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On Google, my site is ranking 7th for a particular keyword. For the same keyword on Yahoo!, my site is ranking 95th. I am getting decent traffic from Google but nothing from Yahoo!. I didn't think that my rankings would be so different between the two search engines.
What would you more experienced SEO'ers do to determine what is happening with my Yahoo ranking? I would love to know what I can do to improve my Yahoo ranking without jeopardizing my Google ranking. Is this a common problem?
We, however, have noticed that a lot of our clients that have been optimized in the last 6 months are not doing real well in Yahoo. Their new search engine appears to be REAL slow at updating changes to sites. On the positive side, we have a lot of clients that have been holding steady in Yahoo since the new search engine was unveiled.
Typically, if you have good rankings on Google, your rankings on Yahoo will not be good
Um. You might want to check a wider set of keywords. In general, for the more competitive terms, the top sites in G show up in Y - not always in the same order, necessarily - but I can probably find 20 SERPs with 500K+ results where 12 / 20 are the same between the two search engines.
Yahoo has made some serious changes in their SERPS the past few days.
I think what Yahoo has done is switching back to an Old Database. I noticed old cache pages of my website in the new Yahoo results.
It is strange why Yahoo is doing this. It could be they are updating the Database and showing an old Database till they finish the update.
I was pos #2-#3 on keywords (2 million results) a few days ago and now I'm nowhere in the SERPS.
However, I'm wondering about this since Yahoo has been showing ~160 pages (of 2000 page site) in the index for about 3 months now -- and today they still show same number of pages. So how might using the old database cause my site to drop from the SERPs?
We, however, have noticed that a lot of our clients that have been optimized in the last 6 months are not doing real well in Yahoo. Their new search engine appears to be REAL slow at updating changes to sites.
Yahoo changed their rules and then went through a couple of months ago and did manual bans on a lot of sites.
If you can find the correct address to send to, they might reply with "Your site has been found to be inappropriate for inclusion in our index."
I got such a message for one site, did a complete re-design, sent a message to the address which they told me to and was re-included the next day.
If you have not read their terms of service and webmaster guidelines in the past 6 months, go read them again.
I have read them 6 times this week but that is another story.
These are all corporate sites with only natural one way links. For example, one was a corporate site that we deframed and aligned the title tags, link structure, and other factors to be in line with the algo's...nothing fancy.
In speaking with the president of one of the big ecommerce store software sellers, I was told that the only real way to move up in Yahoo lately is through Site Match.
I guess my question is still unanswered. Anyone optimized a site with decent link pop in the last 6 months and have it do well in Yahoo SERPs?
Also for Mark, Yahoo has historically given some weight to having the keywords in the filename. For instance xyzcompany.com/fuzzywidgets.html Of course, we try to balance all of these factors out to avoid making the page "overoptimized."
So it seems that there is no Win-Win, go for one or the other or get lucky
Regarding the Y problem, despite the fact that some top wm's in here have recently posted to the contrary, I actually believe that in some respects Y's dup filters are harsher than G's. It could be that you're pushing some strings too hard. The good new is, Y's dup filters are easier to figure out, so you might try looking there.
We have also found that you can sometimes make up for minor sins on G with the presence of other strong positives, whereas on Y! sometimes those minor sins will getcha...
I hate it when that happens. :o