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If you're an affiliate, you're gone. I'm sorry, but that seems to be Yahoo's current stance.
That is one of the top five poorest excuses for ranking badly.
The Yahoo guidelines say they want "original and unique content of genuine value." If you read the Yahoo guidelines, they don't even use the word affliate.
Over the weekend all my Yahoo listings disappeared off Yahoo, yet every page on my site is being heavily respidered by inktomisearch yahoo slurp. one after another, even now 72 hours later.
Yahoo search for linkdomain:www.... is also doing some really weird things I cannot explain. The number of backlinks is increasing. It looks like my site was penalized but that can't be if it is being so heavily re-spidered, and my backlinks are growing. Upon checking my webstats, I just saw one Yahoo listing reappear.
If a site was indeed banned or penalized shouldn't all spidering activity cease, and backlinks disappear from the index? The exact opposite is occurring with my site. At first I assumed maybe Yahoo was going through it's version of the Google Dance, then I wondered if my site was being punished.
martinibuster - any idea?
Are there any yahooguys roaming around here or are they all in hiding?
This topic seems to be occuring all across the forum/websphere but we're not hearing anything from Yahoo?
Are they conducting a preemptive PR campaign to ensure the roll-out of their publisher network fails?
Yeah, the spider visits are triggered by the healthy number of inbound links, but the content doesn't meet their guidelines. No mystery.
What I'm seeing is some aggressive stuff took a hit but some quality stuff I spend time on is sailing along. I don't like to talk about my personal business in public so forgive me if I don't go into more detail. Win some/lose some.
Hard to imagine yahooguy hand penalizing a site with unique, local and frequently updated content. No SEO at all (other than mamb sef) and a lot of .edu and .gov backlinks.
Something else is going on and either Yahoo has lost their mind or they are having problems with an upgrade.
I prefer the upgrade theory personally. . .
keyword1.domain.com on #3
keyword2.domain.com on #4
It looks on the term I am monitoring that blog spam works again on Yahoo. On the other hand for other terms the results are very relevant and good.
Does my situation sound like a penalty or an issue with server change? There was no downtime of my site when we transferred. However the 301 was not set-up properly (unknowingly) for about 24 hours.
Do I have hope for being reincluded?
The number of pages in the index continues to bounce (intraday) from around 450 to 800. Seems to me that my site remains in the index but has been removed from SERPS for some reason. If I had to guess, they've switched back to the results pre-April 1st update.
That's interesting. Makes you wonder how interesting Yahoo finds .edu links.
Some of my other sites are bouncing around like crazy. One is completely gone and I wouldn't be surprised if the rest are dropped soon.
This experience is driving home the importance of developing alternative sources for traffic and branding. Depending on organic SERP can be a recipe for disaster.
Same here...I contacted yahoo and got a couple of replies mentioning that I had problems with links at the bottom of my page and a very nebulous response with links to read about their perceived problems with my site (that I've already read about, but can't figure out what they're finding that is a problem) but the links on my site that they pointed to are a _SITE MAP_ for pages on my site that are normally hidden behind cgi. Have done well for several years on yahoo, now I'm completely gone and receiving _0_ traffic from them for something that I can't even figure out to be a problem. Whew...
If anyone here might be able to take a look at my site and see what yahoo is talking about, would you please hit me with a private mail here? I'd muchly appreciate the help/feedback!
The other site I have, when I do site:www.domain.com, only show my Yahoo directory listing.
From what I have read, it appears that neither of these indicates a major penalty or exile... or how can this be interpreted?
Thanks in advance. Jane-O