MICHAEL MARTINEZ WROTE:
> Yahoo! is still free (if you don't want or cannot
> afford to pay the $199 review fee) though hard as
> nails to get listed with in popular categories.
After three failed attempts at getting a free listing
in Yahoo over a 6 month period our company wasted $600
US in submitting the three sites of our Network to
Yahoo! All were rejected.
Two of our sites were rejected due to a lack of
"sufficient unique content". We appealed two rejections
with Yahoo clearly displaying various examples of
content we have on each of the sites that can be found
nowhere else in the Yahoo! directory (I'd be happy to
provide a copy of these emails to anyone that's
interested). It's been over a month since those two
appeals and we've heard nothing.
Somehow between the second and third rejection our
homepage (SitePoint.com) got listed as a regional
Australian site, even though we never submitted that
URL. Due to this mysterious listing, the third
rejection notice that we received from Yahoo! stated
that the site, part of the SitePoint Network, was
already listed and categorized properly in the
directory. We appealed pointing out how there is
absolutely nothing regional about our network, and in
fact 70% of our traffic comes from the US. The reply we
got back simply stated that the site was categorized
The experience has left a bad taste in my mouth and has
left the impression that Yahoo! editors are nothing but
a bunch of dolts only interested in preventing
competitors from getting decent listings in the
directory (Yahoo has a section at
http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com which more or less
competes against us).
SitePoint Pty. Ltd.
Ph: 604 716 4638
Received on Wed Nov 15 2000 - 10:14:02 CST