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To those whose index dropped from thousands to hundreds, are you an affiliate site? do you have google adsense on it? why is Yahoo dropping you from the index?
one of mine had Adsense the other one didn't. They both dropped. Wrath of Yahoo!
[edited by: martinibuster at 12:02 am (utc) on April 5, 2005]
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If your site position changed in this recent Yahoo update...just a YES or NO will do for each letter...
A. Use Overture Precision Match? (Y or N)
B. Use Overture Site Match? (Y or N)
C. Is your site over 5 years old? (Y or N)
D. Does your site use Google Adsense? (Y or N)
E. My Site rank Improved: (Y or N)
F. My Site position was De-rated: (Y or N)
My reply is: A-N, B-N, C-Y, D-Y, E-N, F-Y
And here is another interesting fact:
My site is optimized for keywords "WIDGET 123" and "WIDGET123" since 2003.
It is well known in our industry that, many people refer to "WIDGET 123" as "WIDGET123" - including Google! (G usually come up with very similar result for both "WIDGET123" and "WIDGET 123" searches). Before 2005 we were ranking in the top 20 for "WIDGET123" and top 30 with "WIDGET 123".
But in late January, we got notified by the manufacturer that their trademark application for "WIDGET123" got rejected and the product is now officially called "WIDGET 123".
So we got on our site and change all "WIDGET123" to "WIDGET 123" so as not to violate any copyright law. Y! seems to have recognized that change soon enough and we were ranking better with "WIDGET 123" than with "WIDGET123". (Which make sense since we no longer have the term without space on our site)
But after this update, we are back to pre-2005 ranking -- top 20 for "WIDGET123" and top 30 with "WIDGET 123" -- even thought "WIDGET123" can not be found on our site anywhere!
I can also tell you that Yahoo is still not seeing "WIDGET123" & "WIDGET 123" as different names for the same thing like Google does. Using the term with or without a space in Y! yield very different results.
Other than the fact that Y! might had reverted back to an older index... I cannot come up with any other explanation for this.
It seems to be Yahoo dropped my site because I have too many backlinks gathered in the short time.
Thats simply non-sense, links are a good thing - always have been and always will be.
To think that they would screw you because you are a successful website, and/or are popular, authoritative, or what ever is so wrong it cant be the case.
I think they're still tweaking their algo.
Also my indexed page count dropped from 3,800 to 48 in the April 1 update and this is still the case.
Yahoo isn't looking too good.
Has me worried :(
Of the sites that are on the first page, including the first three positions, there 6 (6 out of 10) sites that are nothing more than affiliate splash pages or are redirects to affiliate links.
I don't like the new yahoo results one bit. I have a site with content and many pages, and I hate to lose to crap that employs black-hat SEO techniques.
A domain.com search brings up the index page, with "More from this site" and "repeat the search with the omitted results included" links. When I click either one, the only thing that happens is two duplicate listings for the main page are displayed.
Same now for the three page domain too.
Anybody seeing anything like this?
I am seeing this also...for two sites I run. Both were in the free search, but after the update last week all pages are gone except for home page. If I search for each of the home pages--they are listed. But when I click on the "more from this site" button, their urls are listed twice, with differing descriptions. In other words, if I search mydomain.com, and click "more from this site", two duplicate listings for the same domain appear, but sometimes have varying descriptions (one from the directory, and one from metatag). Very odd...almost as if there is a bug causing some sites to be duplicated within Y, therefore dropped.
I do not see this happening on sites with 2 or more pages indexed.