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This combo of Also Try and Search Shortcuts is a really powerful -- and unique -- way to help users pinpoint and get exactly what they want. That is, verses a search query that just generates a bunch of websites. Anyway, try it out, I think you'll find it helpful.
ok, the outside of yahoo changed, but when the inside is going to change Mike? it takes centuries to get a reply for our sites that are in yahoo yet not in yahoo. I cut my hopes that i will get this resolved during my lifetime and included a paragraph in my will for my grandsons to keep my email active and check it daily in case yahoo responds and clarifies something.
Do agree that sometimes there is far too much above the actual results that are non ppc or promotional.
Would prefer to see all promos or ads on the left and real searches shown top of page.
regarding striking similar UI, it's ok to copy ideas to have a clean and uncluttered interface. But, the implementation, like elimination of the tabs and replacing it with links, and uniform color for sponsored ad boxes is imho, a bit too much.
It just don't have the value factor for me to even try to search in yahoo, though i been using yahoo for several purposes, for the past 6+ yrs.
however, still even with my large screen i see huge portion of my screen occupied with stuff i did not ask for! ads in the middle (worst thing probably for me about the new layout) on the right, recommendations. these elements are nice or necessary but they occupy way too much real estate on the new layout, probably like 25-30% at lest if not much more in smaller screens? something like that is not directly linked to what user is looking for! the search results; the actual pages.
also the recommendation feature is good and accurate if you search for 'Florence', but when i searched for armenia and hit show all in included some suggestions that make no sense because there are no such things. in another word recommendation feature needs to be little smoother for sure.
see the good think about google is that they build such a brand man when i think clear i see google, when i think accurate i see google, when i think no pushy in their ads again i see google... and so on.
i personally never used yahoo at least as long as google is around and layout change will for sure not effect that. i have had troubles in numerous occasions with google search, web services, adsense and whenever i wrote to them i got a reply that actually helped in less than 24 hours. i did my best this last 6 months to figure out my yahoo trouble, contacted your guys numerous time Mike. i even pmed you here months ago twice asking for guidance and you did not even care to answer and say something like "sorry i am busy" etc. that is what i care first about yahoo as a webmaster, not your googleish color schema or layout.
i know i am going off the topic yet i hope Y! gets the idea. anyway, i will go back now to greping my logs for Yahoo! Slurp.
My only gripe is the top PPC adds do sometimes obscure results and although it's good for advertisers with the true serps below the fold could be negative with searchers over medium to long term
Take joe surfer with 800 X 600 set
I.E. whatever he searches for he may allways see the same results in view on yahoo , if he does not scroll down over a period of time he may leave Yahoo as he does not even realise truly relevent results for his query can be seen if he scrolls down the page so medium to long term he may leave yahoo and move back to Google etc.
Unsure how you could ensure if placing adds only at the side how to stop looking even more like G but hey glad to say your problem not mine
The front page is nice. Les stark than google search, which is going to appeal to a big audience that likes colors and graphics and a "GUIer" feel, but at the same time, manages to be very clean and fast loading, for all us tech-heads out there.
Well done. When it gets rolled out fully, it will definitely find its way into my SE bookmarks. Which says a lot, because right now that space is reserved for specialized engines and google alone.
Kicks the MSN search's butt around the block.
And the real estate taken up by sponsored results for some popular searches appears to be about the same.
I'm not seeing the ads, is that because I'm in the UK.
SERPS look pretty much the same so I'm guessing there's no new algo to play with, also will you be updating your algo and stop manually banning sites because they participate in commonly used link exchange programmes and I'm not talking about automated links being added or link farms.
I'm guessing the search box interface on the other areas is just up there for beta testing - I understand the search side of it - if you're searching - type something in a box, click go - didn't find what you want, refine your search, or go somewhere else and try again.
I'd think the news, maps, directory, finance?, are the sorts of area people like to browse, and have search facility.
I know when I'm looking around for general news, I'll head to the bbc / reuters / cnn / google, read the headlines, and browse a few categories I'm interested in - I wouldn't really type anything in a search box unless I'm researching a topic and then I'd probably use the general web search box and expect relevant articles returned as part of those results.
I like the clean and attractive layout (probably because I'm outside the US:) from new.search.yahoo.com, although I have some remarks to do:
The search by date is also somewhat limited, there is no way, as far as I know, of searching for pages before or between a date range... and, in this case, once upon a time inktomi had a powerful search syntax:
I wish success to the new yahoo search engine. I will look forward to see the implementation of the altavista and alltheweb powerful search syntax, after all yahoo already has the experts!