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Yahoo did a small update a few weeks ago, then rolled back to original serps with 96 hours. I hope they stay with this one for at least 30 days before updating again. Too much instability makes Yahoo look like they are unsure of themselves and their serps.
Let all the lab rats know the results are getting better Tim.
When an update happens think about these things:
Is the update still in flux or is it stable enough for reverse enginering?
Did the number of backlinks change, up or down?
Do the top ranking sites share anything in common?(similar title tags, kwd, h1, h2, bold, italics, inbound links, outbound links, etc.)
The results look, at least in my area, very similar to Google's about a year or so ago.
Ignoring self interest the results are a huge improvement in terms of relevancy, frankly before they were very poor in my sector.
With this and MSN beta there could well be life outside Google!
It is starting to appear to me that they pull in all the links, then start flushing them out. Saw it happen last month with a different competitor using the same tactics, who is now gone completely.
[edited by: bigjohnt at 7:36 pm (utc) on Dec. 16, 2004]
Yahoo has been improving steadily, but this is a very bad day.
"Yahoo's algo needs to learn that not all links are created equal."
One other comment - we follow Yahoo closely and this is the fifth set of results we have seen in the past week. Nothing has stuck for more than 36 hours so far.
Nah. Steve's got it right.
Yahoo fixed one problem and one of my sites has returned with a vigor. On the other hand, Y! has another one of my domains sitting pretty in the top 5 and there is nothing uploaded yet. The snippet reads:
If you are the owner of this web site you have not uploaded (or incorrectly uploaded) your web site. For information on uploading your web site using FTP client software or web design software, click here for FTP Upload Information.
I actually liked the results they were showing a few days ago - which were new. We took a couple of little hits, but overall they were objectively better. Some of the things we have seen today are just embarassing. But based on the events of the past week these results could be gone tomorrow too.