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8:24 pm on Nov 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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BIG changes across Yahoo

My refers are down from Yahoo by 2/3.

Has there been a Florida style update at Yahoo while everyone was at Pubcon?

8:17 am on Nov 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Our traffic has decreased by about half. As of a few days ago. It seems the majority of the traffic that is coming in is directly related to deep links we have from the directory itself and not normal SERPs. Not good imho.
12:56 pm on Nov 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am seeing some movement in Yahoo, looks like they are making some changes.
8:12 pm on Nov 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It appears Yahoo! is penalizing more for cross linking. One of my clients has a network of sites that are heavily cross linked. Yahoo! suddenly SLAMMED them on November 6th.
9:49 pm on Nov 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well Yahoo needs to do way more. Take a look at the term prescription [widget] pills.

Brutal! Thats all I can say, BRUTAL.

MSN Beta kills Yahoo results and Google's not much better than Yahoo these daze.

[edited by: martinibuster at 11:32 pm (utc) on Nov. 29, 2004]
[edit reason] Widgetized. Thanks. :) [/edit]

12:11 pm on Nov 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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One of my clients site has suffered but he has only one outbound link to a leading reputable web site related to their industry, nothing to do with cross linking in this case, I don't see any improvement in the quality of the Serps as a result of the Yahoo changes?
2:07 pm on Dec 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is Yahoo updating? My site was there last night but this morning has all but disappeared. It's still in the directory but the search results have completely updated.
2:32 pm on Dec 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Site suddenly disappeared on Nov 25th. Only index page is there and rest of the page not in Y! index. When i type my site name in yahoo (which is different from the normal names) it doesnt show my site in top 200 results. This seems like a penalty to me. Ours ia big site and e didnt do anthing different in the last 6 months. Just added useful content and pages for users.
Dont know why this happened and there is not enough explanation also regarding why this happened. Any news from anyone as to why is this happening.
2:50 pm on Dec 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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False alarm! It was a Yahoo cookie. If that test was what their algo may look like,I didn't like it one bit. For my site at least. LOL For every loser their is a winner.
3:12 pm on Dec 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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dupac I have the same problem, only my index page is showing, when I make site:www.mydomain.com and It has been so for 2 month and other search engines powered by yahoo I was everywhere, no problem there, but today Im gone.
3:26 pm on Dec 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I slipped from #4 on a pretty large search term (19MM results) to #30 this morning in Y! SERPS, top ten are sites that have not been up there for years (some never). I haven't been this low for about 8 months.

Curious if an old cache is being displayed, or if these are new results from a new algo...interesting nonetheless...
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zeus, mine index page is showing if i do linkdomain:www.mysite.com but if i just type in "mysitename" in yahoo its not showing, it used to come 1st for that. So I know for sure now that it is a penalty or a filter but the weird thing is I havent done anything diff in last 2 months compared to last 8 months so I dont know what yahoo didnt liked. I just added more pages ot my site to make it more userblitly for my custmers. I dunno if adding more pages is a problem bc we added about 500 pages in last 2 months.
Well any ideas by anyone is welcome at this time where my yahoo traffic has gone from way above 1000 per day to less than 5 per day( I dunno where i am getting that 5 also:))
9:03 pm on Dec 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hmm I had that situation 6 month ago, I was nowhere, then 2 month agao I was back in search, but only with my index page listed, then a month ago I was not found again, but the index site is still there when I make a mydomain search and 2000 links back, I think they are just loosing sites and making some bad moves, it is inktomi and that se has never been good.

It is a little hopeless, because the 3 big ones are having troubles or want us to pay.

2:28 am on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm on the east coast and have just been looking at some really big changes in Yahoo. Don't like what I see for sure.

Anyone else see this?

4:24 am on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am on the east coast and don't like what I see either. It is not only because I have lost ranking but, the results I see in my category have gone through an extreme change. Not many sites have maintained their previous spots and the ones that have replaced them are junk sites that in my opinion should be at the bottom of the deck. The relevance of the search has deminished.
5:21 am on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yes, ugly. Just did a search for "widget"

#1 is a site for which the entire content is "widget-intl.com" Yep, that's it! The cache shows the same. Of course it is also the URL. And the entire source is....you guessed it "widget-intl.com"... no html at all.

So, is that the new algo?

Sad.

I'm US based. #2 is Australian, #3 is in Spanish and #4 is Australian.

#6 and #8 are from the same domain.

#7 and #10 are New Zealand.

Here's a clue. Display widget in the domain name in order to rank.

Sad indeed.

Interestingly, MSN is showing the old results. Go figure.

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1:47 pm on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hard to believe this will stick around, so bad it seems like maybe they have a problem. Plus the data looks a little moldy.
2:14 pm on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have no idea what is going on over there...My site is still listed, and still has around 750 pages indexed, but it's down from 1850. My traffic, howeer, has dropped to almost nothing. This is pretty distressing, seeing that just a short while ago my Yahoo traffic was catching up with Google. I can't see any reason why my site would be penalized, and it seems like so many others are having this problem that it must be technical issues on their end.
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One other thing...there has been no sign on Slurp indexing since this major downturn...Has anyone else noticed this? Does this mean a site has been penalized?
2:20 pm on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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My site - not gone - but severely down
Two main keywords down from #2-4 to #140-154

I'm in sitematch too so that is not helping ranking

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It seems to me that Yahoo is trying it's own "Florida" update indeed, just in time for the biggest shopping season of the year! What do you know...

I have a lot of pages that are nowhere to be found except when I search for domain.com and then again usually only 5 or 6 pages are showing.

I notice that density and backlinks aren't the predominating factors anymore either, a lot of old sites are resurfacing.

Disappointing at best

8:03 pm on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am seeing the changes on my home systems, but not at work. Interesting...

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8:27 pm on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Little changes here, a little better quality, but large drop in indexed pages across the board. Poor crawling is still Yahoo's Achilles heel.
10:42 pm on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Wow. I'm seeing some major changes in my field. I've got a site that has been at the top of the results for the past year for competitive keywords, and now it's on the second page.

The wierd thing is that the new top sites have no backlinks, and aren't optmized at all. I'm going to hold tight and assume this is a fluke that will repair soon.

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Since the end of July I had 2 sites dissapear from Yahoo, in November only the index of both reapeared, I am desperate for yahoo to go back to normal, my income has gone down by 95% and I don't know how much longer I can hold on, before I get back into a 9 to 5 job.

My sites had been in yahoo since the year 2000 and through hard work (18 hours a day every day) I was in some good position for some keywords, and as someone has said previously, the sites that have taken over #1 spot are really useless for the consumer or someone looking for information on some subject.

There's is thousands of conflicting reasoning for the why thousands of good web sites have dissapeared from yahoo, I don't have any idea myself, only the believe (and hope) that yahoo slurp is broken and nobody knows how to fix it.

Good luck all

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crawling is still Yahoo's Achilles heel

Yahoo crawls like a baby...slowly and not very far

1:07 am on Dec 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Same here, I see these awful results, (and I mean really bad) here at home, but see unchanged results at work.

I first saw the changed results last night at home, all day at work today the normal results, and now at home its the nightmare again.

Hope its a data problem or fluke.

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Did you people who are seeing the different results clear your cookies? I saw the same thing a couple of days ago and freaked out until I cleared the cookies. The problem being is that this may be the data set that gets used pretty soon.
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Good advice!

That changed the results, but now I have to worry about whats to come. Thanks for letting me see some normal results at least for tonite.

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OK. They're fixed for me now too. I had to clear the cache and restart, but SERP's are back to normal.

This happened before once when yahoo was showing Google results for a bunch of people.

6:12 am on Dec 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If it is happening to us, it is happening to the general population too. How many of them know ow to clear cookies? More to the point though, how many of them are seeing these results?

WBF

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