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Would still like to know if anyone has a site hosted by yahoo and might be able to give me more information regarding my original question...
if you have a site hosted by yahoo, will it show up in yahoo web search results. I realize that yahoo is still getting it's results from google and that that may change soon.
Would a site hosted by yahoo automatically get shuffled into the new search database when they switched?
Also bare in mind that when submitting for free your site is automaticly raned lower than a site which has paid the $39.95 to be included. I remember hearing from an Ink. exec. about this a long time ago. Thats right guys and girls, Ink ranks your site lower if you dont pay (suprise suprise).
I would doubt very very much that Yahoo stores will get auto. added to Yahoo's new index.
As far as ranking lower in ATW if you arent on paid inclusion can you provide me with a link on this info as have never heard of it before.
As for saying that Yahoo would have a small index if they dropped paid listings, sorry again but this is sooo not true.
Yahoo now own Ink, FAST and AV. Thats 3 paid indexes they have at their disposal, on top of those in the Y directory.
It would make PERFECT sense for them to drop the free listings for commercial sites, after all this is what they did with the Y directory didnt they!...you have to pay if you are commercial to get in and non-commercial is free so it makes sense that if their business approach remains the same they will follow this route.
Alternatively I can see them putting free to the bottom..remember they are a business, they own 3 paid inclusion programs and they own Overture (nearly)....but remember the main thing:
If they use pure Ink then free sites will get ranked lower anyway ..
On the other hand, if you do a free submit (providing that your site is linked properly) they will index your entire website.
The problem, as SuzziJ points out, is that if there are 20 paid for sites in your category that are all optimized well, then your shot.
If Yahoo does go to complete paid for inclusions, then their searches will become less relevant. People are smart enough that they will see these poor search results and stop using Yahoo. This was part of Yahoo's original problem and (at least I beleive) is the main reason they started using Google for their search results.
But WHAT DO I KNOW, i truly am just onedumbear and don't really feel comfortable calling myself a webmaster... i get by though.
SO IM still hoping for some more input to my original question.
Within Web Directory results, there may also be links where the Web site owners have paid for the expedited review of their site or for clicks to their site. These sites are ranked using the normal algorithm applied to all links within each section, with no change in rank due to payment.
Within Web Page results, there may be links where the Web site owners have paid for either expedited review of their site or paid for clicks to their site. These sites are ranked using the normal algorithm applied to all links within each section, with no change in rank due to payment.
This can be found by clicking on the ABOUT link next to WEB DIRECTORY SITES and WEB PAGES when you do a search from MSN.
The MSN directory results currently are listed above the web results when you do a search. It's a "good place to be", especially free...