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I'm always more interested in figuring out how to move on. Any ideas what to do now? Do we stop submitting to Yahoo, and spend all time and energy on Google? Even though Google's is king, pay less attention to Google and start looking at Ink and other alternatives?
I'm at a loss.
Now that they are doing this - I don't honestly see how I can justify paying to get into Yahoo - there are other ways.
It's pretty ironic - I got an acceptance letter for the last site I submitted just three days ago within minutes of the news...for once, I was pretty unhappy to see the email - even if it did mean I got in.
It's just really stupid....what are they thinking. My guess is they are doing a quick fix to try to bring the relevance back, b/c they are losing so much market share to Google. What they don't get, it that Google is buying not selling. Google will slip in the Adwords within weeks....I'm sure they left that door open. Bad move.
I'm absolutely sure the people at Yahoo would have never allowed for the slightest chance of getting sued.
Lets face it, we all knew for a long time a big change was in order at Yahoo.
The only way directry results will show in keyword searches is when you do a search from a searchbox within a category or directory results page.
Well I was seriously considering an investment/gamble for one of my affiliate sites...
No longer. PR just isn't enough...
IMO submission just for the sake of increasing PageRank isn't that much different from paying for PageRank from a site advertising PageRank for sale.
$300.00 per year with a placement in the right category can add thousands of uniques each month or even per day.
In most instances, PageRank from just 1 link from anywhere wouldn't produce this result by increasing your Google SERPs.
Recommend you re-consider your re-consideration.
But now dir listings will pull only a small portion of traffic reviously pulled.
$300 for a year of increased pagerank is a good deal. It wasn't said that a Yahoo link would be the complete Google Pagerank strategy.
If Google uses Yahoo dir listings for Pagerank, than submitting to Yahoo to increase Pagerank is perfectly acceptable. Google made the rules, there is nothing wrong with using those rules..
My condolences to you. I fully understand your situation. I submitted our web site to Yahoo--a paid submission of $300/year and at first we were included and ranked highly for two important keywords.
I checked today and our web site has disappeared from the results under these important keywords. Our competition remains in the results. I agree with jaytierney that millions of pissed off people are going to react to this. We have limited marketing spend and to throw it away to a prominent Search Engine like Yahoo! is a serious waste.
It seems our internet destinies are controlled on the most part by Search Engines whose unethical acts are hurting our traffic and ultimately our business. Im lost for words and alternatives at the moment...
I'm afraid that the contract is very clear and that there has been no misrepresentation from Yahoo! whatsoevr.
From day 1 when they introduced the paid submission policy, they made it very clear that all that you were paying for was an express review of your website and that if it conformed to their criteria, that you would be listed in their directory within a certain time period. At no stage has Yahoo! made a claim that your listing would appear above anyone elses or that the methodology that they use to govern search results will not change.
Legally, there is nothing that one can do! I have lost some great listings for clients and will have some interesting discussions with them in the next couple of weeks.
I cant see the current listings staying as they are for too long. Yahoo! will find an elegant way to promote their directory listings above a third party providers. With recurring directory fees, they have to! One might find that all the listings that were obtained pre paid submission will be relegated and paid listings will be given more prominence in some form or shape.
Legally, I'm sure they covered their you-know-what. I'm also sure that they got a big laugh all the way to the bank, though, with that $300 some of us plunked down last week for what amounts to a Google listing!
Yes, you only pay for consideration, but we paid that money under the impression that we would be considered for inclusion in something that was unique - not just a rehash of Google, which is basically the situation I'm in with my site/keywords.
I'm not upset b/c I paid $300 & don't show up. In the "old" Yahoo, with one of my sites, I paid the $300 and didn't rank well at all, but I wasn't indignant at that, because I knew going into it that it was a chance I was taking. I was willing to take that chance, though, hoping to place well in a unique directory/search results.
What I AM upset about is that I paid $300 last week for a "duplicate" GOOGLE listing! Illegal? No.
...but where do I go to cancel all my recurring charges for next year because I'm darn sure not going to PAY for what I can get for free.