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Does site explorer show why I'm not ranking?

9:16 am on Apr 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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We used to be #1 for all sorts of terms on Yahoo then something went wrong, and the best we can now achieve is #6. For the top term that we target that was rock solid #1 for years we are now down at #26.

When I go into site explorer I notice some really dodgy sites linking to me which I've reported as spam but they are still there. Also a raft of URLs with query strings that are nothing to do with anything we have done. When I click show details it says Last crawled: 1970/01/01 00:00:00 GMT.

I'm not sure if Siteexplorer is just showing up stuff that Yahoo is not using in ranking or if it is showing up problems that I need to address to get my ranks back.

I've written to them and received this: "We appreciate your support as we work to resolve this issue. Please continue to use the beta and provide additional feedback should you notice other areas that need our attention."

What I wanted was confirmation that what I was seeing was not affecting my ranking.