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How directory listing affects general results?

     
4:04 pm on Sep 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Website comes up no1 for keywords in search.

If we pay to go into the yahoo directory i believe this will change our title and description because yahoo will then use what the yahoo editor writes

If the editor does not include our current keywords in their description do you think we are going to lose our placing?.

Any thoughts on this?

4:11 pm on Sept 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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In my experience, a directory listing won't impact your free listings. There's some recent discussion here [webmasterworld.com].
4:18 pm on Sept 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for that Dave.

Does anyone have any actual experience of doing what we are thinking of doing?.
Not that i'm doubting YahooMike of course ;)

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what is giving me doubts is the way yahoo is making the keywords in the editors description bold.

This does suggest it is giving importance to these rather than using the sites actual description meta tag.

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If ranking number 1 for your keywords I wonder why you wish to pay to be in directory. Just curious. I'm ranking very well in Y! and see no reason to be in their directory, what's the value?
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Hello

Mike:

There is not much effect of directory listing with free listings. I did observe this with one of my client site.

As Dave has said there was discussion regarding this topic recently. I do checked, directory listing site is still on top of Yahoo.

If you are not getting results, try to change your meta tags and body content and keep watching Yahoo cache. When Yahoo cache updates with latest changes you may see some improvements.

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3:12 pm on Oct 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Mike1 - I would recommend against inclusion in the Yahoo! directory if you are already doing well in the serps. My site is #1 on Google for all of the terms we care about, but we were held back by the title and description from the Yahoo! directory, keeping us at #2 or #3. I strongly feel that we would do better if we were *not* in the directory. Hope this helps -
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I've seen evidence that a directory listing can have a positive impact in Yahoo Search.
7:22 am on Oct 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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6:02 pm on Oct 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Directory listings will have a positive impact on the search results.

I have seen that some sites have got high rankings in Yahoo even when search terms are not in the Title. This was mainly because of the directory listings.

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I can confirm that it will ABSOLUTELY cause you problems if your url isn't your keywords. Mine actually is but still with our home page title and keywords we were #1 on Y for over a year until the end of May. For a short while they were showing each title for a period of time almost alternting them. When they changed it permanently to the directory title where we show as the Most Popluar site in the category,we DISAPPEARED. Fortunately the site is strong at G, #3 for the same key words. We had been in the Y directory for over 2 years. I would strongly advise against it if you have decent position without it. Good luck.