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Below are comments from the August 1997 Yahoo submission survey. These are from people who reported they were listed in Yahoo.

I love their model... but they have to do something about their responsiveness.

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The issue here is just trying to get an entry modified. I'm pretty sure I understand why they haven't changed it over the past couple years (I think it's that the submitting email address is different), but that's no excuse. I've begged them to help me many times, at least by telling me what the original submitter's email address was, but they're a black hole. Yahoo is basically dead as a directory service, although it'll run on its name and fumes for some time to come.

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First time registration is rather quick, but updates are processed very slow. I have requested an update 4 times, but nothing has happened.

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I am having a very hard time being placed in the appropriate directory.

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It took at least three months (and actually writing to Yahoo) to get listed at all. I have filled out numerous change forms in the last year and a half, and my listing is still not right (actually, the site description is non-existant). I have asked Yahoo a number of times if there was a reason for this, or if I was making an error in my submission, but have yet to hear back from them.

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I had to write a letter of complaint to them before they submitted my URL.

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My first submission in January was never responded to. My second submission was in July, and it was courteously responded to, and took about a week to get listed.

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What annoyed me most was that some how someone was able to change the listing for the site which screwed things up! for a couple of weeks

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Yahoo remains the strongest engine, while at the same time the most difficult & slowest to get an listing. Regular, polite resubmissions were the key to finally getting listed.

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I sent them email after I was ignored for 6 months, but then I got immediate results and wrote back and praised the woman who fixed it. I don't think they're ignoring people to be mean, I think they've just outgrown their promises. I must admit, however, that their "honored" sites are almost all corporate entities of late. My feeling is they should honor original, creative, not for profit sites, separate from the commercial. Also, fledgling commercial sites are usually not enjoying a profit and should not be competing with major corporate entities. Yahoo is ignoring the primordial ooze from whence it came.

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Amazingly, got listed in 5 days on this site.

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Of the dozens of completely different URLs I've submitted to Yahoo, only one has been included. This is a little disheartening considering I've seen some sites listed numerous times and even twice on the same list.

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They made my site a Cool Site of the Day around the last week of May, and by the first week of June, I was getting around 450 home page impressions per day. This has settled down to around 200 as we speak.

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Yahoo did the best job of all the engines. I liked their ability to submit to specific areas

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I received confirmation that my site would be listed during the next update within one day. My site was then listed about two days later.

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I was listed within a week for Regional Yahoo. The larger directory took much longer.

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I am listed, but in the wrong category! I have tried numerous times to get this fixed by filling out the "Change" form, but to no avail.

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Yahoo was one of the fastest as far as listing my site. I may be a little prejudicial in their favor because the site always comes up in the top five during a search.

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I was told it could take "months" by an associate. It really was a week or less. Now "Excite" is another story...

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Some explanation is in order. I got annoyed with Yahoo because after two years we only had 3 of our 100+ clients listed in their service. Because of this I wrote our own indexing program to assist me in submitting our URLs on a monthly basis. I started this two months ago. Once a month I submit about 50 pages to their site and wait. The first month two of our clients got listed. This month we received confirmation that another two will be listed. That's about a 4% random chance of getting listed. Pretty pathetic!!!

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I submitted several weeks ago, and we still are not up on the search engine yet.

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I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly our site was listed.


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