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1:16 am on Jul 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Man, it has taken years to finally get someone help to take up our cause of finding out why we were blacklisted.

Turns out, there was an inappropriate setting at yahoo that caused us not to be in the index. It wasn't an actual issue with our site at all.

We just politely kept on them until they finally opted to try to help us out. They saw that we had over 60k inlinks but were clearly blacklisted. We asked for reason why by politely stating that we could not find any known/honest reason why we would be excluded and would gladly and immediately fix any issue they brought up.

1:36 am on July 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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RobDog, this is really helpful information, can you tell us who you contacted there, was it reinclusion link that many of us are aware of. I ahve sent numerous polite emails to them but never heard anything. Do you suggest we keep trying?

My site has been in a similar situation for over year and half. The only URLs they will lsist now is if I submit through the Search Submit Basic program. We have gone through our site and can't find aything that the site is doing wrong.

3:49 am on July 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You must be the most charming person on Earth. I have found time and time again that Yahoo! could give a crap about my sites, my ppc campaigns, or just about anything else.

Lucky guy..

8:30 am on July 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Well done!

I also found that Yahoo! do indeed listen to re-inclusion requests from honest polite people with legitimate sites.

In our case, I think we had too many Amzn pages. We removed them ages ago when G began penalizing them also, and asked Y! to list us, and they did.

I used the well known link mentioned above.

12:44 pm on July 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Charming? You bet because it sure isn't my good looks.

In any event, I tried politely posting a fairly detailed description of our problem in the site explorer feedback section after noticing a few of yahoo rep's were reading and replying.

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4:35 pm on July 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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i also know plenty of legit sites that got banned for no good reason and that Yahoo has ignored every single contact. So in your case I'd put it to pure luck on who read the email.
10:44 am on July 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I think that Yahoo does things completely outside any logic, they are just not good at being a search engine. They are good at other things.

When Google drops sites, there is most of the time a good reason that can be found (that we like it or not). With Yahoo, could be that they screwed up, flat and true.

When I see how their bot behaves, I cant find any reason to believe that these guys know what they are doin!

11:57 am on Aug 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Good story. Yahoo is clueless, but that's great how you were able to resolved it.
2:18 pm on Aug 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If the links that are "blacklisted" can cause exclusion from Yahoo, then does anyone know how to check to see if a site is blacklisted? Where these 60 blacklisted links "one way" or reciprocal?
9:58 am on Aug 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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RobDog SnoopCat

an inappropriate setting?
are you ranking for terms or just indexed?

3:23 pm on Aug 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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After more than a year now my site is no longer black listed in Yahoo as well. I followed your tip RobDog SnoopCat and posted on site Explorer. Yahoo employees looked at the site, and I made few changes and we are now compliant with their guidelines. I have to say I would have never figured the cause on my own.

In the past year and half I sent numerous emails and did not hear anything. One happy woman!

12:00 pm on Aug 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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can you guys please clarify than when you say you are no longer blacklisted whether you simply mean you are now indexed or you actually rank for meaningful terms and not just obscure phrases.
9:44 pm on Aug 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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In regards to my site, for over a year we didn't rank for any keywords. We were indexed for 30K pages but not ranking for any terms. Wrote several emails and received no reply other than an email saying our site is not compliant with Yahoo guidelines.
10:31 am on Aug 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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so you are saying you now rank for meaningful terms?
9:17 pm on Aug 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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yes we had 0 traffic from Yahoo and our traffic volume goes up every day since the ban has been lifted. They basically stated the ranking would return in a few weeks. Were now getting close to 5K and as I said the number keeps going up.
9:56 pm on Sept 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You got my hopes up that just maybe yahoo was actually reading these message now, so I submitted a very polite inquiry again using the "My site suddenly disappeared from rankings" option. Got this canned message. :-( I really wish they had human who would actually read and respond to their messages. To top it off they asked for permission to send me a customer satisfaction survey!

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