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12:03 pm on Feb 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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According to some reports [news.com.com] yahoo is now ack'ing [webmasterworld.com] that the change to their "internally powered results" is offical. eg: goodbye Google.
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I'm impressed with some of their results. I can actually find what I need instead of being served other directory sites, amazon, shopping.msn, blogs, .GOV sites, .EDU sites etc.
They definitely blow Google out of the water in this area.

I'm not too keen with the all OV listings above the fold on 800x600, I hope that can be toned down.

Other than that, well done Yahoo.

Ditto what msgraph said, except in my 'city name' serps they did a good job of bringing in the right .edu and local gov sites. I'd say they're getting a small bit of authority boost. Knocked me out of a few spots, but I'll survive. Yep, well done Yahoo.

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None of my PFI is differentiated.

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1:45 pm on Feb 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, EM, wonder if they'll do it on-page......
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> None of my PFI is differentiated.

I think we should look for that to change.

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Thank you YAHOO!

Google shot me down for the last few months and Yahoo brought me back to my rightful place I have had for many years!

I will tell everyone I know to use YAHOO!

Spread the word and set your home page to YAHOO!

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Always nice to see some competition in the search market. Yahoo! appears to have done just that. Between the news here at WebmasterWorld and throughout the webmastering community, maybe we can get some balance in our lives. ;)

So, is this to be called Y!nktomi?

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Everyone (that I have checked) of my PFI pages has the tracking code h**p://rdre1.yahoo.com/click?u=

Everyone (that I have checked) of my non-PFI pages does not!

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I like the sound of Yahink!

On the free listings that I just took a look at they seem to use the same url as the PFI ones.

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Ditto what msgraph said, except in my 'city name' serps they did a good job of bringing in the right .edu and local gov sites. I'd say they're getting a small bit of authority boost. Knocked me out of a few spots, but I'll survive. Yep, well done Yahoo.

Likewise. I was set to be disappointed, but instead most of the results are as good and in some cases better than Google. Indeed, they like what I do. For the first time I'm number one on some searches that I had not been number one on. And where I get beat, I understand it.

I know some hobbyist who really work the search engines and everyone of them are Google users. They have not been happy of late. I'm going to get them to try Yahoo and see what they think.

I also compared MSN to Yahoo as well as Google. On ten searches--which are not enough--I'd have to say that MSN was in there pitching hard, but still third place.

Does Yahoo beat Google now in search results? I'd have to say yes.

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Yeh this is definatly good to see.
Back to number one :-)
Lets hope the world at large start using Yahoo in preference to Google.....
you never know!
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A short item from WSJ this morning:
Yahoo Inc. will begin using its own technology Wednesday to conduct searches on its network of Web sites, displacing Google Inc., its one-time ally turned rival. Visitors to Yahoo's U.S. Web site will be the first to experience the changes. Over the next couple of weeks, Yahoo, Sunnyvale, Calif., will introduce its own Web technology world-wide. Once the conversion is complete, Yahoo says its search technology will power nearly half of online searches in the U.S. That includes searches on other sites that use Yahoo technology, such as Microsoft Corp.'s MSN service. The introduction of Yahoo's own search technology marks the company's formal break with Google. Yahoo began using Google's search technology in 2000, when Google was a little-known start-up. But Google, of neighboring Mountain View, Calif., has since morphed into one of Yahoo's biggest competitors for directing computer users around the Web.--The Wall Street Journal
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I love the new Y! SERPS. My traffic has increased two fold, and my revenue increased 10 fold yesterday!

Another few days like that and I'll start more sites...

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Yahoo!

Thats what 90% of all webmasters are going to push in the next month.

GG - it's time to make a move. G seems to have lost alot of webmaster confidence and the timing could not be more perfect for Yahoo!

It would appear the results at Yahoo! will more than likely please everyone.

I for one am real happy.

Now we would love! to see G get the quality back with a bang as well! We're all still die hard G fans (whether we admit to it or not).

2:16 pm on Feb 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm very happy with Yahoo. Search results are excellent.
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The "Cached" pages show BETA on the right, to bad they don't date the cache.
2:20 pm on Feb 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Fantastic.

Just what the internet needed - a good shake up and some market share redistribution.

TJ

2:23 pm on Feb 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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What I really like, is that you can have two pages from the same site in the top 10. While Google indents the second result, Yahoo might place it 2 to 3 spots down -- a lot more chances of being hit this way.

So far, I am :)

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EVERYONE fill out the form on the bottom of the searches on YAHOO!

Have feedback on your search results? Let us know.

They have a nice little survey.

Let them know we love the results, and how great they are doing!

Let them hear our appreciation.

Please tell everyone to do this if you are happy.

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My traffic total increased by 20%, finally I am back to action after Google deserted me.
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Cool! RSS feed list in SERPs with the possibility to add it to your My Yahoo account.
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One thing that I have noticed with the new Yahoo results is that they include pages with absurdly long urls that are generated by my dynamic site. Google doesn't seem to like to crawl long urls.
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thank god for yahoo
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Just had a look and like what i see.

Even if its not fully ink/yahoo serps yet, my yahoo traffic is up 30 - 40 %

3:09 pm on Feb 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm still seeing Google results.

FWIW, I seem to rank about the same in Google and Inktomi, at least for the major keyphrases that I track. So I'm cautiously optimistic--but I'll be watching my stats carefully over the next day or two. :-)

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I think I am seeing Google results again...pages from 2004 are back in Yahoo results.
3:16 pm on Feb 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm thrilled! Not only do I like the results I see, but Yahoo also loves my sites! This is absolutely fabulous!
3:22 pm on Feb 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Looks great for my category - BUT - Y!/Ink only indexes 40 of my pages vs. 1,600 for Google

I am going to start a new thread about getting spidered by Ink. It has been covered before but it is more important today, due to the switch.

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Having gone from not included to #2 and #3, I'm pleased for now - but the index is referencing my old shtml pages, which I changed probably three months ago to html. Doesn't seem to be too current as far as my site.

Of course, they can just keep it like it is and I won't complain :)

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Hmmm. I take it the doom-prophets who have for years been saying that the day Yahoo drops Google they will be finished are now possibly reconsidering their positions!
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This is great news! Some good competition will be good for google as well. They will be forced to start showing good results again or be deserted to Yahoo. This takes a big chunk of the market away from google.
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