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8:24 am on Jul 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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From Google's webmaster guidelines on how to get into the index:

Following these guidelines will help Google find, index, and rank your site ... Submit your site to relevant directories such as the Open Directory Project and Yahoo!, as well as to other industry-specific expert sites

Mentioning a rival by name ... is that to fend off lawsuits for removing Yahoo's directory page's toolbar pagerank?

They must have looked at Yahoo's directory submission page and known that most webmasters would have to pay to have any chance of being listed so this can only be a revenue sending exercise surely?

9:45 am on July 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The mention of the ODP and Yahoo directory have been there for years, since back when Yahoo did have a free option. I don't think there's any significance of Google's mention of it, other than it's a reasonably comprehensive, human edited directory. Whatever the case now, the Y! dir clearly has some historical pedigree.
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The mention of the ODP and Yahoo directory have been there for years

Sorry about that then, I was sure I'd read that page/section a few times over the years and I had not noticed it before.

11:06 am on July 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Yes, it has been like this for years. Remember you pay for a review with Yahoo, there is no guarantee that your site will be accepted, though in practice I expect that most are.
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Remember you pay for a review with Yahoo

Is there anyone still suffering penalties from this?

It took years for one of my old sites to be listed completely with Yahoo! whereas new ones were accepted 100% within weeks and still tend to rank more highly!

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The fact that Yahoo has strict guidelines and payment of a review fee doesnt guarantee inclusion, makes its a quality directory. It also means that sites included in Yahoo directory are unlikely to be spam / junk or chuck away sites.

I think google are right to leave the comment as it is - if you want to be listed in a quality directory, Yahoo is the directory to submit to. It has no bias, no editor self interests to consider and it guarantees a review for the fee.

If your sites of quality and its of a high standard and benefits users and you want to be in a directory you have a high chance of being listed and listed correctly in Yahoo. Meanwhile anything boarderline or below need not apply.

Google may take a listing in Yahoo as one of many signals of a sites "trust" who knows but as google works on finding links to sites a directory is possibly one of the first places a webmaster will look to for a link, so google are right to still list Yahoo as a directory to submit to imo

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It took years for one of my old sites to be listed completely with Yahoo! whereas new ones were accepted 100% within weeks and still tend to rank more highly!

I have helped lots of sites to rank well that have never had a Yahoo directory listing. I do think that Google can see a listing as a sign of a site being of a certain quality though.

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My $299 was wasted IMO. You should be listing there for traffic, rather than a boost in Google... but whatever the case, I've seen three referrals from my Yahoo listing in the last 8 months... yes, that's right... three people in 8 months.

I also saw no improvement in any other sense, anywhere, anything. Pay it for what... Kudos?