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We have seen completely the opposite. To us it almost appears as if Yahoo and MSN are not doing anything.
We have numerous projects that have been completed over the last 3-5 months that have made no gains despites the addition of a significant amount of search friendly, keyword rich copy (25-100 pages). We've optimized over 50 sites successfully and we used the same process so I'm confident that the pages we added should be ranking.
The sites all show a significant number of Yahoo backlinks (325 on the low and 1160 on the high end). The industries that they compete in are not real competitive. The sites seem to have maintained their rankings prior to our work and certainly are not banned. It just looks like Yahoo and MSN are not recognizing anything done in the last 5 months.
We had a couple of other projects that took over 6 months before Yahoo and MSN picked up the new pages.
Is anyone else seeing this? Anyone figure out a way to speed this up?
I actually just noticed one that I did recently moved up in the last few days. More perplexing becuase it was the most recent work that I did and one of the sites with the least link pop.
I would consider the PFI program, but I've always been concerned about the ROI. Paying per clicks with little control over the keywords for which it is served seems like a good way to drive ROI down.