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I did try emailing months ago for a review and received a cryptic message back inferring that I was up to trickery. The index page did come back but nothing else in the regular search index. It took me awhile to figure it out but I believe it may be that my site was very heavily linked internally - all pages crossed to all the other pages within the site - many not relevant to the other. It's the only thing I can see that caused a removal from the index.
I should also mention I have a number of pages that were chosen by Yahoo over the last 5 years that are listed in the directory. I also did pay for fast Inktomi inclusion for a few pages in days gone by.
I think human review is required then the sites will get respidered. I noticed that with my site when Yahoo corrected the problem it instantly was spidered and regained its rankings. Now that the problem has happened again Yahoo's Inktomi spider doesn't visit. However, AltaVista's does. Check you weblogs and see if this is the case for you too.
This was not the case with my sites. I never paid for inclusion. Actually, three sites were actually commercial sites and were included in Yahoo's directory, yet they too were affected. In my case the problem resulted from cgi links from directory sites causing problems. The people at Yahoo are good, I just hope they can resolve this problem soon.
I wouldn't have thought those pages would have been picked if there had been anything questionable about the site, itself.
I am very new to the forum.
I am also facing the same problem. Yahoo dropped all my pages except the index page. After I read this forum I came to believe that it may be cross linking between the two sites. I did not know that I could get penalized if two sites linked to each other.
One thing strange for me though is that Yahoo showed 500 over pages if i search "site:domain.com". If I search "site:www.domain.com" it showed only index page.
Has anyone got any luck with Yahoo reinclusion. I wrote to them asking why my pages were dropped. Only got reply that they received my mail but no response since then.
Right now I have removed a link back from one of my site and there is only one way linking between the two sites.
I will post if I have something regarding this matter.
I don't think crosslinking was your problem. I noticed a pattern with the sites that got dropped. All of them have many links from sites that use there exact title tag to link to them. These are usually sites like directories or sites that show search results. In my case doing a search for my exact title(s) (I have many sites affected) shows these linking sites first then the last results are my sites. I recommend that you do a similar test.
I think the problem is growing and I hope that Yahoo does something soon or there will be no index left.
I received a reply back from Yahoo, they said: "There are no current indications that
your pages have been blocked from the Yahoo! index." But they did not answer why my pages do not appear when I do a search "site:www.domain.com" but all old pages appear when I do a search "site:domain.com".
Did you tried a search "site:domain.com" for your sites? Did you get old pages from yahoo when you do a search on that?
This is getting me really puzzled. They say I am not penalized but why there is only home page in yahoo site saturation.
I will wait for a while and if something came up, will post it back here.
Has any one notice that both Yahoo and Google shows different version of the same page for different keywords. Yahoo is more obvious than Google.
"There are no current indications that
your pages have been blocked from the Yahoo! index."
My site dropped down to just the index page, then a few months later, even the index page was gone.
I used to pay INEEDHITS.COM for inktomi inclusion. When Yahoo halted that, is when all this problem started. Yahoo wanted me to pay for SITEMATCH. Poof, my site was gone.
Of course, the timeing could have just been coincedence. I really don't know for sure. But, I would love to get back into Yahoo. At least now I know I don't have a penalty, but, NOW WHAT?
joined:Apr 4, 2005
Where can I write Y! to inform them about this?
I then used some unique text containing companyname.com in the text and found 420 sites containing my homepage text, scraper sites with cgi links.
Are these scraper sites causing the problem?
My site conforms to yahoo's guidelines and has over 500 pages of unique content indexed on Google.
This is exacting what I was talking about. This is what killed my sites too. I imagine the problem is huge. Just for a test try search for the title text of the other sites listed on these scraper sites and see if they have been affected as well.
Really honest sites owners are getting hurt by these scraper sites.