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Any ideas on what could cause this and how to help them get their other pages indexed in Yahoo?
When you submit to Yahoo directory, they have a look at your site. They may take your $299 and put you in the directory but if they find something they don't want such as reciprocal link exchanges, the will assign a manual penalty and you will soon be gone from the SERP's (not the directory).
I hear their reinclusion process does work though if you clean up your site.
However, it's been 3 weeks since they ambigously said my site was okay now, and I am still not in. I guess it can take a real long time to get indexed by Yahoo - even if you are cleaned up and resubmitted.
It's always been hard for me to get new sites even indexed in Yahoo. This resubmit acception is getting painful. Guess I should find something else to obsess on.
Quick question: When site match rolled out 1.5 years ago, they said you had to spend $15/month minimum for the first 100 clicks, - is there still a monthly spend fee? Or do they just bill you on clicks?
Looking through the Yahoo info, but they seem to be ambigious on this point.
But I agree with soapy to the extent that I wouldn't expect hugs and kisses from the reinclusion team for a site maintaining a recip link directory that rivals DMOZ in scope or has that links1.html architecture, etc. You know what I mean.
My comments earlier pertained to manual reviews of sites which would occur when submitting to the Yahoo directory or when requesting a reinclusion. If you don't think that reciprocal links are frowned upon by Yahoo, try submitting to the Yahoo directory a site which has a links page which requests reciprocal link exchanges. You may get into the directory but your search results will probably soon tank.
Yahoo penalized our site on March 16th, and for months we only had the index page listed. I tried to clean anything up that I could find, and asked for reinclusion a few times. We now have about 20 pages in the serps, but don't rank in the top 100 (even for our url).
We have a reciprocal links directory that we set-up, but never did much with. We have 12 pages and 26 outbounds. Although it looks like a standard resource directory, I never thought it would create a problem.
I started setting up an rss feed for Yahoo yesterday to try to have them give me a second look. After reading this I am thinking about a new approach.
What do you guys think of moving my 26 outbound links onto a single page, and change the rest of the existing pages into articles
I don't claim to have any understanding of Yahoo's results, but I'd sure love to be back in them!
If you mention 'reciprocal' anywhere on those 'resource' pages, I would remove that wording as that is what I think gets one in trouble.
[edited by: arbitrary at 3:27 pm (utc) on Nov. 7, 2005]
When you submit to Yahoo directory, they have a look at your site.
I think submitting to the directory (for free) prompted a look at my site and subsequent penalty. That being said, I sent a request, got back in and never removed my link directory.
Im sure you wrote a nice email. This seems to be key. A nice email seems the one constant. A skill i need to learn :)
[edited by: martinibuster at 12:38 am (utc) on Nov. 10, 2005]
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I don't think it has anything to do with a nice email. Yahoo workers are looking at a lot of emails every day. They appreciate the infomation delivered in a short, precise matter.
Everyone's different, but this was not the case with me. I wrote several emails / request. It was the final and longest one that did the trick. I know because each letter was about 2 months apart (yes, 2 months!).
I explained this in more detail here:
I'm not making this stuff up. I was completely out of Yahoo for about 4 months altogether. I explain what I though happened, but never changed a thing on my site.