Thursday, July 12, 2007

Yahoo Site Explorer

The Yahoo! web master tool.

Perhaps this Yahoo! Site Explorer will do us web masters some good. It seems to be a way to keep track of what Yahoo! is doing with our pages. So far, I haven't found anything that gives us extra tools over anyone else though. It seems like everything they show you on there you can find with simple search engine commands (e.g. site: link: etc). One good thing I've found so far, is the ability to show Yahoo! where your feeds are at, which are said to be used for "" by Yahoo! That's great, except for the fact that for now, if you host your feeds on another web site, you can't "claim" your feed, because it's not hosted at your domain.com. Claiming it, I believe allows you to have access to see whether the feed is now being used or not. But I wonder, does submitting a feed that's not authenticated help Yahoo! index the pages in that feed, but it just doesn't let you see what's going on? Or does it not use that feed at all?

Well, one things for sure, for the race of bettering eMail spam hunting software, this may help Yahoo! out by attracting more techies.

If anyone finds a way to add RSS/ATOM or XML feeds that aren't at your domain, such as feedburner or feeddirect, let me know and I'll post an update.

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