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New Yahoo Site Explorer – Investigate Your Website

Yahoo has recently announced beta testing of a new feature called Yahoo Site Explorer. The goal of the site is to help you search all the posts and articles within a specific site that are in Yahoo’s database, and “view the most popular pages from any site, dive into a comprehensive site map, and find pages that link to that site or any page.” I decided to take it for a ride on this site and my main site, Taking Your Camera on the Road, to compare how it does against other resources.

Lorelle on WordPress is two months old and currently has 138 posts. According to Yahoo Site Explorer, Yahoo has found 90 web pages and 292 “inlinks”, which I believe are incoming links to the site. According to Yahoo, the top ten posts on this site are:

You’ll find the top 10 posts from my own site statistics in the sidebar – and they don’t quite match. But that is probably what Yahoo records as the most visited from their search results.

Taking Your Camera on the Road is over 10 years old but has undergone 3 domain name changes, the latest one year ago. There are 768 posts. Yahoo Site Explorer lists 6,064 pages and 24,806 incoming links. The top ten posts on the site according to Yahoo Site Explorer are fairly close to my own site statistics and they are:

Here is a quick comparison. It looks like Yahoo’s new Site Explorer gives a pretty good report.

Yahoo Site Explorer Google Google Blogsearch
http://lorelle.wordpress.com
Pages in Database 90 850 20
Incoming Links 292 0 43
http://www.camerontheroad.com
Pages in Database 6,064 32,700 20
Incoming Links 24,806 821 31

So my little comparison shows Yahoo Site Explorer to be fairly helpful to determine the number of pages Yahoo has found on my sites and gives a good reference of incoming links. But the promotion of the site’s features includes a comprehensive site map which I haven’t found, though I imagine the links to the pages are some form of site map. I’d like to see a lot more improvements and information such as how the site compares with others, top keyword results, and visitors scores. Right now, Yahoo Site Explorer is just another link popularity testing site.


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3 Comments

  1. Posted August 24, 2007 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Hey Lorelle,

    how did you manage to authenticate your wordpress.com blog with yahoo? I can neither create a html file nor modify a meta tag – can you somehow?

    TIA, Karsten

  2. Posted August 24, 2007 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Authenticate? I think you are getting this confused with Google Sitemaps and Webmaster Tools.

    I just checked and Yahoo Site Explorer just asks you to put in your blog’s URL and then click EXPLORE. I didn’t mess with the adding a site, as that happens automatically with WordPress blogs with the built-in ping system. You publish and Yahoo is notified. Maybe things have changed, but you don’t need to do anything.

  3. Posted August 31, 2007 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your answer Lorelle!

    I’m right now looking at the interface, and indeed its very much like the google counterpart: Authenticate via a html page or a meta-tag. I guess they changed it.

    Thanks for you help, anyway. Anybody else how knows how to authenticate using wordpress.com?


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