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The Yahoo Re-Inclusion Review Process

How to successfully get a penalized site re-reviewed for inclusion

8:54 pm on Apr 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have 3 questions regarding the Yahoo re-inclusion review process. I have submitted at least six times over the last nine months using the various forms of contact below, however I have never received and response back form Yahoo.

1. Does anyone know how long it can take to get a response back from Yahoo after submitting a site for a re-inclusion review?

2. Has anyone received a favourable response back from Yahoo after applying for a re-inclusion review?

3. What method of contacting Yahoo have you used to have a site re-reviewed and successfully included back into the Yahoo directory? Did you use one of the contact methods below or another for of contact?

a. Re-inclusion review form: [add.yahoo.com...]
b. webmasterworldfeedback@yahoo.com
c. search-feedback@yahoo-inc.com

7:31 am on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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yes, this is actually quite interesting. Some get a reply some dont. Is this a signal of two types of sites they are dealing with? or is it simply a signal of a hit and miss system dealing with replies even though its a canned response.
2:46 pm on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We have used all three methods and not had any success. We have had responses, both canned and human sent. First thing you want to do is search for your site using your exact title, or if your title is fairly brief, then choose some unique text on the home page. If you find your site using this method you have been penalized and should start building a new site as soon as possible. The chances of being re-included are very slim.

If you do not find your site, then there is hope itís some sort of mechanical problem; keep up the re-inclusion requests. The new deal with Yahoo now is if you have been penalized, they just send you to the end, they do not remove you. That way they can ignore re-inclusion requests on the premise that you are in fact, in the results. This method is a lot more scalable as they have removed/penalized a great deal of sites especially in the beginning.

5:03 pm on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sure would love to hear what works. I have several sites that were PFI into inktomi - when Y! took over all those sites vanished! That is the only thing I can think of as to why they were removed.

Anyway I have tried unsuccessfully to resubmit them - and to be frank I doubt I ever will get them back in. It seems Y! could care less about the individual.

6:10 pm on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I agree with you entirely. It is also my supposition that Yahoo does not actually re-review any site. If your site has been penalized it is a death sentence and no amount of changes you make to it will make any difference. It was wishfully thinking on my part that perhaps I was wrong, and that perhaps other webmasters here have actually been successful in having their site re-reviewed and back in the rankings.

What I find even more frustrating, is that Yahoo are ambiguous about exactly what your site has done to begin with to break the rules and be in violation of their guidelines.

I know that my case, my site that has been penalized for no apparent reason other than ranking too high organically. This site is no different from my dozens of other sites successfully ranking in Yahoo. The only difference is that this particular site ranked too high for a major money making keyword.

Therefore, it is my supposition that if you have a site that ranks too high organically for money making keywords and that is not signed up for SiteMatch, Yahoo purposely hits you with a penalty. This is a sure way to give precedence to SiteMatch sites that do make Yahoo money. A naturally ranking site in a money making position takes up valuable position and money away from Yahoo.

So this leads to one other question: Have any webmasters that have had a site penalized by Yahoo been successful in getting back into the rankings by signing up for SiteMatch?