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This was confirmed with a site:domain search two days later.
Please fix this, or must we switch back to using the crude urlist.txt format?
I did some structure moving this year and 301'd them to a new location.
When I submitted the sitemap I think that it effectively dropped all of my old URLs and only kept what was listed in my sitemap (the new URLs).
Just a hunch but that seems to be what happened to me. My yahoo traffic dropped dramatically after I submitted the sitemap.
Thanks for the response. They are stating the sites less than 6 months old, that have reaped the benefit of being on the first page for a month or two and then lost their rankings will have the most incentive to buy ads from overture.
Thanks again for the very quick response. I'll call a couple of the SEO tmrw. However, they are stating it is going to take longer due to the usage of the old index from yahoo during the Christmas season, so I dont think that is a selling tactic on their part.
I emailed Y! using the form in SiteExplorer and got a reply saying that it had been determined that my site 'may' have fallen foul of Y!'s guidelines.
I find that staggering as I've deliberately erred on the side of caution. Neither Google nor MSN has a problem with it. Also if it did contravene the guidelines why not de-index all the pages?
I suggest you return to the old sitemap protocol, or use urllist.txt until Y! get it sorted.