small non-profit site it's a lot of money to spend to not get in and then be treated rudely by the guy as he rejects you. (It wasn't spam site or anything bad, just poorly designed).
Having said that - a monopoly is never a good thing - it's like we just got kicked in the stomach by the last update & now this is like a kick in the head while your down.
I can't imagine why Yahoo would do that - it won't improve Yahoo's number of visitors much, Yahoo is a brand name & people use it because they always have. What they will lose is the $299 directory fees. Given that they make over $1million a week on that little operation - they could see a huge drop in revenues.
Congrats to Google though - they deserve all the success that comes their way - gotta hand it to them.
Well in the last week I have had loads & loads of non-relevant visitors from google - seems like our site is good for any search except for searches that relate to what we are about - so I guess it's going to be mirrored by Yahoo searches now. Had a real good position in Yahoo - oh well. Of course it'll be great when we get our position in Google back from the abyss.
Yeah...a webmaster friend submitted 2 sites to Yahoo in February and was denied a listing. He did a chargeback on the credit card and Yahoo has not challanged to this date. They probably don't even know which site the charge originated from.
NoCarrier - Not completely true. I have a fairly new site that was #1 in Y! for my search term...had all the search phrase in the title. Now it does not exist. When Google updates this month it will. So why do I need to pay? I don't.
Thirdly - I'm glad they went with Google - but I would of been equally pleased with Fast or even the new Wisenut index which is shaping up nicely. After all, it's important to have some real COMPETITION in any business.....
I wonder how this may affect Google, as now people do not need to go to Google they can check their emails through Yahoo and get a valid and accurate search from Yahoo now.
A search for my key term has millions of results... and there are only 50 sites on the Yahoo directory page. Fifty. How many people will click the red arrow to lead to "more sites: directly on this topic"? I don't know, but if you aren't there, you are making a major error. It does depend on the category of course, with smaller ones more valuable, but if you aren't on the first page of the results, you definitely should be in the directory.
It used to be that you could pay $299 to be displayed on a default page with pretty non-relevant results. Now for $299 you get to that irrelevant results page by clicking the Directory link in the upper right, but you also get a direct link from the red arrows next to whatever are the top search results on the default search, and that red arrow link is to the much more useful dir.yahoo.com page not the more gibberishy search.yahoo.com/search/dir page.
In general, this is a huge improvement across the board for those in the directory -- and obviously more so if the Yahoo directory takes ODPs place as the Google Directory. The only people hurt are those who are in the directory who happened to rank well on the search.yahoo.com/search/dir page.
The way I see it, I am always now one click away from people being able to see my listing, and that is awesome (partly because the Yahoo editors did okay with my description).
The only downside I see is there will be more !mysite.com listings to get at the top of the alphabetical lists.
you still get exactly what you pay for
I disagree. While legally and perhaps even ethically you “get what you pay for,” this has to do with basic supply/demand; and Yahoo hasn’t been grossing a million dollars a week from webmasters (as someone in another thread pointed out) for a possible little red arrow next to their Google results. The phrase should be “Yahoo will get what they deliver,” which is nothing but a stupid little arrow.
I find this one of most fascinating things that has ever happened on the web. Yahoo goes pure Google! I bet you won’t find that one in the 2002 prediction thread.
P.S. – This is one affiliate not jumping out of any windows.
Think about it..... you just hit #1 on Google for "widgets" ... but your Y! desc. says it sells "bodgets" back when that was your focus. You will pay to update the listing so you can get "widgets" in there so it will be bolded and increase your clickthrough.
This is the same for all the sub pages on your site too if they begin to rank well. Say your site is massive, you can pay $50 or whatever to add a page to Yahoo's database, so that when that sub-page shows up, your description is geared towards the focus and search terms of that specific page.
Yahoo could in fact make much more money by opting for this type of directory submission over the traditional one. And since the sites are now ranked by Google (a non-biased or paid-for search), then Y! can get revenue from these directory descriptions and still be in accordinace with the FTC as disclosing them as "non-paid" or "relevant search" ... a major advantage of INK. And since users will undoubtedly like these SERPs more, their revenues from OVER should increase as well, and their 10% stake in Google will increase that much more in value....so it is completely win-win for Y! anyway you look at it.
even if you didn't like Yahoo SERP's at least they were different from Google... now everything is the same – jaytierney
But it’s not the same, actually from the searches I’ve run, the results are much better, in fact cleaner in Yahoo! It’s as if the irrelevant results have been reduced. I still see a few irrelevant sites slip through but in general the first 100 results look good. It really depends on the industry I suppose.
A lot of website promoters would pay $300 for a Yahoo directory listing just for the Google boost, regardless of traffic results from the directory. - mayor
Now mayor, saying something like that is just …well…so reasonable and, well sane. As long as the results stay as clean as this and the weight of Yahoo’s listings rate high, it may continue to be worth the cost.
As always, it comes down to budget. I reach for the best strategy and coverage I can get for the dollar. That $300 might be better spent by joining a few industry associations and boosting theme, authority and popularity. Not to mention the networking possibilities and that whole ‘linking outside the box’ [webmasterworld.com]movement I tried to get started.
Google actually likes us to spread our eggs so for those who worry that those efforts are wasted might want to take another look at their strategies. Everybody wants it to be so easy and not put the time or effort into actual site promotion as I believe is needed. That includes at the very least intelligent linking with unlimited possibilities for drawing traffic from not just the search engines but all the peripheral venues.
Yahoo doesn't end up looking so stupid if Google replaces ODP category matches with Yahoo categories - WebGuerrilla
if you aren't on the first page of the results, you definitely should be in the directory. – steveb
From a quality and common sense point of view its hard to see Google using the YAHOO! directory in place of ODP. Maybe YAHOO! could use the ODP in place of its directory and then accept paid submissions to the YAHOO! version of it. [not likely]
In any case if you do SEO and have a solid grasp on Google, you are golden at least for the moment.
Google domination sucks. My area is completely scattered with terrible spam results in the most recent google update and now they show on Yahoo.
I had $600 i was ready to give Yahoo this week, now they wont be seeing a penny from me. I dont see how this wont kill their incoming revenue from site submissions.
I just sent a nasty email to Yahoo telling them how crappy this change is and that I am definitly not renewing with them!
How can Yahoo justify these changes? Why would they change the default search results from their own paid listings to someone elses crappy search results. I did a search for one of my keywords and out of the 1st 20 reslults 7 of them were SPAM!
The results DO look good on the default page. Befroehand desfault searches in Yahoo in areas i search came up with a list of company sites and commercial sites - hardly anything useful unless you wanted to buy something, and some listings were only very broadly related.
That said I hope some other databases are intergrated soon. This shows the Y! still sees Search as a major part of their portal.
Y! may have been making a lot from their paid listings, but it was at the expense of their SERPS. People would have slowly and surely drifted to Google and others for better results anyway as they became more sophisticated. Anybody notice how much easier it was to get non-commercial sites into the Y! directory for free over the past 3 or 4 months. They had already realised that directory inclusion fees were degrading the informational value of their Search as a whole. This just solved their problem, and is a bold move.
Y! also discloses more clearly now on what are paid results.
1. Wow will this increase my Yahoo referals..
2. Any good Google seo is worth his/her weight in Gold
3. I thought you Americans had a very strong anti-cartel agency?
How can two companies, together owning 60% plus market share of a business segment make such a deal?
Is that the reason why a third party must be included?
4. I agree that in 6 months Yahoo will wake up to their renewal turn-down.
Paying 299 just for the link towards Google's algo..how many people understand that?
5. The ideas mentioned on including Inktomi could be interesting.
Your page is not in Google, you cannot wait two or three months? Go for paid spidering/inclusion. How they would mix the two algo's is another question.
5. Googles new description, first check DMOZ, if not available use Yahoo, if not available let the algo decide.