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Does the same apply to yahoo too? If only home page is listed under site:mysite.com command.. then can this be any type of penalty?
Nope, not unless there's a reason for a penalty. I've had a "coming soon" page up on a site that Google's been all over this past week, with only the original *nothing* page in Yahoo - no penalty, there's no reason for one.
It can easily mean that the rest of the site hasn't been indexed yet, but you'll have to see whether it's been crawled. And make sure nothing's hindering it - like only JS navigation, or possibly improperly done frames or dynamic URLs that aren't Yahoo friendly.
Don't automatically assume a penalty. And the way Google does things doesn't really relate much to how Yahoo does things. If Google has the homepage of a site, once you make changes and put up more pages, if there's even one link from a page that gets fresh-crawled, Googlebot will eat it up like chocolate candy - with the revised page in the cache within just a couple of days' time. Not so Yahoo.
If it's a brand new site it may just take time, though it still pays to check out any possible hindrances and make sure there are inbound links from sites already in their index.
[edited by: Marcia at 2:00 am (utc) on July 23, 2004]
The site is an year old.. and it had yahoo directory link from day one. In past two months, I have aquired about 150-160 links by spending on pay per click and informing users about the existence that way.
Lets see if that helps in improving the ranking in next updates.
And run your robots.txt through the validator just to be sure - that's always worth double-checking.
Yahoo appear to have stopped this quirk, now not returning results for site:http:
The site is now back to the home page indexed only (if in fact the other pages were 'indexed' before). Maybe the Yahoo bot will return one day. Yahoo definitely needs to improve in this area - unless of course they are deliberately tardy in crawling sites to encourage SiteMatch participation.
The site supposedly had no penalty - Yahoo confirmed this. At least Yahoo did reply to my 'feedback'. Tick tock, tick tock...