Yahoo Site Explorer… Dying?

Author: Gab Goldenberg;_ylt=AsF7s1pRZXQjk6M7mHIy99bal8kF?

Try and find

(Updated with new link as Yahoo changed its results and included other links I’d gained.)

Hint: It’s not there. My Internal Link Building plugin got a wide collection of juicy links (would appreciate more sphinns so it can go to the biggest hits area, folks, please), most of which are not reflected in YSE. Look at this nice thing Markus did for me, and I don’t even know him!

That’s perhaps more of a crawling issue, though. The first post is indexed at Yahoo, however, which bears the question: why doesn’t YSE show the link?

Long story short, those are two of many links – quality links that have driven traffic – which are not being returned by YSE. At least some of them are indexed. What is going on with everybody’s standard link research tool?

Is YSE going the way of Overture? Accuracy of the functionality slowly dying off until MSN or Google replace it altogether?

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  1. they got credit from your link :):;_ylt=Ah5hmwmqs_ufpKKaY_i6qz5_PRh.? maybe it is domain's strenght issue... anyway, good point that YSE results are not so accurate.. p

    Comment by PeterWyspianski - July 15, 2008 @ 8:08am
  2. Thanks for sharing that Peter. I don't know why it shows up with that query, but the traditional exploring way of researching - eg looking up a page and then seeing who links - did not show it last night when I wrote this. There are also many other links not shown there.

    Comment by Gabriel Goldenberg - July 15, 2008 @ 9:59am
  3. It's a bit slow and inaccurate but that's still the best backlink checking service available now...

    Comment by Ann Smarty - July 16, 2008 @ 5:48am
  4. That is strange. I've seen some wild fluctuations in backlink counts - the problem is that Y! is really the only way to do this, so there's no way to cross reference their numbers. Obvious in a case like this where you know there are actually more, but what about all those cases when that's the only thing you have to go by? Wish MSN or Goog provided an alternative. (We'll have to have a drink at Pubcon so you can "know me" ;)

    Comment by markus941 - July 17, 2008 @ 2:04pm
  5. Ann, you just did a huge service to us all with that ultimate link review post at SEJ! Markus, the tool changes constantly... sometimes even hourly. I'm going to compare with MSN and see what I come up with. As to Pubcon, thanks for the offer but I won't be there. Perhaps if I'm lucky SES San Jose will be on the schedule. You going?

    Comment by Gabriel Goldenberg - July 18, 2008 @ 2:31pm
  6. The thing has gone through periods of buggyness in the past. You could even argue that it's buggy in general.

    Comment by Will - July 21, 2008 @ 9:07pm
  7. Yeah, I've been feeling Y!SE slowly grinding down these last couple of months. I agree with Ann though, it's the best we've got at the moment.

    Comment by David Lindop - August 8, 2008 @ 9:04am
  8. I like this tool.I can use it now, It isn't die.

    Comment by wholesale r4ds - December 5, 2008 @ 4:05am

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