Copyright 2004 Tinu AbayomiPaul
It even surprised me.
Yes, even though I have been pointing out possibility since July, I was shocked when I heard news as well.
You see, I was sure we were at least a year off from this glorious day.
Yahoo has had a little facelift, which you've probably read about by now. The real news is more important for your site - “My Yahoo!” page looks different too.
On September 28, 2004, surfers who logged in to their personalized Yahoo area saw an announcement explaining RSS and Atom files that show updated information to a website as content feeds, effectively pushing news feeds into mainstream.
The new look to this section of Yahoo was presented as a full page ad to every single account holder upon first log in that day, and even now, there remains a notice posted.
When I logged into my page in "My Yahoo!" section, I saw a big difference in number of feeds left to choose from, as well as in way they were presented.
Currently, RSS module boasts "150,000 sources". If your site isn't one of them, its crucial that you act now. If you have one and you’re not getting results you’d like from your set-up, there are small changes you can implement that will make a huge difference in your listing.
Best results aren’t as easy as submitting your feed now, but you’re still within window of opportunity - if you do it properly.
What News Could Mean For Your Site If You Act Now
One of my clients recently called this "the back door into Yahoo". Whether that statement is accurate as far as getting included, or receiving an increase in rankings within Yahoo's search engine via your feed, depends on your site, and whether you create your feed correctly.
But many feed publishers are reporting that submitting your feed prompts Yahoo spider to crawl your site as well.
If you could use a daily stream of traffic from even a small portion of Yahoo's estimated 20 million users, this could be your final wake-up call. You’ll want to learn how to create a feed that gets well listed immediately.
This is because Yahoo will still need hundreds, perhaps thousands more, even if it only intends to list “creme de la creme” of submissions it gets. Being in that group is as easy as submitting your feed.
Being at top of list isn’t. Your feed and your site still have to play by rules of basic search engine optimization, among other things.