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How to Prevent Yahoo Directory Titles in Yahoo SERPs?

2:00 pm on Oct 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I know of the NOODP tag, but I was wondering the same about Yahoo! Directory...is there a tag to STOP Yahoo! from showing the directory listing in Yahoo! SERPS?

It really sucks that they do that and the listings are so bland and one simply cannot change anything with them...we have tried to get them to change our listing, but they NEVER answer. That is highly irritating.

Anybody know? and thanks...

5:06 pm on Oct 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't know but I'm having the same problem.
5:20 pm on Oct 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm not aware of anyway to do this in Yahoo.
7:16 pm on Oct 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for letting me know, I appreciate it. I had a feeling that there was no way to stop it...Oh well, we PAID for a screwing, LOL.
10:00 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Whats worse is when we are listed in three different categories in Yahoo and they pick the least descriptive and outdated title to use in the serps.

Yahoo Please fix this, it does not help your visitors to see outdated info, how about...

<meta name="robots" content="noYAHOO">

10:02 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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One of our sites had this issue and i emailed yahoo advising that i did not want the modified title from the directory but the site left as it was - i also requested that if they couldnt do it to take the site out of the directory.

To my amazement they adjusted it. The site was listed in the serps with its title tag and in the directory with Yahoos own wording. The site ranked great to.

Then three updates later they put the site back to the dam directory title again and the sites position in the serps was worse to boot.

The only thing that anoys me is when cr@p competing sites rank with their full title tag because they are not in the directory and get the lions share of the traffic whilst my site gets less hits due to the directory carrying a very basic title - thats the reward for getting in their directory!

Mind you, it could be worse - at least they dont use that dmoz junk!

3:22 am on Oct 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Unfortunately I am experiencing Yahoo Directory Listings problems with my site as well. The editor mispelled the city name and no matter how often I have emailed them to correct this PAID listing, there is no response. Does anyone have a suggestion on how I may contact them? Thanks.
5:18 pm on Oct 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've emailed and emailed and nothing ever changes. The problem I'm having is someone else submitted the title and now my employer is asking why I can't get it changed.
11:37 am on Oct 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well funny enough i recently posted this topic and it wouldnt get past the mods for some reason. The point was i have seen a site, and i believe its a rcent addition addition, that has a custom keyworded title instead of its domain name added to the directory. I was asking if this is a new feature or a sign of inside help as we know members post about from time to time. Clearly IT IS possible.
11:11 pm on Oct 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Does anyone have a suggestion on how I may contact them?

A while back I was able to get Yahoo to change the title of my site listed in their directory. For some reason the title was listed as "domainname.com". I requested that they change the title to the name of my site and they did.

Here is the form I used:

12:12 am on Oct 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Rocker, I used the form that you are referring to: [add.yahoo.com...] and after a month tried again to have my description corrected to reflect the correct spelling of the city "San Diego" not "San Deigo" as they have mispelled it, and I still haven't received a response or change. I feel frustrated with this PAID for listing and the error they made in the description spelling. Any other suggestions?
3:54 am on Oct 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It does seem odd Yahoo will not let you suggest a change for your own site title. I have a site in the directory, which is listed as mysite.com. It is one of only two sites listed with the domain name, rather than a descriptive title.

I cannot understand why Yahoo has such apprehension about retyping a title on a link (or a description), which would provide a better visitor experience.

(I would think in a directory you would want the 'title' link text to accurately represent the end result of the click, and since my domain is genericdomain.com it does not.)

If they are concerned about people changing too often, they could easily make it an annual option to review your title and description.

I would even go a little further and suggest a $10 fee could be charged if you wanted to make edits at your annual review.

(I can read, copy, paste and save a number of emails (or database retreivals) containing the necessary edits in an hour, so they might even show a return if they hire some ambitious title/description updaters.)


6:59 am on Oct 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yahoo uses your directory listing as a description but they're now adding some tidbits too if your site is getting busy according to Y.
11:42 am on Oct 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo said they will begin support of the noodp tag but not yet a tag to block the yahoo directory.

I interviewed Tim Mayer last night and posted some of the recap on this specific point at [seroundtable.com...]


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