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Is it possible Yahoo isn't spidering my site properly or at all. Has anybody else encountered this, or found a way around this.
Many of us have been having issues with Yahoo! since they began their updates using their "improved technology". Many of us have found our sites either de-listed or dropped down the serps. You can catch up with this thread and see if it applies to you as well :
We've had a problem with our home page on Yahoo for some time - perhaps 6 months. The inside pages are mostly fine.
There is no description, the title is being pulled from a link and if you have a look at the cache of that listing, it is blank.
This means we are ranking on the strength of our inbound links alone. If we can get Yahoo to cache the page properly, we would shoot into the top 10 – at least.
Can anyone let us know how we can get some action happening - it seems to be a fairly widespread problem.
Also i took the risk of paying for inclusion in the Yahoo Directory, which is $US299 / year:
which might unplug it.
Does anyone have a better or suggestion or have i just burned my wallet :)
Talk about fast , only a few hours, ..... previously i was hanging on for 6 months or so.
Hope this gives you all some clues. [ If only Google was as responsive I'd gladly pay!
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We're going to try the same for another site with the same problem to identify if the URL submit [ and not the directory ] is to be congratulated.
Sorry for the confusion.
I think this is standard practise - why bother caching if you update the page every 48 hours.
Are you saying that if you submit to the "paid" submission there is no sense in concerning oneself with the regular caching?
For everyone's information, we submitted our other sites on Fri [ 4 days ago ] on the regular submit [ not the paid submit ] and nothing yet has happened.
On a 3rd site .com.au we paid for a directory listing & applied the normal submit URL process and have not seen any change.
Therefore, my conclusion is that the regular submit process is probably sufficient and fast.
Paid inclusion is a gamble, since they offer no guarantee your site will be included. They can take your money and give you nothing in return. If they offered a money-back guarantee, I would feel much more confident about using their service.
I even inquired about demotion penalties and they said I'm not under any penalty, so maybe there is a technical glitch with their cache that only they can fix. Only my homepage is being cached, and I am not getting any hits from yahoo.
They indicated that robots.txt had been applied in the wrong place [ which was wrong ] and we had several email exchanges before they [ may ] have restored the site.
Subscribing to the directories made no difference as far as we can tell.
The 2 other sites were restored earlier in the week [ within 2 hours ] with the normal submit.
Hope this throws some light on how best to handle things
My robots.txt file is in my root directory, same location as my homepage so it should be ok. I have in there an exclusion for slurp not to spider my reciprocal links pages. (some claim Yahoo dislikes reciprocal linking)
I have read a few people's posts from other threads warning that sending Yahoo too many messages regarding penalties against their sites made matters worse, while others have claimed success.
Last time I emailed Yahoo was in mid April, so maybe it's time to bug them again. I probably should not use the re-review link, since that's for penalized sites.
Which URL are you submitting through?
Irrespective, I'd persist with your Q's and not be put off if you believe the answer isn't accurate. My experience is that they are human and capable of making errors in their judgements.
One thing, when you receive the reference in the return email, it may be in your interests to both reply to that email, *and* submit a new request.
Different operators at the other end often see things differently, however there's no harm in referring them to the other message/email.
Hope this helps ..... please let us know.
Everytime I ask Yahoo a question, either a new one or reply to their message, they always give me the standard reply about robots exclusion protocals, and never address my real problem. It always comes from the same person. My last communication with Yahoo was Apr 17.
I have posted about this in another thread, but no one shows any interest. I guess I/we have to wait their indexing problems out, or just ignore it and move on.
Last year, Yahoo was my biggest source of hits and business. Google has been next to impossible to get anywhere with both then and now. MSN is easy but it's such a small marketshare why bother?
It has been determined that your site may not comply with Yahoo!'s Content Quality Guidelines located at:
Now I must figure out what they don't like. I suspect my "resources" reciprocal link directory pages is likely the problem, but I'm not 100% sure.
I checked over my site with copyscape.com and found no duplicate content on my main site, however I found a ton of it on most of my reciprocal links pages all coming from my link partner's titles and descriptions. I'm not sure how to approach this. Maybe I should I severely weed out my reciprocal links, and keep only a tiny handful of the highest quality related links. I think most people here would agree I should get rid of all unrelated links Ie: pharma, gambling, travel, etc..
I suggest that you seek out a professional and reputable SEO in your area to give you some feedback as a 2nd opinion, tidy up your site and then put a reinclusion request in.
$500 should cover an initial look .
Be also careful, because "may" might mean other simple things need to be addressed as well.
btw - I'm no SEO, so please don't ask me :)
In fact I did exactly that. I hired a professional SEO trainer last month for quite a bit more money than that. She told me yesterday her supervisor looked at my site and claimed my entire blog is the problem, and spiders hate it. She said I need to "write my blog in my own words." I disagree. When I checked it at copyscape, I found only one post contained a few sentences of duplicate content, so I completely rewrote it and corrected the problem. I didn't find anymore duplicate content there for now.
I think my reciprocal links directory is likely the problem. The reason it shows lots of duplicate content is because link partners naturally use their same information all over the net, so this is unavoidable. Apparently, putting in a robots.txt exclusion to these pages for Slurp isn't good enough for Yahoo.
Some people both here and other SEO sites have claimed Yahoo hates reciprocal linking, and some have gotten back into Yahoo shortly after having removed theirs entirely.