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Just jumped back, Home page ranks for a lot of phrases, where before interior pages were all over the first pages, 2 at a time.
I haven't looked to closely at the SERPs themselves, but we've been working hard for three months now updating our information and making it a lot more useful from a user's perspective. Even though we've added only a few new pages in the past three months (we used to add a page a day) we're adding quite a bit of valuable information to our existing pages.
Looks like that effort might pay off.
[edited by: MLHmptn at 5:38 pm (utc) on Oct. 11, 2006]
Now at least my homepage is back at #2 when I search for my domain name. (sigh... shouldn't it be #1?) and my main key phrase search returns my homepage at #19. Actually from my point of view, Yahoo, hasn't started fluxing. They never stopped!
All the best to everyone!
I am not saying they do it on purpose, I think they are incompetent. When I see more niche authority sites dropping down to nowhere + spammy or totally outdated pages getting page 1 I find it ridiculous.
SPAM ME, SPAM ME <<<--- is what those SERP tell me. Please spam me with website that are part of my Yahoo Search Marketing program so by providing terrible organic results I get even more money from Pay Per Click!
How much do they spend on research again?
Or is their only goal to set us up so we click on paid links? (as they were sued for doing so in the past I think)
I don't think that they really know what they're doing :)
They did nasty things in the past, they still do when hand coding competitve search results (which shows how much they think of their own algorithm) but now I just think that they are lost.
If Google goes with social networking like when buying youtube, well it's time for Y! shareholders to get their money back and leave.
Anyway, poor webmasters don't worry, for what the amount of Traffic from Yahoo is compared to Google...
I am not an expert but I challenge everyone with showing me what direction they want to go to with such pitiful so called updates.
They get caught in ABSOLUTELY any SEO trick! Do they actually use their own search engine? I doubt it!
But honestly, very little of my traffic is from Yahoo.
We'll see how this affects this month.
Last month's percentages from one site as example:
Google 80 %
Yahoo 8 %
MSN 4 %
AOL 2 %
Lycos 1 %
AllTheWeb 1 %
A9.com 1 %
AltaVista 1 %
Tiscali 1 %
Ask Jeeves 1 %
[edited by: amznVibe at 6:06 am (utc) on Oct. 12, 2006]
A Yahoo Directory Entry seems to be more important than ever. If you look at the results that donīt have an entry -below the results with an entry :-) you see worst results ever.
Yahoo changes are from multiple data centers. See your site's keyword from Yahoo on your browser and it will be so different on your neighbors computer.
To verify the update I have to use an Anonymous Proxy or Altavista.com.
My opinion is that it is not a big update, only a small glitch.
It seems to me that yahoo gives too weight on the keywords in URL....
I don't touch anything. Every three months Yahoo considers my site an authority, then pulls it and places it around 25th. Happens usually during every update.
This is exactly what happens with one of my major client sites. They're ranked between 1-10 on their top 20 phrases, Yahoo does an update and they tank, and then over the following month or six weeks, they climb right back up to where they were before. All without my doing a thing to the site.