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I am just confused by what I see. Do any others see something similar?
I can't discuss the specifics, for obvious reasons.
But some of my pages rank quite well in Yahoo for their appropriate search phrases: these are all pages that are linked to by DMOZ (with the search phrase in the DMOZ anchor text).
I'm guessing Yahoo generally dislikes my site, but "trusts" the DMOZ links enough to override that in specific cases.
I am wondering if this was to allow for some data collection (user movement through the site).
Otherwise, it is completely inexplicable to me. The sites seem perfectly appropriate for free search or SiteMatch, and are in the directory (one of which is a category sponsor).
Yahoo! Handcodes results for certain high voulme terms, especially terms that are saturated with SPAM.
One of my sites used to be fully indexed 100k+ pages and ranking well for thousands of terms. As well as being #1 for the top term in the niche (200k+ searches a month on the YSM Keyword tool). Then one day the entire site got banned (f'd if I could ever figure out why). All of the pages were removed from the index and I did not even show for a search on www.#*$!#*$!X.com --- Buuuut, I still had the #1 for the big term, using my DMOZ/Y!Directory description and title.
Eventually, after much moaning and no result, we signed up for sitematch and spend $500 promoting 10 URLs. Slowly over the next three months our site was reindexed. I stopped funding the Sitematch account and here we are six months later. I have 49600 pages saturated, but NONE (Read 0, zero, nada, nil, null clicks) of them generate any traffic except the hard coded term. The rest of the terms in the niche are riddled with more spam than ever.
So, I was completly banned and there I was #1... Now I might as well be banned because all slurp does for me is eat bandwidth, but there I am... #1. Is it because I am so good damned good looking? I doubt it...
Goodroi, in response to your question, these sites were rejected for Sitematch after they were removed/banned from the serps 2 years ago. They recently returned to the top of this particular query within the past 2 months and have not moved since.