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2:25 pm on Jul 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Your feed *should* be in the My Yahoo! directory. While our RSS directory is growing every day, we aim to be every bit as inclusive as Feedster, Technorati, Syndic8 and the like.

So here's where we need your help: please make sure your feed (and the ones you care about) are in the My Yahoo! directory and working properly. How? Add 'em yourself -- here's how: [my.yahoo.com...]

Then make sure the Y! FeedSeeker is fetching your feeds often enough. As always, your feedback is welcome: [add.yahoo.com...]

Thanks!

10:02 pm on July 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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How does Yahoo! decide which RSS feeds to show when someone types in a keyword query? Or do they penalize anything that is also penalized in the search results? I noticed that the only way to find my site's RSS feed is to type in the domain name. It used to show up when you typed in keywords.

(And WHY on earth can't Yahoo tell sites why they are penalized. {sigh}

12:04 am on July 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>> we aim to be every bit as inclusive as Feedster, Technorati, Syndic8 and the like

Uhm... I hope the directory experience of Yahoo! will be put to use in this area, so we can get a better classification of feeds than what those sites offer.

I wonder if the placement in "My" is permanent? I'd like to see it "on the outside" (eg in the directory), ie. without logging in - if Yahoo! does a good job of organizing those feeds this could also become the place to look for newsreader food, not just items to display in My Yahoo!.

(admitted, i have pages that are really my pages and a lot of "My" pages on various portals as well, so i don't really use the ones i don't own - still, i'm a heavy user of good directories)

12:45 am on July 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Did the WW folks kill it?

I went to add some feeds and got some of them added and now suddenly it says:

Add to My Yahoo!


We're sorry this service is temporarily not available.

12:52 am on July 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It is back. Fastest tech support I ever saw.
1:46 am on July 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Had mine already in there so I'm guessing it is or will be listed. It's listed in the results page also ("View as XML"). Nice.

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2:21 am on July 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is this still worth anything?

[api.my.yahoo.com...]

2:52 pm on July 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Feedster doesn't ask me to sign-up for a free-as-in-mortgage-application account, uncheck dozens of spam systems, detect an almost hidden "there are still more spam systems defaulting to YES I WANT SPAM" box, then uncheck still more SPAM systems, just to have my feed inluded in their search engine.

And if Feedster did that, they probably wouldn't reset their SPAM systems periodically, defaulting them back to YES I WANT SPAM as Yahoo! has done in the past.

I like Yahoo! but I have yet to care eough about getting sites included to go thru the steps required. Let'em find my stuff and rely on the other engines for placement... seems to work just fine.

6:22 pm on July 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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please make sure your feed (and the ones you care about) are in the My Yahoo! directory

Am I reading it correct that number of people who have a particular feed in their "my yahoo" will determine the popularity and hence ranking of that feed?

6:25 pm on July 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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To add your feed without having a Yahoo account this works:
[e.my.yahoo.com...]
2:36 am on July 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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OK, Mike. I added an RSS feed at MyYahoo today. & I was wondering...

There's this 1 site that I care about that has 1000 pages classified into about 10 categories.

There is an RSS feed for:
10 most recently updated pages for the entire site.
10 most recent updated pages in category 1.
10 most recent updated pages in category 2.
...
10 most recent updated pages in category 10.

Also, each of the 1000 individual pages has it's own rss feed. :)

Some people will really only be interested in that single page. Some pages change several times/day. Some almost never change.

The most typical user at the site will signup for 1 (or a small handful) of the individual page rss feeds.

So you'd like me to submit all 1000+ feeds on this site or what?

6:44 pm on July 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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hum....lots of questions..few answers..seems to be the way.....
1:20 am on July 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Feedster doesn't ask me to sign-up for a free-as-in-mortgage-application account, uncheck dozens of spam systems, detect an almost hidden "there are still more spam systems defaulting to YES I WANT SPAM" box, then uncheck still more SPAM systems, just to have my feed inluded in their search engine.

I didn't have to do any of this. Sunday night I went to My Yahoo, fed it the link for my RSS feed, clicked save changes, and was done in about 20 seconds. Was checking the referrers this morning and noticed my site was already updated in Yahoo and showed the RSS links in the listing.

10:16 am on July 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I found my answer:

As part of making it easy to find and add RSS headlines to My Yahoo!, we are building an RSS directory.
[my.yahoo.com...]

As their current directory entry on RSS [dir.yahoo.com] isn't all that great (comprehensive), this is very nice :)

The "RSS byline" also looks good in the SERPS, imho, and the "Add to My Yahoo!" preview is very nice as well. In fact, the more i think about it, making "My Yahoo!" an "online newsreader" seems like the right thing to do, especially considering the long term. It fits in quite well with the other web services Yahoo's running.

7:47 pm on July 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm trying to convince the powers that be at my company to create some feeds and specifically to add the "AddToMyYahoo" button to the site.

Does anyone have any numbers as to approximatly how many people have "MyYahoo" accounts?

5:45 am on July 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I didn't have to do any of this. Sunday night I went to My Yahoo, fed it the link for my RSS feed, clicked save changes, and was done in about 20 seconds. Was checking the referrers this morning and noticed my site was already updated in Yahoo and showed the RSS links in the listing.

That's because you already have a yahoo account. You already signed up, unchecked all the options, went deeper to the "other options", etc etc etc.

10:55 am on July 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I hate to tell you this but your "my yahoo" rss feeds are already being used for "spam" results.

Discovered it by accident. PM me if you'd like a culprit site. I would guess that publishing the website doing it would be bad taste if not against WW rules.

Is there a place to report this on Yahoo other than the "catch all / ignore most" suggestion box?

12:38 am on Aug 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This url might be particular handy for yahoo users as it takes me about 10 minutes to find it each time I want to add an RSS feed.

[e.my.yahoo.com...]

It really should be right on the "add content" page, but it's not.