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Coming Soon: No Yahoo Directory Tag

Will Remove Yahoo Title & Description from SERPs

   
7:26 pm on Oct 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Ditto on the Yahoo directory...
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Please, Tim... a NOYAHOO tag. ;)

9:15 pm on Nov 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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One tag, less junk to put in the code! noodp should be used for both, if you like your Yahoo title and description you can add it manually to the appropriate tags. Having one generic tag that covers those two and more might be a little tough for everyone to get in sync with...one tag, one love, peace! :)
7:42 pm on Nov 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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any idea if this will be ready before the holiday shopping rush begins? Thanks.
3:32 am on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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any news on this yet?
6:23 pm on Dec 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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any news on this yet?

I thought I'd kick this up to ask the same question. When?

8:21 pm on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You would think they would fix this before the did a new search update. Hopefully this will be incorporated into the new search update.
7:48 am on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You would think they would fix this before the(y) did a new search update....

Not necessarily. Particularly if they're talking with the other engines and considering the many thoughtful suggestions made on this thread, it's liable not to be an overnight thing.

On the other hand, dropping the Directory title is something that Yahoo has said it would do at least once or twice before, and that's fallen by the wayside, so I'd like this issue to stay live this time. This is the closest I've seen to it's really happening.

Tim

8:47 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi Robert,
We are planning to do this in the near future. It is in progress. I will check if this will go into the next update happening in January.
Thanks, Tim
6:49 am on Dec 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi Tim,

Thank you. I have clients standing by to submit their sites to the Yahoo Directory the moment this happens.

Happy holidays...

Bob

:)

6:30 pm on Dec 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Wow, I sure would like to see this soon. Our sites description is just awful. I bet I could double the click through rate if we had this now. Our site is weight loss related and we could sure use this heading into our busiest time of the year. Please santa Tim.
8:17 pm on Dec 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I will gladly submit two sites into yahoo directory once they implement No Yahoo Directory Tag!
5:09 pm on Jan 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yea, I wish the site where I work at had never submitted to Yahoo! Directory before I got here. Too late now and I have tried contacting Yahoo! to change our listing and, surprise, surprise, not a peep from them in almost a year.

We come up good for our actual terms, but doesn't look good like it does in Google, MSN, and others. Well, I think Yahoo! is slowly pulling their heads out of their posteriors since they are losing so much money now.

Hm, I think that's what it takes anymore... you can BEG companies to do better and they won't change UNTIL they lose some BIG, BIG bucks! I guess it goes back to that old saying, "Vote with your feet".

:)

10:52 pm on Jan 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm also standing by waiting for this as well. The description being served is horribly irrelevant. If I would've known that this was going to happen, I never would've talked the company into submitting a listing.
12:58 am on Jan 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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to Yahoo: do you guys have an approximate idea of when this might happen? sure would generate a lot more traffic for folks..

thanks for your feedback to the concerns of webmasters.

1:24 am on Jan 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Are We There Yet?

But seriously, great idea (only just found this thread), but I hope it goes in robots.txt instead / as well - I agree about the non-desirability of more meta tags unless site-related. SE-related stuff really should be in robots.txt

I also think that this is another area where all the major SEs should be talking - that also may reduce duplication, confusion and clutter.

Good Luck with this!

1:55 am on Jan 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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"...many Webmasters with cheap/free hosting or working in corporate/academic environments don't have robots.txt access, so an on-page standard is needed as well."
4:18 pm on Jan 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Has there been any word on this development lately? Can someone look into this?

Tim

7:28 am on Jan 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Update: This is still in the works. I will provide a revised ETA in the near future.
Tim
4:52 pm on Jan 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Tim,

Here are your posts on this thread so far:

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Oct 25, 2006

Yes we are working on it. Will let you know when it is ready. What do you think is the right approach a different tag or should the NOODP tag apply to both YDIR and ODP?
Tim

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Oct 28, 2006

Thanks everyone for your comments. This feedback is very useful and we will discuss it and implement a solution in the near future.
Thanks again,
Tim

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Dec 15, 2006

Hi Robert,
We are planning to do this in the near future. It is in progress. I will check if this will go into the next update happening in January.
Thanks, Tim

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Jan 31, 2007

Update: This is still in the works. I will provide a revised ETA in the near future.
Tim

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I can just hope that in a month there won't be another post on this thread advising us that this feature will be available in "near future".

But seriously, Tim, we need this feature. We really do. So please make this a priority as much as you can. Also, when you and your team work on this, please make sure that implementation of this tag won't cause sudden drops in Yahoo SERPs.

Thanks,

Thousands of Webmasters (I'm sure I can safely say this)

5:04 pm on Feb 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thats why most company's usually don't come out and give updates because people respond in exasperation.

Just be pleased we have a Yahoo authority/insider giving us some kind of update.

Thanks Tim, as frustrated as I am with the description being served I appreciate you taking the time to update us on the status of the project.

2:50 am on Feb 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It would be a great addition for sure. I myself have got one Yahoo Directory listing few days ago, and now my site appears in SERPs in Yahoo with title and description it has in the Yahoo Dir.

I would definitely like to see no Yahoo Dir meta tag (or robots, whatever...even in Yahoo's Site Explorer it could be implemented). Please keep us posted on this one!

Make sure to have it done as soon as possible ;)

Thanks!

4:31 pm on Feb 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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hey at least he's on here responding to our comments - which is more than I can say for most major corporations. I'm sure they are doing their best - but like every one else can't wait for this feature to be ready.
8:57 pm on Feb 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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On the matter of re-doing robots .txt code:

The idea that robot .txt holds some sort of "salvation" is in my humble view wrong. And as far as search engines go the fact that we say: "do this do not do or go to something else" does NOT mean that the robots obey us. It simply means that we are REQUESTING something from robots who crawl our pages.

The distinction is important - as it would prove a very powerful black hat tool to run robot .txt code IF engines actually followed orders. They do not by the very idea that they are being programed to search out spam and spamming and spammers BEFORE searching content; in other words making new code structures for robots .txt is not going to do anything but add code to a page.

5:56 pm on Feb 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Responding or not, what's the deal with this? This is not mind-numbingly difficult to incorporate.

Again, great work Google on getting the noodp implemented. I can't even begin to fathom how Y! let MSN beat them to the punch as well.

4:09 pm on Feb 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Update: This is still in the works. I will provide a revised ETA in the near future.

Just wanted to check to see if we were getting close to the "near future" yet.

Any kind of guestimate as to when this will be coming? This spring? summer? fall...?

12:22 am on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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But really could you please provide an ETA at least?

There are enough blind spots in SEO already.

If this is to be implemented, please tell us when, and if not, please tell us that it won't be.

6:14 pm on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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But really could you please provide an ETA at least?

They did, four weeks ago on January 30th.

There are enough blind spots in SEO already.

It's supposed to be that way. Implementation of this tag will not aid your ranking efforts. It could help your clickthrough rate though.

On the downside, if Yahoo wanted a quick and dirty signal that a website was likely to be engaged in SEO efforts, this tag would be a good one, especially for catching the first adopters. Yeah, I've got my tin fedora on. ;)

If this is to be implemented, please tell us when, and if not, please tell us that it won't be.

They are doing this with no apparent benefit to themselves other than the Public Relations value in making a relatively few webmasters happy.

6:18 pm on Feb 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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done and done!

[ysearchblog.com...]

Go Yahoo!

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