New Sitemaps Protocol May Hurt Your Listings in Yahoo! Search?

Dec 5, 2006 - 7:34 am 5 by
Filed Under Yahoo SEO

Last month Google, Microsoft & Yahoo! Back SiteMaps Protocol, so it makes sense to begin converting your sitemaps to one standardized file. One such webmaster did that, submitted the new file to Yahoo! and claimed that Yahoo!'s Site Explorer dropped half of his pages from the index.

A WebmasterWorld thread has more details;

The day after switching to the new protocol recognised by the big three, our Y! siteexplorer interface showed a 50% reduction in pages listed in Y!

This was confirmed with a site:domain search two days later.

So he switched back and hopes that it will now soon fix itself. Why did it drop by 50%? Well, the webmaster believes; "because he used the identical urls in both sitemap versions, only changing the protocol of the sitemap."

I have no confirmation from Yahoo! on this as of yet.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.


Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community


Search Video Recaps

Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: February 23, 2024

Feb 23, 2024 - 4:00 pm
Search Video Recaps

Search News Buzz Video Recap: Google Helpful Content System, Reddit’s Google Deal, Product Variant Schema, Google Ads, Bing Search & Search Volume Predictions

Feb 23, 2024 - 8:01 am
Google Ads

Google Ad Strength For PMAX To Weigh Assets Quantity & Variety More As AI Expands

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google: You Decide What Old Content Is Helpful Or Not

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:41 am

No Joke: Google Is Paying Reddit For More Content, More Often

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:31 am
Google Ads

Google Ads API Version 16 Now Available

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:21 am
Previous Story: Google Testing Showing AdWords Quality Score Data to Advertisers