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Putting this much emphasis on external links w/o having theming/mapping, authority, and (ideallly) semantic stuff working well is problematic. Issues that arise include:
- quality niche sites with good but not huge numbers of links tend to struggle (I see a little more of that with this tweak, I think)
- searches with words having multiple meanings can be awfully bad
- lots of links with right words can work wonders for a page/site, even if from only vaguely related and unrelated sites.
Add to that heavy handed filters that clip out best pages and feature bad choices from good sites, and you've got a real mixed bag. Link sellers gotta be feeling giddy right now.
The old ado about Google bombing a competitor would surely hurt somebody with this new Yahoo algo. Put your competitors on some spam link farm and WALLA! This update is an utter mess.
Something else I just noticed...Yahoo indexing it's own clicks of Overture clients PPC ads.....Very interesting Yahoo! Proof that Inktomi spiders PPC ads, not only their own either as I see Google tags as well!
YSM is now turned OFF until further notice!
[edited by: MLHmptn at 8:49 am (utc) on July 21, 2006]
They seem to be in a state of change, but I don't know if it's good or bad for me.
Seing a little improvement today. (If we can name improvement what is the most obsolete algo compared to GG/MSN)
Based on what I've seen in the last two months I would say all three have their fair share of issues...
Well it's not like anyone is searching on Yahoo anymore....when they decide to really work on a serious algorithm instead of trying to put up their PPC ads everywhere...just wake me up!
When you are getting really serious traffic from Yahoo for keywords you might change your mind on this...
ranking 3 months ago
As you can see Yahoo and MSN have really been going downhill lately.
But here is a strange thing, when I use Yahoo Australia and do a search for wherever in the world the results look fine, good content, relative results, fine, same apllies if I use Y Singapore, but use the main .com and it's a different story.
Strange but exactly the same happens on M, use the main .com and you get one set of results, use anything like Brazil, Australia, Arabia, Singapore even if searching for say Canada or France!
Anyone have any ideas why South East Asia websites can do very well using Y international sites, regardless of where in the world they are, but can't get anywhere on the main .com?
But as always, Ask has NO TRAFFIC.