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I've recently got back into the SEO game & noticed that a network of 100+ domains that we had (all unique information in same industry) are not indexed properly by Yahoo.
All the sites appear in Yahoo's site Explorer - however they show only 1 page (homepage) even though they are rich in content. The sites are doing fine in google - some showing 18,000 unique pages.
The only explination I can find is that I had these sites interlinked at some point & they were hosted on the same server.
Could this have resulted in a ban from Yahoo?
If so - can anyone share any ideas on how to fix this in Yahoo's eyes? The sites are no longer interlinking & I've redesigned many of them - but I cannot see any changes in the past 6 months...
Thanks in advance for any ideas/help.
If you have crosslinked websites hosted on neighbouring IP addresses you are doomed. No way to get in the Yahoo index.
I would agree with this. Yahoo is very punitive and they have extremely long memories when it comes to these matters.
If you want to confirm a penalty you can ask them here; [add.yahoo.com...]
They will respond to that, and if your site is penalized your looking at a pretty steep mountain.
Now with that said...of course Yahoo and other engines are penalizing people that rely solely on crosslinking, which of course is very poor...not to mention cheap SEO and SHOULD be penalized.
Out with the crap is what I say.
Crosslinking is needed in many cases but dont rely only on crosslinking sites...go get some real links to balance things out and things will be good.
[edited by: AndAgain at 8:14 pm (utc) on Dec. 20, 2006]
If not and somehow we get screwed, which would be wrong in my opinion of course...we would just tweak the strategy and keep moving along right?
Most likely no, unless you mean starting all over again from scratch. The dilemma with Yahoo is they have practically zero capacity for allowing you to fix what they object to and then carry on. For almost all penalties, itís for ever. Yes, occasionally re-inclusion does happen but itís the minority. So if you value your sites I would be extremely careful with the cross linking. Of all the search engines Yahoo is the most sensitive to this. (Itís a crude and easy way to have some sort of police force, i.e. they do catch some junk, but lots of collateral damage. Not an elegant solution but itís the best they have)
The original poster talked about 100 sites interlinked and on the same server. This is the road to being penalized and IMHO thatís whatís happened;
All the sites appear in Yahoo's site Explorer - however they show only 1 page (homepage)
This is one of the classic signs of a penalty in Yahoo, only finding the home page.
If you have multiple sites, are interlinking between them, and value being in Yahoo I would change that strategy immediately; its extremely risky and once your penalized the chances of coming back are almost zero.
Everybody sort of bases their SEO/penalty thinking on Google, but the fact is Yahoo has always been the harshest, ever since the days they made every web master quake in their boots at the thought of being thrown out of the directory.
If you value having your sites in Yahoo, you can link one site to another, but do NOT reciprocate amongst your own sites.