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We supplement this free crawl with the paid inclusion program, which allows us to add dynamic database content and other content that we could not otherwise discover and crawl. Currently less than 1% of our index is content that is included via our inclusion programs.
Our paid inclusion programs provide a superior way for sites to interact with us in a clearly structured fashion. These sites get the following
1) Control over which URLs they include in the index (subject to content
2) Frequent refresh
3) Clearly defined way to interact with us (for example: clear feed
4) Quality review and consultation (for feed customers)
5) Detailed reporting to track and optimize performance
6) Customer service
Participation in Yahoo!'s paid inclusion program does not guarantee rank in the search results. URLs are ranked in search results in the same way as all other URLs from the free crawl. The key drivers of ranking are keyword-specific relevance and site quality, as assessed by our regular search relevance algorithms with input from the quality review process.
(Note that Inktomi Index Connect clients are receiving Yahoo! Search traffic going forward, and Inktomi Search Submit customers are receiving a free trial of Yahoo! traffic until 4/15/04.)
We will also be launching free URL submission during the week of 3/1. This service allows content providers to suggest that the crawler should visit a site during the main crawl cycle. This service is different than paid inclusion in two ways:
1) There is no guarantee that we will crawl and include the URL in the index.
2) As this site potentially could be added to the main crawl, Yahoo! Slurp will follow links from that URL.
This service will reside on the Yahoo.com site and be accessible via a Yahoo! login. This service has been available for the AltaVista and Alltheweb Indices previously and the tradition will continue with Yahoo! Search.
Only an idiot would say that. Pathetic "journalism".
The advertising model AOL and Yahoo used for years is dead. (selling advertising to pay the bills) This is the only way that can make a profit these days. While I can understand that, there are still some of us out here that got rip off by their $299 program for directory listings and got nothing but a 15 second visit by some low wage employee that determined the site was not worthy of a Yahoo listing. I'm willing to put the past where it belongs, but Yahoo has got to show some integrity in the future or they are going to have big time problems getting people to give them money again for a maybe game.
Second, I'll eat my computer if public domain sites use this.
It is free for public domain sites. We signed a whole bunch of content providers if you read the release:
As part of the non-commercial channel of CAP, called Public Site Match, Yahoo! Search is working with several content providers from government, academia and other non-profit sectors to help improve search quality and expand the breadth and depth of content users can access through search, including:
•NPR (National Public Radio), an internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of non-commercial news, talk and entertainment programming, will provide access to the audio from its flagship news and information programs.
•Northwestern University’s online OYEZ project contains more than 2,000 hours of Supreme Court audio, including all audio recorded since 1995.
•Library of Congress, the research arm of Congress, is the largest library in the world with more than 128 million items, including 29 million books and other print materials, 12 million photographs and 57 million manuscripts.
Additional CAP partners include The New York Public Library, one of the most renowned libraries in the country; Project Gutenberg, the Web’s oldest producer of free electronic books; University of Michigan’s OAIster project, which provides hard to find academic collections; UCLA’s Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) with content documenting Babylonian history back to 3500 B.C.; Wikipedia, a free, multilingual online encyclopedia with articles in more than 50 languages; and the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), the National Science Foundation’s online library, with more than 250 collections that improve the way Americans learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The OYEZ, CDLI and NSDL projects are all federally funded in part or in whole by the National Science Foundation
But if you get a ranking benefit from this, or if normal informational/business sites get pushed down three (or more) spots by megacorporations, then the antitrust dudes are gonna have a field day.
With this new SiteMatch idea, I kind of presumed that it would be listed alongside other results, sort of the way Google does their Ads on the side, or perhaps atop all the other regular results.
Am I way off with this?
it all comes down to the quality of the free crawl then.
And of a course the ranking algorithm is sane. This likely means thousands more Amazon pages. If they show up first for everything, not many people will think that is a good idea.
I am reading a book by Michael Lewis now and I searched for the book title in both Google and Yahoo and noticed a big difference in Amazon visibility.
Why would Yahoo emphasize a difference between point 1 and 2 if they are both free for commercial and non commercial sites?
How does Yahoo distinguish between a commercial and non-commercial site? The reason I ask is many so called content sites carry a boat load of advertising but sell nothing and are highly profitable where commerce sites tend to carry order pages.
and by the same token, there are sites with huge amount of great content which benefits the public and yet also carry advertising and still make profits.
or did I just repeat your question?
And also there are some commercial sites that it would be bizare if you could not find them in the Yahoo index! (If Yahoo want to become the number 1 search site)
We will just have to wait and see.......
Dow Jones Business News
Yahoo Search Results to Include Paid Links
Tuesday March 2, 2:15 am ET
The move is likely to add fuel to the growing battle between Yahoo and its main rival, Google Inc (News - Websites) ., which has surpassed Yahoo to become the nation's most popular search site.
Google (News - Websites) , of Mountain View, Calif., says it doesn't let advertisers pay to be included in its traditional search results. Google does allow advertisers to pay for promotions that appear alongside search results, but these are clearly labeled as "sponsored links." Google executives say their users favor this neutral, technology-driven approach. (Yahoo also continues to have a separate " sponsored" section for advertisers.)
Sad but true, I hope users worldwide revold on this news though as I think this is not the way to drive the superhighway.
This is not a big highway/freeway cigarette billboard it's supposed to be here for users to see good non-biased search results to assist in what they are looking for.
In my opinion this sucks for surfers, it sucks for the entire world as they just started the first blow against the human machine!
It's all going to turn into a big ugly yellow-page-worldwide-yahoo.com
Just my opinion
my question is: for those of us who work on localised versions of yahoo (japan, germany etc.) is there a schedule for roll out of same system in other languages? can Tim help me out here so i can start planning ahead?