Yes, Yahoo Slurp Is Still Active

Aug 4, 2010 • 8:05 am | comments (1) by | Filed Under Yahoo Search Engine Optimization

A WebmasterWorld thread asks if Yahoo's crawler, Yahoo Slurp is still active. As we know, Yahoo has begun testing Bing powered Yahoo search results and may transition completely over as soon as this month.

But what will happen with Yahoo's crawler? Ultimately, I believe it will go away. But right now it is active. I see it in my logs and so do other webmasters.

So what will happen with Yahoo Site Explorer? Will it continue to exist? If so, will the data go stale? Will it be migrated over to Bing? Bing's new webmaster tools currently has no link reporting tool.

As you can imagine, this leaves some SEOs a bit concerned. There are alternatives, but many loved Yahoo Site Explorer. Yahoo Site Explorer was really a revolutionary tool in the industry, launching in September 2005 under Tim Mayer's leadership (who we will talk about a bit later today).

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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