Brett Tabke posted a thread at WebmasterWorld informing us that Yahoo! has "tweaked" their Yahoo Search Submit Basic program. The main change, he said, was that they added detailed analytics.
The new program seems to also have changed names from "express" to "basic." The new page at http://searchmarketing.yahoo.com/srchsb/ssb_pr.php shows slightly different information.
Some of the reaction is positive and some is negative overall of paid inclusion programs. But let me point out one specific one:
Wow, this is very big news Brett -- thanks for sharing! The analytics alone would make it worth the price of admission based on what I'm seeing. I was a big fan of the old PT subscriptions. Not that Yahoo's a bit bigger, I'm all for this.
...Never thought I'd actually welcome paid submissions again with open arms, but I guess that's where we're at these days...
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.
Update: YahooPete posted in the forum confirming this:
Thanks for featuring our new Search Submit program and your positive comments. Based on valuable customer feedback, we have launched a new program called Search Submit Basic. As stated in previous posts, through Search Submit Basic, customers can submit up to 5 URLs for inclusion in the Yahoo! index (of course assuming content meets Yahoo!’s Content Quality guidelines), receive essential insights and email support for a flat yearly fee of $49 per URL.
Just to clarify, Search Submit Express is still part of the Search Submit product family and will continue to be supported for existing customers who are currently in the program. We are working on enhancements to Search Submit Express, and will not be accepting new enrollments into Search Submit Express.