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I cannot see any matching decrease on other search engine referrals, so thatough I would ask here. Using the site:domain.com it appears that most of the pages are still indexed, so I'm not sure what happened...
Anyone know of anything going on at Yahoo that could cause such a thing?
In our case, we offer the largest selection and lowest prices in our entire industry (we check our competitors daily). Most of them have 4,000-5,000 products online... we have 25,000. This is really discouraging, because when someone searches for a product in our industry, the chances are they would find it at a low price with us, but instead are getting all kinds of 'junk' results now that we've been dropped. (All of our pages are also still indexed with them when I check individual ones).
I know that Yahoo depends on good search results, or users will not use them, and they will not suceed as a search engine. I can't for the life of me figure out why then Yahoo has made such a drastic change. Could it be for the 'leaders' to then be forced into paid listings to enhance revenue? If they don't produce good natural search results, then they won't have any long term revenue regardless.
I think Yahoo is a great organization and is a great search engine. I'm just really disappointed with this turn of events in their algorithm that I think is off base. With any kind of luck, they will realize this quickly and correct it.
Just my two cents!
What I did was entered the KW’s and went from page to page using the IE find function and looked for my domain name on the SERP. It’s not so painful to do as you may think. Just see if you are list w/o the www in your domain name somewhere very deep.
Could it be for the 'leaders' to then be forced into paid listings to enhance revenue?
the link between serps and Yahoo's own links can easily be seen from a search for one of the large travel sites, this normally brings up a Yahoo travel link coded as travel_competitor. Other travel searches will bring up a different yahoo search facility.
I'm not saying the original poster was right but that there is a clear link between serps and how Yahoo handles the return for a given query.
If the ads do have an effect on the placement in their SERPs for a page, I have news for (Y), there are too many people that are making more money from adsense ads than from visitors from (Y) for them to pull their adsense ads. If that is indeed the case, then (Y) is pulling what I call an ‘altavista’. For those who weren’t around back then, several years ago when altavista was the #1 search engine, they would remove your pages from their index if you complained about the SERPs. Like if you reported a spammer. That was the beginning of the end for them.
Still indexed but still ranking in the same spots? Probably just a shift, i'm sure others on the same day actually saw an increase in Yahoo traffic.