Your Feed Listed Within Hours at Yahoo in 5 Simple Steps
copyright 2004 Tinu AbayomiPaul
Let's be honest. There's three types of people in the world. *
Yahoos * Googlers * People who are neither, or both. I've been lurking
in forums, and I realized something - they seem to be a lot saner
than me. But then, almost everyone is. I've been a Google gal for
a while. There. I said it. And why not? Google has been good to
me. Yahoo finally has me convinced that they are at minimum, the
top contender for the title of heavyweight search engine champion
of the world. I now take them very seriously for many reasons. (
I won't bore you with all of them here - though if you'd like to
be bored, see the on-going updates-: http://freetrafficdirectory.com/yes2yahoo
- or if you're new to RSS and don't get how it can help your marketing,
join our discussion - http://www.freetrafficdirectory.com/Forums
What really has the potential to turn me into a type 2 or 3 is
the attention Yahoo pays to RSS. Like everyone, I heard the big
announcement back in February of this year that Yahoo was developing
an RSS Directory, and had re-launched their Beta RSS Headlines module
of "My Yahoo!". Still, I took my time hopping on the "marketing
through RSS" bandwagon, though I've had feeds on most of my sites
since late 2002. When I finally started using my feeds during some
research, I ran across Yahoo's "Add to My Yahoo!" button on many
sites that also carry the orange "XML" insignia, And I have to say,
it shocks me how easy it seems to be to get Yahoo to pay attention
to your feed. The folks at Yahoo tell you that they are forming
an RSS Directory on this page: http://my.yahoo.com/s/publishers.html#find
The page goes on to tell you that getting your feed included is
as simple as adding your feed to your own "My Yahoo" Page. You may
be thinking, as I was, that this can't be the same Yahoo we're talking
about. The one whose search engine many secretly hoped would fail,
in the off chance that we could go back to the Google-on-Yahoo days?
(Don't look at me. I'm not THAT much of a Google gal.) But yes,
the same Yahoo whose directory many found so difficult to get into
in days of yore, lists your feed in their directory almost immediately.
Furthering my investigation, I blew the dust off my own Yahoo page,
unused since 2003, scrolled down to the bottom, and clicked the
"choose content" button. They didn't even try to hide it. In five
steps, taking me less than a minute, my link was added. Under the
first section of the options for "My Front Page", under "My Yahoo!
Essentials", was "RSS Headlines (BETA)New!". I chose that (step
one), and on the next page, all I had to do was type in my news
feed, (step two) click search (step four), and then when the page
re-loaded, click on the "Finished" button (step five). I logged
into my site's control panel and checked the logs that show my most
recent visitors. I saw the line "YahooFeedSeeker/1.0", not just
at my feed, but at the links it was pointing to, almost immediately.
A few hours later, I went to search the directory for feeds similar
to mine. A search for "traffic secret" popped my site up - now that
is fast inclusion. I noticed the next day that every time I updated
the portion of my site that has the feed, the number of visitors
on that page doubled. So it looks like if you're not in a crowded
niche, now is a great time to add your feed - there were about 48
results for "internet marketing", but only 7 for "sunglasses". Once
you've submitted, don't forget to stick one of the "Add to My Yahoo!"
buttons in a visible spot on your web property.
The following link will take you directly to the instructions at
- or if you're as lazy as I am, get Yahoo to do the work for you-
. Want to search Yahoo's RSS Directory for your site or others?
Just go to your "My Yahoo!" page, find where you added the RSS Headlines
block and click "Edit", usually in the upper right hand corner of
the block of content. That will take you to a new page.
Now, where you would normally type a URL, type your keyword, or
if you know a site has a feed but don't know the address, type in
the home page. Advanced users can also click on the Import feature
to import feeds through their .OPML file. You can display up to
50 feeds per page, but there does not appear to be a limitation
on how many feeds you can include in Yahoo. When does a browse-able
version of Yahoo's RSS Directory open, and how much more traffic
can you expect when it does? I haven't heard any speculation on
when the Beta period will be up, but I'd be willing to be it will
be soon. My suggestion?
Add your link now, while Yahoo appears to be taking all comers.
About the Author:
Tinu? Sadly a wacko, afflicted with "free traffic" mentality.. Refuses
treatment to save - and make - $ from it. visit: http://www.freetrafficdirectory.com