Paying for a listing on Yahoo involves the following factors:
Yahoo's home page has a PageRank of 9 or 10. The further down the
directory structure you go, PR gets smaller. So therefore being listed
on a high PR category page for $299 is much better value than a low PR
You could find a higher PR category that your site qualifies to be
listed in, let your current listing lapse, and when it is gone from
Yahoo, re-submit it to the higher PR category. Normally your site
would already be in the correct category.
If the Yahoo listing is the only PR4 or higher page linking to your
site, then a lot of your site's PR will be due to the Yahoo listing.
If your site currently has a PR6 or higher, losing the Yahoo listing
probably won't make much of a difference. Use Google's Backward Links
function to see a list of pages linking to your site, in order of
importance. The further down the list the Yahoo page is, the less
valuable it is to you.
Extra special weight in Google
There is no such thing. Google treats all websites equally, which is
why when you do a Google search for "search engine", Google comes up
4th. Google can and do penalize sites, but no site ever gets special
In their advice on how to get listed in Google, they give following
advice, but that's all it is - advice - there's no special gain to be
"If you are having difficulty getting listed in the Google index, you
may want to consider submitting your site to either or both of these
directories. You can submit to Yahoo! by visiting
http://docs.yahoo.com/info/suggest/. You can submit your site to
Netscape's Open Directory Project (DMOZ) by visiting www.dmoz.org."
Where webmasters find links
If I am making a page of content, and I want to provide a few topical
links for the visitor, then I often go to the directories as a quick
way of finding quality sites. Being listed there *might* be the reason
a high PR site chooses to link to you. I doubt this happens very
often, but it is a factor.
How big is the category?
Some Yahoo category pages are becoming more and more bloated. For
example, check out:
...Internet and World Wide Web > Web Site Designers > M
This is a case of once being a useful directory with the web surfer in
mind, and now being an exercise in generating revenue. It depends on
the category you are in, but in general you can expect the number of
listings to grow, and the odds of someone clicking through to your
site will lessen.
Yahoo has been buying search engines this year: Overture, AltaVista &
AlltheWeb. Next year you can expect a lot to change.
- Yahoo could combine their directory listing fee with paid inclusion
to their search engines.
- They could relaunch their directory, and more people might use it.
- Their search results might resume to showing directory results
within the general search results.
Any of the above could make the $299 seem better value. But then again
they might bump it up to $399!
If the Yahoo link to your site has some great keywords in it, then it
can be a big help in the search rankings. That includes the
description alongside the link as well. However, with recent Google
changes the value for commercial keywords has diminished greatly.
See my previous answer for more on link keywords and the Florida update:
Currently the Google search engine influences approximately 80% of
search results. Next year, who knows? Yahoo will start using their own
engines. Microsoft will be launching theirs. Expect 80% to drop to 50%
Maybe Yahoo results will be biased towards being in their directory?
$299 for a PR4 link?
I'm sure that there are many PR4 sites out there that would accept
much less to be promoted on their homepage. I've been selling a link
from a PR6 page for the same price.
Ditch Yahoo. Keep an eye on them though, they might have a better
proposition next year.
There are other general directories, but in terms of boosting your
PageRank, Open Directory is a definite, and Zeal is worthwhile if your
site is non-commercial (although the process is painful). The rest are
not worth bothering with, in my opinion.
Look for some specialized directories. Run a Backward Links search on
your opposition's sites, and see where they are listed.