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We recently purchased a large, well established site (about 20,000 pages of original content) that (for various reasons - no balckhat, just spammy stuff like too many affiliate links, etc.) had been banned from the Yahoo Search Index about 3 years ago (according to the former owners).
The site is listed in the yahoo directory, but - despite having 10,000+ inbound links, and ranking very well every where else, could not be found anywhere in Yahoo when searching for it. The front page and only the front page was crawled 1-2 times a day by Yahoo/slurp, but no other pages were crawled.
After refreshing the site and updating it quite a bit (not to mention removing virtually all affiliate links), to include adding RSS syndication to the original content (which got picked up by several RSS hubs), we submitted a verbose reinclusion request, outlining all we thought the site did wrong, and everything we've done to improve it.
Today, we're getting absolutely slammed by the following crawler:
YahooSeeker/CafeKelsa (compatible; Konqueror/3.2; FreeBSD ; [help.yahoo.com...] (KHTML, like Gecko)
My question is this: Is that crawler hitting us due to the new RSS feed we are providing, or are we about to be reinstated into the search index?
Maybe you all are going about this the wrong way. Or maybe you have underlying problems regarding your sites that you cannot talk about, I am not sure.
I wrote Yahoo yesterday explaining that they have all my pages but they have not indexed them yet.
I asked them politely why? And then went on to tell them how long I have been waiting and also that I am in their paid directory etc....and would appreciate getting my pages indexed.
Again within 24 hours they got back to me. Now I did not receive any emails or anything like that but they did index over 300 of my pages.
Now most of you are going to tell me pure luck. I don't think so. This is the second time I contact Yahoo in a month and both times I got results.
Not in words but in action.
Yahoo does listen! Thanks Yahoo.
What I meant to say was the first time I called they had no pages when I did linkdomain:
I wrote and they added the pages. Then I realized I had none of my pages on my website indexed except for the title page.
I wrote them again and next day I had over 300 of my onsite pages indexed.
My apologies about the confusion.
Before I ask Yahoo for reinclusion, Is there such a thing as a minimum number of pages the site must have, and a minimum word count requirement per page? After deleting 600 or so doorway pages, I don't have many content pages at the moment until I can create some more which will take time. In the meantime I would like to try to get my site unbanned as soon as possible.
Slurp would just hit the home page from time to time and that's all.
In the last few days, I see a lot of hits from Slurp. Most come to those tracking URLs. Last time (and the only time) I sent a request to remove the ban was a very long time ago. Maybe a year. I just dropped the whole idea of getting back into Yahoo.
Anyway, I really don't think that getting crawled means a site is getting back in the index. I remember seeing the same pattern several months ago, but then the crawling has stopped and nothing happened.