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I've always been under the impression that Yahoo gives a lot of weight to a domain's age. We might just be hitting one of those threshold values - our site is nearly 5 years old now.
joined:Oct 25, 2005
Yes an update
Confirming the update.
Hint to Y!: Turn DOWN the Wiki points in the algorithm, like Google have.
Well, after this update I am on the first page. But the sites listed immediately above and below mine are such a junk that I can hardly be happy about the change.
I can not believe these SERPS are to stay.
Sadly, Yahoo! seem to have followed Google by weighting Wikipedia pages higher than ever before. So now we see appalling Wikipedia articles outranking far superior pages that used to be above Wiki in Y!
3 years ago, I ranked #1 for a big key phrase in my niche. Brought in nice, very targetted traffic. Then it dissapeared. Yahoo just didn't like me anymore. Went from #1 to oblivion then last year stayed at page #20++. Whatever I tried, Yahoo! just refused to move me from the tail end of the serps. Contacted Yahoo! twice. They gave a boilerplate reply about my site contravening one of their policies. The only thing I could think of was that Yahoo! refused to follow a re-direct for one of my major pages and just kept on spidering the new pages while keeping the old. In other words, as far as Yahoo was concerned, I had almost a thousand duplicate pages of content.
I've given up on Yahoo! because although I'm back on page #1, it may last just one day, one week or one hour. With Yahoo! I never know. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the extra traffic and earnings it brings.
Previously when I got bumped to the backside of Yahoo!'s serps, I noticed that they had listed my site as having one subdomain (there is none). Like I said, previously the page count displayed showed ALL pages including the old ones which I had deleted (duplicate content).
Just now, I noticed the subdomain has gone and my page count is correct. Dare I hope this will hold?
Sep 10, 2008 - Sep 21, 2008 7.86%
Aug 29, 2008 - Sep 9, 2008 20.99%
% Change -66.52%
As far as I can tell what changed is Yahoo now seems to be ignoring all my Default pages.
So for example where a search would normally show this page from my site in the SERPS, say at number 2
It now shows a slightly less related pages at number 12 for the same search such as
So because the second page is deeper within my site it tends to have less internal and external links and therefore the page will be way down in the SERPS.
That is as far as I can tell what is going on.