Yahoo! Search Indexing Email Addresses As Links

Jun 1, 2007 • 5:40 pm | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Yahoo Search Engine Optimization
 

We asked the question in the past, Can an Email Address Be Counted as a Back Link? Well, maybe the answer is yes.

I was looking at Excel Diamonds backlinks in Yahoo! Site Explorer for fun and found that Yahoo! was listing an email address as a link. Well, kinda.

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As you can see from the image below (if you can't see, click on it for a larger view), Yahoo is showing that they indexed an email address and they consider it a link. Why?

So I clicked on explore URL, exploring the email address, and it showed me there is a link from this email address at my personal blog.

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So I clicked over and noticed, my client accidently put his email address in the location of the web address for when he commented.

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So, technically, it is wrapped in an <a href=" but it is also linking to sales@excel and the @ symbol should make it invalid. However, my server people must have made it work, because when I try that URL in my browser, it works fine.

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So, clearly this needs to be 301 redirected. But should Yahoo! know better? Nah, I'll take the blame for this.

Technically, Yahoo! is indexing a link and not an email address. So I have yet to see evidence of an email address that can earn link popularity.

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Comments:

Lea de Groot

06/02/2007 09:17 am

No, thats a perfectly valid URL - its telling the destination to use a username of 'sales' to log the vistor into something. Not used very often, admittedly.

Petro

06/04/2007 07:53 am

Hi Technically, http://sales@exceldiamonds.com is not an e-mail, but an URL in which you specify the user (in this case, the user == "sales"). For example, you may use an URL so formed for authentication purposes (as well as in FTP). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL for further clarifications about standard URL syntax. In the end, mistake was not Yahoo's, but webmaster's.

Barry Schwartz

06/04/2007 12:52 pm

Right, that is what I said Petro.

Nishantha

08/23/2007 05:30 pm

dear Sir when I try that URL in my browser, it not working .any softwear for that to install

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