Yahoo! Appears to Order Your Links in Site Explorer by Quality

Jun 14, 2007 • 7:25 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Yahoo Search Engine Optimization

Yahoo's site explorer tool is a great tool to check your links as well as competitor links. A WebmasterWorld notes something fairly clear to most users of the tool, that Yahoo! seems to order the links in order of some quality metric.

Let's take a look at the inlinks to the home page of this site. The links consist from the Official Google Blog, the Yahoo Search Blog, Techmeme, Search Engine Watch Blog, Search Engine Land, (a weird one), Blog, Search Engine Blog, and then more links from the Google Blog. As you dig deeper into the links, the order may not seem to be so apparent.

WebmasterWorld senior member, SteveB said, "Yeah, the first batch have always included the most valued or whatever. However, #750 seems definitely not prioritized over 50,000 other links."

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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06/14/2007 12:13 pm

Too bad Google doesn't do this anymore. Their public link command used to way back when.


06/14/2007 01:07 pm

I noticed this just a few weeks ago on a site that has about 15 wikipedia links. They're first, followed by some PR 3 domains. Last in line is a lot of forum topics where a user has put a link to my site in their signature.

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06/15/2007 05:44 pm

Yes, it's clear that there's some kind of quality-based ordering going on, but I think a better question is whether they're ordered by the amount of juice they pass or by their "Yahoo PR." I think it's the former, because one of my sites has a PR9 link appearing far beneath a number of PR2-PR4 pages.

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