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.
Recently in July 2008 it was reported that Google was top of the list in terms of total web searched that occurred in the previous month of June at an amazing but not surprising amount of 61.5%. A little lower down, Yahoo! ranked second with Continue reading Presenting, Yahoo's New Rival: YouTube!
Yahoo! is not about to back down in a popularity contest with Google and this is evident in the latest patent acquired by the gargantuan content entity. The newest patent awarded to Google's arch nemesis is for a technique that will shed light on how usage log file acquired from Continue reading Yet Another Patent for Yahoo!
Yahoo! was awarded yet another patent and this time it is for coming up with a technique that will elaborate how text links usage is vital in raising relevancy of a certain webpage. Six years after filing the patent in 2002, Yahoo! is now owner of that particular method after they bought over the now extinct Altavista. Continue reading NEW Anchor Text Patent for Yahoo!
There are several reports over the Internet that Yahoo! Buzz is taking precedence over Digg. This popular service functions like Digg except that it is powered by one of the most famous content entity on the World Wide Web. Continue reading Yahoo! Buzz Overpowers Digg?
There are many individuals who cannot comprehend who or what selects the top stories for their front page. And now with the recent announcement that Yahoo! is employing automated algorithms that operate in real time, we know how stories are picked. Continue reading New Yahoo! Automated Algorithm Gets Busy
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! filed a patent application on May 12, 2005 for using My Yahoo! data to help improve search relevancy. Bill Slawski links to the patent and reviews it at:
The major search engines are working hard to get a large enough collection of user data to be able to use it to augment link analysis in determining search relevancy.
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
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.