Yahoo! has announced their Weather Report for January 2008. The Weather Report, as usual, has included several changes to Yahoo!’s crawling, indexing and ranking algorithms.
The Yahoo Search Index Update usually sets off movements across their search engine results and rankings – leaving webmasters and website owners watching anxiously to see how their placements are impacted.
Thus far, the changes seem fairly minimal with few complaints from site owners. Here is some of the feedback from webmasters in the Yahoo! Weather Report blog post:
“most of my rankings have remained the same over the past week, only a couple of noticable drops. did better with the last update!” - Rooms in Scotland
“Beginning to see the effects of the new algos, now… They are interesting. Perhaps the click tracking will be a measure of satisfaction more than any anecdotal comment on this page.
The SERPs do seem to be slightly more diverse – with less major sites occupying the top positions” – Silicon Valley
“I’ve noticed some positive ranking changes for most of our sites. It looks like Yahoo is starting to reward the webmasters who play by the rules!” – Jamie Hudson
It’s still early days after the Search Index Update, so feedback will continue to roll in. If you’ve noticed any movements in your search engine listings and rankings on Yahoo!, share them with the rest of our blog community below.