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Interesting experiment done on Yahoo Search

11:04 pm on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Like many of you, my sites have been completely dropped from yahoo(all of them!). And like you, my sites still do well on google and msn beta. So I decided to experiment with yahoo on what they wanted. I created a site which basically pulls the data/pages from one of the existing sites (almost a mirror). Then I linked this site on all my other sites. To my suprise, this new site shows up on Yahoo. This site isn't linked by any other sites except my own sites. Yahoo basically visits the front pages of my sites but doesn't go beyond and found the new site.

My conclusion is I will probably have to get new domains (even though my current ones are established since 1998).

Does anybody have any suggestions or comments?

P.S. I emailed yahoo about being banned recently and I got a response. The reply said I was banned, but wouldn't elaborate. And the email seem very generic. I submit for reinclusion, but it says it will take 3-4 weeks. Any thoughts?

8:49 pm on Feb 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I had a couple of spare-domains, which - before I knew about duplicate content penalties - all mirrored my mains sites content.

Once I found out about the duplicate content issue, I placed permanent redirects on all of the spare domains. Google had mostly indexed my main site, but had the occasional page from some of the spare domains indexed too. It took a while, but now all of the spare domain pages are indexed as "supplemental result" in Google.

In Yahoo though, my main page and its mirrors are all only partially indexed! This means, Yahoo has a few pages of my main site, a few other pages from mirror-site 1, yet another few from mirror site 2, etc. Even though Yahoo visits my site fairly regularly, and even though the redirects are still in place, it STILL assigns with an obvious random pattern pages to these spare domains.

1:42 pm on Feb 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have also been banned from yahoo since last fall sometime. Only my index page showing in yahoo.

I have tried contacting yahoo in every way possible, but just get generic responses for the most part. I still don't know why I was banned, and they won't say.

I don't engage in any blackhat at all. I wish Yahoo would be more friendly, and not automatically assume that everyone that is banned is a spammer/blackhat.

I have a 5 year old established domain that offers a lot of quality content. If I don't get any response from Yahoo within a few weeks, I guess the only option to try is to create another domain with the same content.

Its too bad that Yahoo is pretty much encouraging this behavior by not being open with honest webmasters about how they can get re-listed.

1:41 am on Feb 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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this happened to me...only the index page and two occurrences of it as well...odd

wrote to them via an address here...url-status-something or other

got reply saying I was penalised for spam...wrote back saying i had changed a couple of things

now I am back in...they only have my home page (now only one occurrence!) but it is showing very high for the terms it should be....before it was only showing for "example.com" and not for any keywords at all

yahoo referrals:

feb 1-14: 18 total
15-16: 280 total

now waiting for other 2k pages to get back in too, presuming that any penalty is over

2:19 am on Feb 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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how do you know you are banned on yahoo?

Just did some searching, found the answer.