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Yahoo Update, August 2008

Several movings in several fields

     
11:43 am on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I do not know if this is limited to Italy, but I see different results today.

Sites having the keyword in the urls are gaining positions.
Internal anchor text links have more weight than ever...

1:49 pm on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am seeing significant changes in yahoo as well
11:46 am on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/yahoo_search/3712849.htm [webmasterworld.com] by engine - 3:21 pm on Aug. 1, 2008 (utc +1)


Definitely a shake-up...
3:52 pm on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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There's no mention on their blog about it..
4:35 pm on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Definitely something going on.. I've been tracking keywords daily for the last few weeks and have been noticing yoyo's, updates and rollbacks in 12 hour increments.

I though it had something to do with their pain inclusion algo, but i really think it has to do with template identification algo.

12:33 am on Aug 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I got hit pretty hard...went from number 5 on a very competive 2 keyword term to number 20. OUCH. Not sure what is going on. My ranking on Google and MSN remain strong.
1:54 am on Aug 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Looks like an update to me too.
2:32 am on Aug 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I would be surprised if these results stick. I am seeing some very strange results..
3:39 am on Aug 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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By Monday things will settle down...
3:20 pm on Aug 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It looks like MSN to me with all the weight in the domain name...
4:16 pm on Aug 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Our site has lost about 30% of traffic
9:09 am on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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> By Monday things will settle down...

It's Monday but from here, Italy, things haven't yet settled down....
Maybe in your country things are settling down.

1:43 pm on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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(sigh) So much love for Wikipedia at Y. Sad.

Here's a question: What's better, two listing in the top five in the SERPs or one as number one? From what I've heard here, #1 is it.

2:58 pm on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I can confirm that things have not settled down. We're still down 30%.
6:32 pm on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Looks like Yahoo has been getting advice from Google. Screw up the results and force more small business into the advertising. Turmoil and screw-ups equal profits.
6:33 pm on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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looks pretty bad, the worse bunch of results I have seen on Yahoo.
They are consistantly worse every 6 months. use ask.com
9:53 pm on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Looks like they announced the update on their blog
11:18 pm on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Screw up the results and force more small business into the advertising.

Whatever changes happen on some search engine algo, someone will inevitably come up with this one. It's not very original anymore.

12:53 am on Aug 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo had not been so ugly for a bit. Hehe, this was a bad one even by their "standards" :)
2:23 am on Aug 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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>>By Monday things will settle down...

I'm sorry, but I was never suggesting that things would revert to their prior state by Monday. I was merely pointing out that Yahoo typically rolls out an updat on a Thursday or Friday and things pretty much settle down by the following Monday.

Our traffic doubled from Yahoo on this last update - but that doesn't mean much except that we like the update ;)

This is a rather young site (4 years old) by Yahoo's standards. We're not taking off on this last update - we get about 10% of our traffic from Yahoo.

[edited by: BillyS at 2:25 am (utc) on Aug. 5, 2008]

11:01 pm on Aug 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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We have never ranked in the top 100 results in Yahoo since their split with Google. Starting a couple of days ago, our site started showing up in Yahoo serps. Most of our kw phrases are now on either the first or second page.

This is obviously an update.

5:35 am on Aug 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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hmm, we went from top 10 to 50/100 on all of our keywords .... there is must an update .... hope the ranking will be back in the next few days
6:50 am on Aug 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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RE:
>>By Monday things will settle down...
> I'm sorry, but I was never suggesting that things would revert to
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> their prior state by Monday. I was merely pointing out that Yahoo
> typically rolls out an updat on a Thursday or Friday and things pretty
> much settle down by the following Monday.

I apologize! I misunderstood it...
I was hoping that everything would have been reversed....

In any case I still see a lot of movements.
I think that Yahoo is rotating results to get information on the most clicked sites...

10:38 am on Aug 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am seeing my sites highly rank in the UK results and have disappeared from the US results, My site is a .com not .uk, is there anyway to reverse this issue?
8:51 pm on Aug 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Screw up the results and force more small business into the advertising.

Whatever changes happen on some search engine algo, someone will inevitably come up with this one. It's not very original anymore.

Koan, so in your infinite wisdom you thought things were going to stay the same at Yahoo once Google stepped into the picture. Do tell me more because the response seems wierdly out-of-touch. Are you telling us Google wants to settle for the status quo in the Yahoo advertising and serps and the might of Yahoo will determine it? Not likely in my view.

2:00 pm on Aug 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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has anyone seen any improvements? We've lost about 50% of our Yahoo traffic since July.
9:03 am on Aug 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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> has anyone seen any improvements?

No improvements at this time.
The algo seems now stable.....

I have the impression that they give less weight to the domain age.

10:29 pm on Sept 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have a site that is ranked very strongly in Google & MSN but saw the Yahoo rankings absolutely tank with this update. The site is a bona fide authority and there's no reason for this. Not sure what can be done b/c they don't really have a console but just a "feedback form". Any ideas?