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Thanks to all for the help you've given!
Over the years, I learned about traffic tracking, and used it to learn more about my customers, what words they were looking for, etc. It helped me tune my on-site search engine (Atomz), and I could see where people were coming from (what engines were producing traffic for me, and where I ranked). When I saw that I was no longer getting traffic from Yahoo, I began to wonder why. I started searching the web and happened across this forum...boy, did my eyes begin to open! I never realized there was soooo much to being a good webmaster and neighbor on the web. There was a huge difference between making a page that looks good and making a page that is search engine friendly.
Anyway, I went back and rewrote every single page to fix all of these things, make my description and meta info unique and specific to each page, stop using multiple H1, H2 tags, etc.
I had sitemaps at the bottom of each page (I don't know why, it just seemed like the thing to do at the time I did it), so I stripped them all out and put them in one single site map...much easier to maintain, too!
I continued to read the various threads here on the forum and started testing my headers, and found that Yahoo! thought I had duplicate sites, because it had indexed the first page of my site via domain name, then it had done the same thing for the first page at my IP address...even though it was one-and-the-same. So, I corrected that via my .htaccess file with help from folks in the forum (I didn't have a clue how to fix it, nor even how to check for it in the beginning!).
Lastly, we had purchased many domain names to protect our business...in the past, we had companies to purchase domain names that were in our niche market for the things we manufacture, and some even bought domains that were practically the same (mispelled, etc). I had also been told in past years, that a good way to get extra traffic was to buy domains about certain specific products we build, write a little page about them, and provide a link from there to ur main site. I've since learned that these are considered "spammy" doorway pages, so I killed them off and used 301 redirects to point them all permanently at my main site.
So, you can see it wasn't one thing in particular, it was more about fixing everything for me, then waiting. My site, even though it looked good to the casual consumer, was obviously in bad shape, heheheh... I've learned a lot here, thanks to all of the discussions, and hope to give something back when I can.
It was a lot of work on my site of only a few hundred pages, but I decided I might as well get with the program and fix things...they needed fixing in a big way. I can only imagine the feeling some folks have when they have thousands of pages that need work...whew, glad it's not me (ttok me weeks to fix my smallish site)! I noticed this morning, that Yahoo! had added a few more pages...seems that it's adding a few every day. What a releif! :-)
Yep. sure do. Google is on my site every day, and updates show up within about 2-3 days. Yahoo! is adding pages from my site to the index every day, so it seems practical to have a site that works fine for both. I'll be watching this closely from here out, so I'll know if this is for sure, but it seems there was no significant change in my Google position.
One note...I'm not trying to optimize for #1 position, but rather placement on the 1st page. I've never seen a big change in sales/traffic, as long as I'm on the first page in my niche market (for the products we manufacture). I don't watch to see if a change moves me from #1 to #3, etc, so I don't know if the changes to "tune" for Yahoo actually moved me a little...but they didn't move me off of the 1st page :-)