I run a health site thats been in existence for about 1 year. The entire site of 600+ pages were created by me -its hard work but its starting to pay off. Since I'm an engineer by day and knew nothing about html a year ago it has been an adventure to gleen from every webforum and free tips website I could find to help me earn some extra cash from my business.
After getting a #7 listing in google for "weightloss herbs" and a #4 for "herbs supplements" and more than 30 others, I still stuggle with why yahoo isn't paying much attention. My site is even hosted by yahoo. One possible reason that my primary keyword is missing out in yahoo is that IMO I'm listed in the directory. Why you ask? Because they sometimes include a hideous description that shows up in the SERPS. This description, if by chance is not included at all, is taken from words found on-page. An on-page description would be better, but there is virtually no control over that...I have submitted change requests twice and still no action.
Conclusion: Although it will get your website crawled it is certainly not worth the price of admission. You can get your site crawled by simply getting a few links from a free directory or two or 10.
Another beef with yahoo...their spider is drunk. Its not predictable at all and sometimes passes out after a look at the homepage and then slowly moves on only to return a few weeks later and still not crawl the whole site...it could then come back the next day, burp, and leave again.
Any tips from the "SEO experts"?
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Edited by Jill, 09 July 2005 - 03:08 PM.