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SiteExplorer: API broken?

"Service temporarily unavailable"

5:48 pm on Oct 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi, since last thursday, I cannot use the Yahoo Siteexplorer-API anymore. Either Yahoo returns "service temporarily unavailable" or only the firt 50 results - no matter what value the start-value has. Can someone confirm this or is it just for me? Does anybody know something about it?
5:48 pm on Oct 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yes, I'm noticing exactly the same thing. I receive the following XML response from search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerServices/V1/:

<Error xmlns="urn:yahoo:api">
The following errors were detected:
<Message>service temporarily unavailable [C:28]</Message>

It seems the error is *only* with the API because when I try the same searches using the browser interface at siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com, everything seems normal and I receive more than 50 results.

1:58 pm on Oct 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It was very slow when I used it this morning and it's not working for me at all now. I'm in the UK.
2:07 pm on Oct 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Well, okay, it's a free service, but its a pity that yahoo doesn't tell anything about it on there api-pages :-/ A small hint there would just be polite.
7:10 pm on Oct 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Is there anybody who knows where to get support about Yahoo! web services?
4:37 pm on Oct 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There is definitely a problem with [siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com....] It was completely in accessible for about a week. That problem was repaired the second week of October.

Now the new problem is that the service only returns 50 results. This is consistent both via the public URL (http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com) and the web services API URL: (http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/inlinkData/)

Even for www.microsoft.com, the results show 50 results. This is really terrible. I hope they fix it soon.

5:08 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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When I try to go to: [siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com...] , it opens the page to a far eastern site - [hi.baidu.com...]

I'm accessing from the UK - does anyone know why this is happening?

[edited by: martinibuster at 4:57 am (utc) on Oct. 19, 2007]
[edit reason] Fixed URL. [/edit]

11:27 am on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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yea, b/c china seems to have redirected search traffic from yahoo, google and microsoft to baidu.

Try doing a search on Google and see what happens.

7:54 pm on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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What china has to do with it.
He is accessing it from UK.
11:41 am on Oct 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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That is exactly what was happening in China at this time. Any chance his ISP resolves to China? :)

Check the news on "China Google or Yahoo Baidu" You will see what I mean.