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I thought about it; and realized the same day that I posted links between two of my sites that happen to be irrelevant to each other.
I realized after reading the penalty thread in this area that what I had done could have incurred the penalty; in fact, it most likely did, and have since removed the links.
The wierd thing is; I only put a link from one site to the other; and both my sites were penalized. But this makes sense to me.
I haven't seen the link that was caught by yahoo removed yet; I'm wondering, in the next update, is it possible that Yahoo will realize the sites are no longer linking and remove this link; thus ending my penalty?
I have emailed yahoo about this problem; asking if indeed a penalty was implied, and am yet to hear back from them.
Does anyone have any experience as to how a Yahoo penalty can be resolved in this manner? Or how long it takes for Yahoo to update itself and realize the sites are no longer linking?
I wish I could contribute but I have not been able to move beyond ascertaining that I, in fact, have a penalty. I have had quite a few sites dropped from the Search results and despite repeated e-mails to all channels requesting confirmation, I continue to be at a loss as to what the problem may be. Duplicate content? Cross linking? On page? Off page? In the real world of optimization we are pretty tame characters, but it is possible we have crossed a line somewhere.
Without someone being kind enough to say, "yes, you are outside our guidelines, and have therefore been removed from the results", it is all pure speculation.
Tried, convicted and sentenced with no knowledge of the crime is a bit hard to take.
Without traffic from Yahoo my sites are somewhat dead in the water...
I got an email back from Yahoo, in fact I called them too. They gave me an email address, I emailed them the problem, but all I got back was an auto-response about the Yahoo directory...
They gave me the wrong email address obviously.
I was on hold for 20+ minutes too.
Can't say I'm too happy at all right now...
If you want to sticky me your site, I'll gladly take a peek to see if I smell something funny.
I did a search for the both and neither displayed our home page. Just pages with links to our home page. This feels like bad news....
The command site:domain.com produces results, often showing inner pages. Does anyone have good insight as to the differences? It appears to me that if your site does not show using the url:http://www.widget.com
command, your site has been removed from the results.
If I search for site:mydomain.com it shows 2 pages out of 27 (I have around 70k indexed usually). If search for just mydomain.com it pulls up my main page, and if I click the link to see "more pages from this site" it shows 70k pages indexed.
This is a site I've had for many years (archive.org shows files going back to August 2000). I have a lot of external links to the site (PR6 from Google, with some pages having been up to PR7 at times).
This really stinks. Only other weird thing is that when I search for my site's name, an old bigfoot.com/~name comes up first that redirects to my site's main page. My actual URL is nowhere to be found.
I checked and I didn't change my robots.txt file, and my .htaccess file doesn't appear to have any problems.
It seems an odd coincidence that both Yahoo and MSN would penalize my site with 24 hrs of each other after years of no problems. I guess I'll wait to see if I hear back from either Yahoo or MSN. Hopefully I won't wake up tomorrow to find this site is missing from Google as well.
Additionally, Slurp has basically stopped visiting my site since yesterday. msnbot is still crawling my site as usual today.
I don't expect anyone to have ideas - but if there are any - I'm more than happy to hear it. This really stinks.
I checked my overall traffic numbers, and it seems that Yahoo and MSN combined provided about 20% of my traffic. I am thankful it isn't google that booted me (fingers crossed)