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What is wrong with Yahoo! Think about it, how many people will stop submitting sites to Yahoo, and paying $300 dollars annually. On a side note. Yahoo! is a Directory, ever since its creation, its founders started it off as a Directory of there favorite web pages.
Clearly a huge mistake for Yahoo leaving its roots as the worlds/internets largest Web Directory.
Recently added to the Yahoo! Directory
· Tuesday Oct. 8 - 1032
· Monday Oct. 7 - 726
· Sunday Oct. 6 - 30
· Saturday Oct. 5 - 27
· Friday Oct. 4 - 736
· Thursday Oct. 3 - 671
· Wednesday Oct. 2 - 893
Just think at 300 dollars a pop/annually how much money is Yahoo going to lose? I know they are lossing my business if they keep this up.
Just some quick math, in the last week Yahoo! added 4,115 web sites to there directory at 300 dollars a piece. That is 1,234,500 dollars in one week. 1.2 Million Dollars! How long can they afford to neglect Yahoo! Express users.
The search results are now first class which will keep users on their site longer which in turn will make the banner ads more expensive. Plus they are more interested in selling DSL service, hotjobs, web hosting, and premium e-mail service.
Also, most people will continue to give them the 300 for the listing because it is an automatic payment when setting a website.
I think most people in this forumn are focused on $300 they spent and not looking at the big picture from a corporate standpoint.
What can I do? If you're a web designer, create your own sites and nurture their pr? Nurture your client's PR?
There are so many ideas rushing my brain that I'm actually getting dizzy and am about to fall off my chair...
Ouch. Too early for mad scientist mode...
Surely, if they get enough compalints they'll see that they're going to lose most of their BizExpress revenue. People aren't stupid, they just aren't going to pay for it now.
What's the Yahoo email address for compalints? I can't find one anywhere.
All they have to do is put back the default searches back to the way they were before (directory results first). Is that too much to ask?
They then took it back in house, pulled some really clean and tight sheets - probably good, crisp linen - over the top of it and then jumped right into the all-new bed, now fit for all comers. Sic again.
Edited to add ...
Do the sums? Can you picture Yahoo HQ right now - lots of execs running around ... 'damn, we forget the Express Submit' ...?!
Again, Get Real.
You believe that? Looks like all they did was put up a red arrow that says, "Click here for Spam. Bad neighborhood around the corner." Your response made me laugh though and laughter is good for the soul.
If the best you can say is that the Spam is now slightly hidden, then surely even that is slightly better, no?
It seems to boil down to this - you think the results on Y! were better 'pre-Google'. I don't, and can't see how anyone else can either. But then I'm stubborn.
>>It seems to boil down to this - you think the results on Y! were better 'pre-Google'
Don't presume to tell me what I think.
>>If the best you can say is that the Spam is now slightly hidden, then surely even that is slightly better, no
No. Google penalizes sites that link to "bad neighborhoods" but then link to what you consider to be a spamfest and that doesn't bother you at all because Google "slightly hides the spam"?
[edited by: digitalghost at 3:21 pm (utc) on Oct. 11, 2002]
However, you now seem to be saying that the Y! directory is a spam neighborhood.
What's good about about all the results coming from Google?- the results. Mat
What about Mr small pockets? Now he has no chance to compete. All Mr big pockets is going to do is spend his thousands of dollars on optimising for Google (which accounts for more then 75% of all internet searches!) and kill Mr small pockets. Yes I will agree there were a lot of Spammy sites (Yahoo could have done a better job controlling it!), but at least it leveled the playing field a little. It allowed Mr small guy the opportunity to be listed high and have a good chance to be seen!
Never paid for AdWords either. I am the epitome of the small guy who can do well without paying (although this will all change, granted, but not for a while). Number one on all sorts of combos with Google - no SEO employed, just lots of reading up and refining.
Google are a level playing field, and content, for now at least, will do it. Yahoo just required money, Google require quality. I could not disagree with you more strongly on this. Mat
The issue is not spam here. It is not who's results are better. Yes Google now controls 75 percent of the Internet Seach Engine Market (Monopoly if I am Concerned), but the problem is what happened to the Yahoo! Directory that Yahoo has spend there whole Business Life Building. How can they just abandon it. Talk about Unethical Business. The web sites and webmasters that have Built Yahoo to what they are today, and now Yahoo turns there back on them.
Yes, I agree the results from Yahoo! were not all that great. I there would have not been this uproar if Yahoo! simply applied a new algo to there Yahoo! Directory Results, and kept it as defaut. Now that is ethical, everyone wins. Better results for the users/websurfers, and Yahoo! Express subscribers and those listed in the Directory are still a part of Yahoo!
Diversity is gone on the internet. Google controls all major search engines. And what about the little guy? Isn't the Internet suppose to be about global attention to the mom and pop, so to call web sites? Why do the large corporate companies need more traffic from SE's when they already can afford Million dollar TV/Media/News advertisements. Why punish those of us who know how to optimize and do the best we can for our internet Businesses?
The argument comes down to this: Yahoo! needs to focus on there Directory, possibly apply a new algo to get better results. Google results can not be displayed as default. The Yahoo! Directory, the Directory that made Yahoo! what it is today can no longer be backstabbed and neglected.
Now the problem I have with Google is, yes it is the most dynamic search engine, yet it cannot deviate between solid info and crap. For example, I did a search for plastic caps on Yahoo and the first listing under the new Yahoo was the Arizona State Book Store. IN the Yahoo directory, there lists plastic cap manufacturers and suppliers. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that the fact of paying $300 per year and having a human editor review leads to greater quality leads. Again I am not bashing Google because I respect their achievements. I just don't like this move by Yahoo, even though the directory resutls are still available (will Joe Surfer know to look to the directory versus the web results?)
Google has now forced us to have all our eggs in one basket. Because who is there to choose from now? Google or Yahoogle?
It will be interesting to see over the next few months to what all of us can do. Will it be possible to get all our sites back up in the rankings? I think Google has made it clear that they feel that there results are focused on Large Corporations that dominate the market anyways. What about us?
Do we have a chance? What about free enterprise on the internet? Will it still be around? Yeah it will be just on the 10th page of Yahoogle SE results.
I guess it goes back to only the strong survive, the rest is dead.
(strong meaning the ones with money...)