Well did another submission to Yahoo for a client today. Saw this again:
“For web sites that do not feature adult content or services, the Yahoo! Directory Submit service costs US$299 (nonrefundable) for each Directory listing that is submitted. Furthermore, for each listing accepted into the Directory, there is a recurring annual fee of US$299 to maintain the listing in the Directory for the subsequent year. For sites that include adult content or services, the nonrefundable initial fee is US$600 and the recurring annual fee is US$600.”
So, you read this and what do you see?
Ok, #1 we selling links. Bottom line, $299 and unless your site is talkiing about blowing up buildings and stuff , your in. Just for the $299. Sounds like a paid link. Oh yeah, they ‘review it’.. of course, they do as they are counting the $$$ in their bank account. This is what qualifies them I guess. Hey, coming from me I dont have a problem with it one bit. I have a problem with that *gOOg* has a problem with it. Does yahoo nofollow- NOPE. THey are passing link juice.
THe better part is for $600 they’ll publish your *p* site. So, I’m sure its due to some technical issue in their eyes and how it takes more work since their employees spend so much time on the site approving it I’m sure.
My take? They know what a huge market it is and they can get the $$ so they do. They sell links.. and bunches of them.
Now again, I have no problem with selilng a service. This is how it works in the brick and mortar world right? Pay more money, get a bigger ad, pay more money, get a bigger billboard. Pay more money, get better employees.
The real problem is *goog* entire system is built off ‘who pays the most, wins’ mentality until it comes down to someone else implementing this strategy and it affecting the $400/share service they offer and pay to shareholders. Its just ridiculous. Do I agree with them policing their index, yes… for crappy sites, spam sites etc. Why do nt they just implement a location verification and a few other methods to weed out the real sites from the bad ones.. What about if youare e-commerce you have to submit a business license to be in the index if you are in the US.. I dont know.. something…
The reason is while they are, of course interested in good results, they dont make a dime fromthese. They make money when you pay them for PPC and thats it.> So anything to prevent you from paying they see as an attack on job-security and thats a bad thing.
So, whats the resolution ? Come up witha method of verification for sites to weeed out the bad ones… be as pure as they all were when they started or you might see the same thing that happend with Goog overtaking Microsoft happening to them..