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Yahoo is an odd beast.
Yup, My newest site is doing fairly well, but my old; very old site, is now sucking eggs, big old eggs, I mean ostrich size eggs!
I can't figure out what is going on here?
I've gone from #1 to #30 on a lot of key pharases. Haven't changed a thing in, I don't know, a year or so?
I'm #1 on a broad two word term that has over 2 million results. But on a three word term, using the same previous two words (and obviously another one to narrow the search) I'm #24. This three word phrase only has 200,000 results and I've always been on at least the first page for the past 5-6 years.
Doesn't make much sense. Oh, well, I guess I'll just sit it out and not lose too much sleep.
My indexed page counts went up in MSN too. Still waiting for Google to index more though...I only have about 30 pages in Google with 220 recently indexed. I cannot wait for them to go full bore like Yahoo and MSN (and Become).
I'm now seeing the update in UK serps which is nice, striaght in at no.3 for an overture advertising client. Another site didn't go in but that's only two months old and from my experience it usually takes 3+ to get in via links alone.
I'm seeing a lot of this:
A visitor from lj2035.inktomisearch.com (188.8.131.52)
arrived without a refering URL,
and visited www......html
at 11:57:00 PM on Saturday, June 11, 2005.
This visitor used Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Yahoo! Slurp; [help.yahoo.com...]
At the same time I seem to be doing better at Google, and I'm beginning to see a slight increase in traffic from MSN and aol.
I don't see how this could be a penalty since it appears all my pages are being re-spidered by inktomisearch one after another. I'm hoping they will all come back within the next couple days.
I find this very alarming and I'm very worried about it because Yahoo was my single biggest source of traffic and customers.
They do show up on searches using the domain names or unique page specific text but nothing else. One site has over 200k pages and the other has about 4k. Both domains are over 7 years old.
Slurp is crawling them as I type and I've not detected a change in the frequency or duration.
I'm perplexed. . . There's no black-hat SEO in either one and they both follow the G/Y/M webmaster guidelines.
Hopefully its related to an update and things will revert back. . .
I noticed another weird thing in my AXS stats. I will see a hit for a particular keyword that's sometimes only minutes old, but when I click on it, my listing isn't there. It's like my listing is doing a quantum leap in & out of the search results.
Unfortunately there really is no way to tell if a site if being penalized. I would have to assume if this is a penalty, I would likely see most or all of my backlinks disappear.
This clearly demonstrates the danger of depending solely on free listings for traffic and customers but this is all I've done for a long time with fairly good success.
We are cautiously optomistic at this point as Google is still brining in the hits for the most part. If this translates into hits...then I say it's about time.
I'm not sure about the difference between links:www and linkdomain:www, but Yahoo links:www has been changing too. That went from 927 to 938 now it's 949.
This is really weird. I'm praying this is a good sign.
more action from slurp bot than usual, more pages in the index.
However, in our case we notice more of our pages in the index under our own site search but not filtered through to the SERPs yet - Anyone else notice the same or is it just us?
Im looking at this thinking an updates due with recently cashed pages about to be added to the SERPs and perhaps older ones being taken out?
In checking my Yahoo backlinks I'm also unsure what the difference is between links:http://www... link:www....... and linkdomain:www..... I have noticed linkdomain: is the biggest and has gotten bigger. links: has however gotten smaller. I checked all of these and couldn't find any of my internal backlinks. Everything appears to be external links.
My site is still being heavily spidered by slurp inktomisearch, and so far only a few Yahoo listings have reappeared today. I lost a lot of traffic since Saturday, and I'm hoping to regain it soon.
And also I have been observing that position for my kw has not changed. Since last month my site position is on 4th page.
Is anyone notice any position changes?
Have you got any idea how long this update will be!
For three phrases that I was number 1 - 3, I just checked. I'm not even in the top 500. Does that happen with Yahoo? Makes no sense. The pages are still in the index, it's just that my site does not appear to rank for anything anymore.
Note to self - keep day job.
Affiliate programs are not welcome in Yahoo.
If you're an affiliate, you're gone. I'm sorry, but that seems to be Yahoo's current stance. They view affiliates as "parasitic."
"Here is our Content Policy.
As you can see, there's just no way to do "affiliate marketing", i.e. setting up sites with many pages designed to put people into an affiliate program. You can "lawyer" the fine points all you like, but we just don't want that sort of content in our search engine.
As you illustrated so well in your search, the affiliate pages clutter up search results to the point that non-commercial pages can't be found at all. That's bad for users.
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