Search Engine Bytes
 by Casey Markee

Funny Things Going on at Yahoo!?

Getting listed in the Yahoo! catalog can be a frustrating experience. The problems range from the challenge of selecting only one of Yahoo!'s eclectic mix of categories to having your submissions ignored entirely.

Compounding the frustration is the fact that Yahoo! is NOT a search engine -- it is a catalog. And, due to the nature of their cumbersome submission and approval process, Yahoo! is slow to react to new submissions. They operate as though they are simply overwhelmed by volume and "hog tied" by their own archaic system for indexing newly submitted web sites.

Regardless, Yahoo! is an index that remains popular with netizens searching for information on the Web - especially those who are new to the Web. For this reason you may feel that your potential gain derived from being listed will outweigh the frustration that you are forced to endure. Such being the case, you will no doubt find the information below useful in gaining insight into the inner workings of the Yahoo! page indexing process.

Below, you will find two very interesting letters we received from two of our subscribers -- followed by some strategic recommendations that you may wish to implement in your efforts to get your web sites listed with Yahoo!.

Letter #1

 

For months, we had not been listed on Yahoo! under the local directory for our local content site http://www.onlinecolumbia.com. We submitted the site several times and were ignored. Part of our site had been listed under local business directories, a horrible location, but the site has a job search engine with online applications, an auto search feature, and tons of other content. It's also out performing the local newspaper and t.v. station site...

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