I am a heavy user of the Yahoo! SiteExplorer tool. So when I headed over there this morning to check out backlinks I was surprised to see a new design being trialled across Yahoo! Search, excluding image, video search etc.
Be prepared; it’s rather ‘different’.
Most SEOs and SEMs have come to rely on Yahoo’s linkdomain: operator to find out who links to there website considering Google’s link: operator sucks. But there’s a problem with Yahoo now. I tried a simple linkdomain: command for an AIM smileys site (URL: http://www.aim-smileys.net) and got links from various sites.
But … among the various sites linking back were pages with links to other sites with very similar domain names, such as http://www.aim-smileys.com … ouch! Come on Yahoo, get it together over there! Google are having a hard time, get your act together and start to win back some marketshare. Not that fixing your slightly flaky linkdomain: operator would matter much to average Joe.
Yahoo anounced that they are updating their search index again. Tim Mayer says that the update will be completed today.
On first looks this update is weird. Some are seeing the top 10 populated with only Yahoo directory-listed sites, others are watching as their sites vanish. Sounds pretty typical stuff to me.
I don’t get Yahoo updates though. On fairly non-competitive terms they have good results, but when you start looking at competitive 3-word financial phrases you start finding some really spammy sites punching well above their weight.
It’s only Thursday morning though, so we’ll wait and see what happens.
Having a quick scout round the boards this morning I could hardly find anyone talking about the update, which is pretty strange considering so many webmasters with sandboxed sites in Google rely on Yahoo and MSN to send traffic. Fairly slow discussion at WebmasterWorld and YSearchBlog.
Yahoo today announced taht they have acquired Del.icio.us, the extremely popular communal bookmarking service.
Posting on the Yahoo Search Blog, Jeremy Zawodny comments:
I’d like to change the non-committal answer I gave to this: “Yes! And as of today, del.icio.us is part of the Yahoo! family.”
As Joshua writes, the del.icio.us team will soon be working in close proximity to their fraternal twin, Flickr. And just like we’ve done with Flickr, we plan to give del.icio.us the resources, support, and room it needs to continue growing the service and community. Finally, don’t be surprised if you see My Web and del.icio.us borrow a few ideas from each other in the future.
This just illustrates how committed Yahoo are to the Web 2.0 philosophy.
Tim Mayer posts on the Yahoo! Search Blog that they have launched another update only a couple of weeks after their last update. It’s a bit early to make comment on the update but it is fantastic that Yahoo! are taking this approach and actively engaging the webmaster community, letting them know what is happening. Keep it up – people are liking it!