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Yahoo is officially no longer a search engine

All Yahoo searches are now powered by Microsoft.

     
11:55 am on Dec 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The corporate goal of consolidating sources of information collection is one more step successful now: Yahoo is no longer a real search engine.

Yahoo's Slurp is no longer spidering the internet, or at least my site with only 30 hits last month when it would typically hit my site a couple thousand times. Yahoo's results are now taken from Microsoft although it seems that they rearrange results just like other search sites that don't run their own spiders such as Hotbot and Lycos.

The notable search engines and their respective spiders that are not run by Google or Microsoft are below...

Entireweb - Uses the Speedy Spider, based out of Sweeden.
[entireweb.com...]

Yandex - Russian search engine with operations here in America.
[yandex.com...]

Baidu - Chinese search engine, doesn't seem to adapt to American visitors though.
[baidu.com...]

Blekko - Uses ScoutJet.
[scoutjet.com...]

Alexa - Yes, they do actually run a search spider, ia_archiver.
[alexa.com...]

There are other search engines that really don't break double digit hits on a monthly basis. I think Entireweb, Yandex and Blekko are the most deserving of most people's consideration.

R.I.P. Yahoo.

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7:39 am on Dec 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Interesting... My logs still show Yahoo/Slurp! hitting with frequency. I'll keep an eye on that in the future to see if there's a change.
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I have just ran tail -f -n9999 /home/searchen/access-logs/searchengine.co.za |grep Slurp and no crawls from Yahoo bot any more.
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wonder what the yahoo people are up too, BTW the yahoo site explorer is also gone
12:04 pm on Feb 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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i don't think so. my opinion is different in this way
4:57 pm on Feb 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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xword, since Yahoo no longer runs a web spider they are no longer a search engine. Their search is outsourced to Microsoft's Bingbot.

- John
5:43 pm on Feb 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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My most recent visit from slurp ( yahoo!'s bot ) was 5 days ago..( not "spoofed" ) ..MS provide their public serps in some countries ( maybe not in all countries ? )..but they ( Yahoo! ) also still run their own "crawler"..thus you will, IMO, need to revisit your definition of "what defines a search engine" ...
8:09 pm on Feb 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I don't want anyone to think I'd want Yahoo to no longer be a search engine. Looking at my search engine logs I see roughly 27 confirmed hits from Yahoo since after I started this thread.

- John