Does Yahoo Lower Case Banned Site's Page Titles in Site Explorer?

Jul 13, 2007 • 7:17 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Yahoo Search Engine Optimization

A WebmasterWorld thread reports a recent change in how Yahoo handles displaying a banned site within Yahoo Site Explorer.

In the past, Yahoo showed only the home page of a banned site in Yahoo Site Explorer. Now, there are early reports that Yahoo is changing that behavior. They are now starting to show all the pages they have in their index, but lowercasing the title of those pages.

It used to be that when these domains were entered to SiteExplorer, only one page was reported. Yahoo clearly knew about the other pages, since you could enter the URL for those pages and get a result. But putting the home page in resulted in only one page. I deduced that this meant the site was banned. Neither of the two sites placed anywhere in the top 1000 for terms they did well on in other engines, so I'm sure Yahoo was banning them.

Now I've noticed that SiteExplorer does show all the pages, but with noncapitalized page titles (other than for the home page.) This is a change and I have seen it only for these two sites that I think are banned. For other sites, SiteExplorer reports the page titles as listed on the page, which is usually with capitalization.

Senior member, crobb305, confirmed that he has seen some of this behavior recently as well. But he added that "for most others that are banned, only the homepage shows on a site: search."

So is this a new way Yahoo is handling showing banned sites or is this something totally different?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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