Does Google count Yahoo outbound directory links anymore?
3:43 am on Apr 11, 2005 (gmt 0)
Hi, I have a couple of inbound links from Yahoo directory. I was wondering if Google counts them now. I checked with Google (link:) command but couldn't find any Yahoo entries. Anyone has experience?
4:51 pm on Apr 11, 2005 (gmt 0)
Google link: search only shows a few sites, not all. Therefore a yahoo link probably will be noticed but not shown as a backlink.
5:23 pm on Apr 11, 2005 (gmt 0)
Yahoo doesn't link directly to your site (anymore?). It uses a redirect script which lies on a different domain (rds.yahoo.com). This domain is forbidden to crawl via robots.txt exclusion, and therefore the link will be invisible to google and all other search engines.
6:44 pm on Apr 11, 2005 (gmt 0)
However, there are Yahoo affiliates, who link directly, some of them have a veeeery nice PR.
6:51 pm on Apr 11, 2005 (gmt 0)
Yahoo backlinks show up lots of the time. Nothing mysterious here.
2:33 am on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)
Hmm... I'm seeing two conflicting opinions from seppyr and steveb. Anyone else can clarify?
3:02 am on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)
Yahoo doesn't link directly to your site (anymore?). It uses a redirect script which lies on a different domain (rds.yahoo.com).
I see dir.yahoo.com/... listed as backlinks all the time.
3:05 am on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)
There are also local Yahoo, like asia.yahoo.com, uk.yahoo.com, au.yahoo.com etc... Those link directly. If you are accepted in the main Yahoo directory, your site will automatically appear in all local Yahoo's as well, and those have the same importance and do show as a backlink, but the main Yahoo directory doesn't.
Though UK Yahoo has not been updated for quite a while, at least for my category.
3:07 am on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)
I'd like to see evidence that they count (backlinks showing up), since logic says they shouldn't be counted.
I have yet to see Yahoo backlinks show up.
3:32 am on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)
The very first site I checked showed a dir.yahoo.com backlink. Some of you guys gotta get out more...
4:00 am on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)
Steveb is right. It took a couple of tries, but I checked a random url, jer.com, and indeed the backlink is there.
I still don't see why, unless Google has a custom workaround for the Yahoo directory...
4:56 am on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)
I looked into this quite a while ago, when Yahoo still had a business relationship with Google. Even then there was a redirect through that subdomain that was theoretically off-limits to spiders, but Google had the backlinks anyway - either by doing the spidering anyways by special permission, or maybe by simply stripping out the redirect portion of the URL.