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From what I can decipher from the latest update:
a) weight for age of site has increased
b) weight for directory listings have decreased
hopefully this update will help yahoo keep there index fresh and avoid the issues their competitors face which make many site wait months before ranking.
ps my site is not #1 for every keyword so the update must suck, j/k ypete :)
actually get some people that have a clue about search.
You hit the nail on the head. They keep making all these personnel changes in other sectors but they need to grasp the fact they have to dramatically improve their search results. Do that, and all sorts of goods things will happen. Just ask the folks at Google.
This “update” is just one more in a long line of them that never results in marked improvement in their algorithm.
Big, sweeping changes, top to bottom have been needed for a long time now.
they say its going to take till the weekend.
Actually, they posted the report last thursday and said they update was already happening, and would be finished by this past weekend. Is already done...
I saw some improvement in 1 site I'd gotten many new backlinks for, but no change in much else.
Is it just me, or is Wikipedia even more prominent than in the past?
No, it's not just you. But, to be fair, Wikipedia makes a certain amount of sense in the search terms I follow. Still, I think most searchers would like our site better than what they find on Wikipedia. But, we need to improve.
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Referrals from them are a non-issue, and their crawlers seem to make a lot of visits but that isn't reflected in the way they index pages, especially in terms of pages indexed.
Results: Yahoo has completely demoted the site which ranked on page 1 for many keywords. Why? well in my opinion they just can't process the data...
In the meantime Google and MSN results were stable, which SHOULD be the case since all keywords kept placement and density and no backlink was modified nor the internal structure of the site changed.
Yahoo has definetely a LOT to learn, maybe even from MSN (which is not perfect for the least).
And once again they've included some junk in their directory, junk being translated as authority in SERP's.
They should change their staff as well.
BTW their directory is mostly gone supplemental in Google, they should ask for reinclusion :)))
"traffic from Y! is a non-issue" >> I don't agree, although I don't really pay attention to such a low volume it generates its part of the profit on some of our sites.
Although the current update is not the greatest, it is much better than what I am seeing today. The top ten for some competetive terms are flooded with suspended free hosting accounts.
If I am ever searching for something myself - I never use Yahoo. I just don't trust the results.