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You have a point, however in a number of keyword search areas i follow i find a number of situations where the same site can control 60/70 out of the first 100 results by using area1-domain, area2-domain, area3-domain etc and Yahoo is daft enough to rank each one, one after the other. The pages all link back, so Yahoos new algo rates the pages as having good anchor links. I dont think i can ever recall google having this kind of problem. And as for pages with no content but a metta title thats relevent to the search term ranking high well that takes the biscuit.
When the results are less than 3% relevent its time for Yahoo to say, "Sorry we messed up here big style, we will revert them back to what they were and try again once we have worked out the problem."
Oh and one last point. If you are number 1 in Yahoo and all around you are dross you have to wonder how long its going to be before visitors go elsewhere to search.
Search users want quality, relevent results with lots of choice.
I honestly believe that Yahoo's new algo allows scraper sites to link your web sites into a "bad neighborhood" by associating your domains with huge affiliate spam scraper portals.
I'm seeing a great deal of linking to my web site but not to hotlink images or refer traffic or because they love me so much. These scraper links appear to be targeted toward specific terms and they link themselves to your web site using your title and description. They targeted many of my competitors top listed domains for specific keywords but not all of them. This is a sophisticated inlink scheme and what is interesting to note is not one page from these scrapers has PR in Google GEE I WONDER WHY?
Welcome to the same old seo anti-rank link portal schemes using redirects and keyword spam to associate your web site to scraper domains thus reducing your domains relevancy in Yahoo. At least that is what I believe is happening. I see way to much garbage.
If things don't change it will get much much worse. Just do a "linkdomain:" in Yahoo search and find your scraper friends. They will start appearing like gang busters.
I am not seeing anything different today.
What are you guys seeing?
More/less pages indexed?
Change in ranks?
I am seeing huge changes in pages indexed, ranks and major filters have been applied so much that everything no longer seems relevant!
If these changes stick my competitors are in for a world of hurt on Yahoo! :>~
How I have stayed in Top 10 and my competitors have all been wiped out is beyond me but I'll take it! :>~
Honestly thought these SERPS are looking rather horrific Yahoo!
I do not know if these results should be called comical or chronicle...maybe both. I keep trying to clear my cookies hoping these serps will go away. Unfortunately they are sticking without being cookie driven. It is unimaginable to me why Yahoo would make this a live index. These results are the worst they have been since the first serps they introduced after disembarking from Google. At least they had an excuse at the time for being green to search. It just seems that over the past few months they have slowly been going backwards in quality and this just took them to a new level.
I am noticing that Overture, Altavista, Alltheweb, CNN, Websearch, Puresearch(Positiontech), etc. have not changed with these results this morning. These all had movement in the initial jolt several days ago that ran parallel with the Yahoo serps. Wonder why they have not changed this time
Dire, dire results. Almost wholly lacking in quality sites. Following on from an earlier Steveb comment, Y! should perhaps consider a re-brand to Y.-Y-Y.Y- - subdomains-n-hyphens-n-keywords-R-us.
Said it at the beginning, say it again now - are you using a single Quality Signal in these results? I'd love to think this is Y! simply getting their ducks in a row, but I doubt it.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed and believe when my count reaches near zero, then it's going to spring back up. Well, it's pretty close to that number right now.
Ditto on all these. I was somewhat shocked at the non-relevancy of the yahoo serps today. This has got to be reshuffling in progress because if these results stick, it's not good for yahoo.
My only advice to those who are stressing: They can't afford to keep it this way for long. Either they're not done, or this is, dare I say it, a set of SERP's measured in part by how many visitors are pushed into the ads. I never believed G was doing that, despite many savvy wm's telling me so. I don't yet believe it here either.
Time will tell. ;-)
[Added shortly afterwards] - I see a slight change, for the worse, from yesterday. I tell you, if I had to draw up a top-twenty list of the most slack, lame, crummy, hackneyed, keywords-'n-recips-are-all-we got sites, well ... I wouldn't need to, cuz Y! beat me to it, and they're showing in positions 1 to 20. Analyse what? Again, it's turd-painting time.