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This level of participation in a webmaster forum from a public search company is truly unprecedented, and is something we definitely would like to continue. However, the shear volume of questions and responses we’ve received has created some threads that have become quite difficult to follow.
So, in order to try and make things a bit easier to follow, I think now would be a good time to move to a Q & A similar to the format that we’ve used in the past in the Google forum.
Here’s how it will work:
Questions will be posted in this thread. We will let this thread run for the next few days. Once we have a solid list of quality questions, this thread will be locked. If/when someone from Yahoo Search decides to respond to a question from this thread, we will split off that particular Q&A into its own thread. Any follow-up questions or discussions will take place in the new thread. Doing this will help us keep everything on-topic.
With that in mind, here are some ground rules:
1. Keep the questions focused on Yahoo Search’s products and services. (No asking Tim what his favorite color is)
2. Keep the questions short and sweet. (You will have the opportunity to get long-winded in any follow-up discussions).
3. No specific site information. (We are not the Yahoo help desk or spam police)
4. Keep the tone positive and professional. (All rants will be nuked)
5. Read the other questions before you post yours. (I hate spending time deleting duplicates).
And finally, please keep in mind that just because you ask, doesn’t mean you will get an answer. There are obviously many questions that Yahoo can’t/won’t answer. And we (Mods/Admins) have no input or control regarding which questions, if any, they choose to answer.
I have had a site in the Yahoo directory since roughly 1998, and always been listed in the Yahoo SERP's until recently when you brought the Ink database back into play. I have been having some problems with the Ink SERP's since I foolishly allowed another domain ext. to redirect to my domain without a 301 or 302 in place. I am working on getting back into the Ink database, but find it strange that you say that sites in the Yahoo directory are getting indexed.
I have sent off an email to yahoo and still awaiting a reply - although I did state in the mail that I understood the workload you guys are under and didn't mind waiting.
Could we have more clarification on the directory being indexed in the SERP's as they are now.
Note: I am also listed in AltaVista with no problems there.
Many thanks for your help it is really appreciated.
Our site is listed in the Y directory and the as you know - the listing was edited by Yahoo. Additionally we also have our home page indexed by the free crawl over 9 months ago.
Why does Yahoo-Search return the directory listing instead of the crawled home page? The directory listing is not inspiring and as such does not get many clickthoughs when it shows up in the SERP and we generally are pretty far up in the SERPS.
What is the thinking in showing the directory listing versus the crawled page? - Is this another way for Yahoo to ensure that a site pays - one way or an other?
I have been monitoring my website for the past 3 weeks and the number of pages being indexed by the main Y! and the geographical Y! is different from each other.
1) How many datacentres does Y! have?
2) Which geographical datacentres is the main Y! connected to?
Thanks and Best Regards,
I tried using the change request form to get my old angelfire address out of the results and it is telling me that the angelfire URL was not found in Yahoo's database. However, when I do a search for the main keyword, it is number 6 in the results. I did a copy and paste of the URL that is listed underneath the result, so it is not a typing error. How can we fix this?
I emailed that address last week but got no reply. My site was dropped withing the last week from Yahoo SERPs. There have been no apparent changes on the site that should get us dropped.
if a site was to copy google in every element..i.e. pr checker toolbar...cached pages in serps...."did you mean spellchecker" on serps...that carried a large amount of advertising.....that carried the exact same hotel reservation database as site after site and simply sent the user to travelcity..i.e its an affiliate website....where all its content is taken from other websites....where there had been past privacy concerns with that site..
would that site be droppped from yahoo?
Aside from paying, what can I do to accelerate the crawl of my site?
I've tried the Free Add Url, and just about everything else I can think of..
My site has disappeared on or around March 18th. So have the sites of a lot of other people. My site is still in the index when I search for sitename.com but not when I search for sitename or any keyword or keyword phrase on the site.
This has happened to a lot of other sites and we have no clue why this happened?
Some of my pages have got listed in Yahoo. Some of the pages listed with correct URLs and some with wrong urls.
Don’t know whether I’m doing something wrong or is this how Yahoo slurp is crawling websites? Please advice.
My client's site was included in the Yahoo Directory at least a couple years ago by a different SEO company. The URL of my client's site changed late last year and we placed a redirect on the site. I've been trying to submit the URL change to Yahoo Directory but never have any luck. I don't know the "magic" email address of the original submitter and neither does my client. So, how do I get thru to Yahoo and get them to change our URL in the Directory?
I've noticed that Yahoo hijack traffic for some profitable searches by placing their services above the search results, now that you are making extra money for the ppc listings will this continue, also if it does not would the change take place across the regional Yahoo's such as UK.
There's been some discussion about 301 redirects, I recently had to move a domain name as I had some issues with the one that I'd had the good fortune to get listed in the UK directory some years back, I put in 301 redirects to the new domain and emailed Yahoo to request the changes as notified by the original acceptance by bizex@yahoo, I've not heard a thing, I know you guys are busy but what is the typical response time to this sort of request, its quite important to us guys.
[edited by: Symbios at 11:08 pm (utc) on Mar. 23, 2004]
The correct site, which is listed in Y's directory, has now vanished from Y's search results completely.
There are no redirects involved with either url.
Y's bot "appears" not to be obeying my robots.txt It appears as though the correct site has been dropped in favour of the site carrying the robots.txt
Any help appreciated?
Further info available where required.
Regards to all
Your site will be reviewed again if the URL is submitted to Site Match. There is no guarantee that it will be accepted. You should follow the content guidelines as I mentioned in a previous post. If you are working with a reseller, they may be able to provide guidance to you as to whether you have potential violations. If you submit a URL and we find that you are no longer in violation of the content guidelines your site will be accepted in Site Match.
In a previous post, it was mentioned that those with penalties should not bother paying for Site Match, because the penalties carried over. Yahoo_mike, are you now saying that this is no longer true? If the needed changes are made to the site, and a Site Match editor deems it appropriate for the index, will the editor manually remove the pre-existing penalty? What if the editor doesn't realize there is a penalty (doesn't properly investigate)?
This one is certainly strange,
slurp and now all the web as well only reads my robots.txt,
and this Ip belongs to Yahoo! Inc.
188.8.131.52 - - [03/Mar/2004:00:03:51 -0500] "GET /espanol HTTP/1.0" 301 329 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows NT 4.0)" IP=Yahoo! Inc.
This is strange though it´s always (this entry is frecuent) the same
index page, though as if that site has something strange in their code:
184.108.40.206 - - [01/Mar/2004:09:47:33 -0500] "GET /sales HTTP/1.0" 301 327 "http://www.splut.com/cgi/visit.cgi" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 98)"
Note that Yahoo tried to get my spanish home page (GET /espanol ) the same one that are indexed as well with an wrong url, as I told on post: [webmasterworld.com...]
won´t copy it though it´s long.
If there is something with some strange 301 matters.... even though I don´t have 301,
when yahoo fix their 301 problem, would I be in automatically?