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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.
Every SEO I spoke to, and some of these firms are well known, are stating Yahoo is currently using a database that does not include newer sites, and will continue to do so during the Christmas season. What are your thoughts on the matter?
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.