Google And Yahoo Cutting A Deal

Google and Yahoo are two of the biggest giants in the world of internet. Both of them is extremely successful in whatever they have done. When Google is considered to be the boss of searches, Yahoo is popular fro its mailing services, shopping and directories. Both the companies have a specific fan following and this can be simply doubled when they two will cut out a deal of merging the best portions of themselves. This big event will probably take place by October and definitely the users as well as the companies will reap huge benefit out of it.

Comparing Search Results

Since different search engines weigh different parts of their algorithms differently, they can all have similar relevancy while having significantly different search results.

Some people are quick to ask how their sites are being penalized in one search engine because they rank well in others. While many sites do get penalized for aggressive spamming techniques, most sites that do not rank well usually just fail to satisfy the specific ranking algorithm for that specific engine in question.
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Yahoo! Robots-Nocontent

Yahoo! supports a robots-nocontent attribute, which you can wrap around the unimportant parts of a page to tell Yahoo! to ignore it. The code could be applied like so:

<p class="robots-nocontent"> This is a boilerplate legal disclaimer required on each page of the site</p>

I wouldn't recommend using the robots-nocontent attribute on site navigation as well structured local navigation tends to be rather rich in keywords that help support the current document. Rather than using robots-nocontent I would be more inclined to add more original useful content to the page and limit boilerplate code as best you can.

Yahoo! offers tips on using the robots-nocontent attribute here: http://www.ysearchblog.com/archives/000444.html

Yahoo! Mindset

Some searches are commercial in nature, and some are informational in nature. Major search engines have the ability to distinguish which search queries are more likely to be commercial and which search queries are more likely to be informational.

Search engines can also classify whether they think a particular result is commercial or informational in nature. In the search results, search engines like to show a mix of result types so that they have a greater chance of solving the searchers needs. Yahoo! Mindset is a beta test tool that allows Yahoo! searchers to bias the results toward commercial or informational type resources.