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It has been almost two months and my clients' businesses are suffering. I worry that others will be affected because I had submitted many of them to directories that use these types of links and even worse several directories seeing that the sites have good content are linking to these sites so I don't even know where the problem might result from.
NOTE: I recommend that if you notice your ranking has dissappeared that you do a search for your site's meta title this is how you can find out if you were affected by a redirecting link.
It is not possible to get Yahoo to fix their mistakes or even to admit them.
This bug has been causing major havoc and if you can prove it and send them proof, they will probably exact a price against you as well.
This problem has been widely discussed for some time
I would have thought that it's in Yahoo's interest to deal with this problem since it could be used maliciously and cause absolute havoc.
Actually, I found Yahoo helpful. Though at first they banned 40 of my clients sites it seems like they have now lifted the ban and have moved to fix the problem.
Because I wrote to them with details about the problem, they have banned all of the sites they could identify as mine, removed my Yahoo ID, deleted all mailing lists associated with my ID and put a ban on my IP address which rejects mail to yahoo-inc.com addresses.
That does not seem very helpful to me.
I also spoke to their public relations department about it and they referred me to another department which told me:
"We have a really large legal staff."
and indicated that I should stop letting people know about the problems that they were having.
"Or else" was implied.
Because I wrote to them with details about the problem, they have banned all of the sites they could identify as mine, removed my Yahoo ID, deleted all mailing lists associated with my ID and put a ban on my IP address which rejects mail to yahoo-inc.com addresses....which told me: "We have a really large legal staff."....and indicated that I should stop letting people know about the problems that they were having...."Or else" was implied.
Wow. If they wanted you to keep quiet, why would they antagonize you like this? If they ban all your sites, they leave you with nothing to lose. That would be stupid, no? It doesn't seem like something a company with a "very large legal staff" would do.
I would expect such a company to notify you that your post is libelous, however. When you say "because I wrote to them... they banned [me]" you are assuming that was the reason. They didn't say that was the reason, and they may say they had other reasons. They may claim that you were making money and now you're not and you are slandering them to get back at them, and that it harms their business, etc etc etc.
I completely agree you should discuss this in public, but if I were you I would use "I think" and "it seemed" and "they appear to be doing" more to avoid the kind of trouble they can give you now that they have taken away everything else.
Here is how you find out if your site has be affected. Do the following search: "your meta title"
If you see another URL listed instead of your site which redirects to your site then you know that you have a problem. Then check to see if your site is still listed. If it is still listed you might be able to save it. Contact the company that links to you using a redirect, then get them to point the link to a empty page. Submit the link to yahoo so their bot knows that it is now different then your site. If they drop the link all together it doesn't solve the problem as quickly. If your site is no longer listed it will take 4-5 months to resolve because Yahoo will treat it like a new site. It is a slow annoying process once banned.
I hope this helps...