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    ABW Ambassador stardutchess's Avatar
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    I went to sign up a site and got this warning - no more affiliate sites in Yahoo or what??

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    ABW Ambassador stardutchess's Avatar
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    I noticed that all 3 of my affiliate sites are out of Yahoo - could explain my traffic issues.

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    I think as long as your site offers good quality content to visitors first, and affiliate links second, you should be fine.

    All the search engines want is good content. If you can deliver that, they won't mind you generating affiliate income as a consequence.

    If it's tilting the balance in favor of the professional affiliate, at the expense of the quick-buck artist, I'd say that's a good thing.
    Rob Palmer
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    Now going crazy on Clickbank...top affiliate makes over $3000.00 per day. Taking the CB Marketplace by storm. <a href="http://www.gofreelance.com/cbaffiliates.html" target="_blank" title="Going Crazy on Clickbank">Click here to get your share of the huge profits...</a>

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    Yahoo bought Overture last year, they are slowing integrating Overture's model into Yahoo by placing paid submissions above free search submission in most categories.

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    Pit Boss redsand's Avatar
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    One of my sites has been completely dropped by yahoo leaving no traffic at all. It's still receiving few traffic from smaller search engines, though.

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    2005 Linkshare Golden Link Award Winner  ecomcity's Avatar
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    If those become the rules of paid site submittals the the sleezeball affiliate tricksters are going out of business.
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    "What have you done today to put real value into a referral click...from a shoppers viewpoint!"

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    Sgt. Joe Friday frank3iii's Avatar
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    I just checked my stats for the biggest of my mall sites. Yahoo is still delivering results.

    Five different sections, all datafeeds, still in the top ten kw in the engine too.

    Slurp came in and looked over some more directories this evening as well.

    So, bottom line....I don't know what the Overture statement means, but Yahoo still loves my datafeeds.

    Frank
    "Just the facts, Ma'am." Sgt. Joe Friday, Dragnet

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    Just avoid "human review". They see it, they see affiliate links, they flush it.

    I lost over 30 sites, all of which I had put time and effort into, to the "paid human review" at the beginning of the year. All the while, several absolute pile-of-crap mini sites of mine that were little more than a pile of banners and text listings got listed and continue to bring in a pretty fair load of Yahoo traffic.

    Just get a few inbound links from sites that Yahoo likes, and let the free ride begin. I have never flinched at paying for exposure, but it will be a cold day in hell before I'll ever pay Yahoo to stick their ding ding in my bum bum again.

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    quote:
    I just checked my stats for the biggest of my mall sites. Yahoo is still delivering results.


    Same here. Ranking #1 on Yahoo for "online shopping malls" with mostly affiliate links, some content and no data feeds, just hand coded html.
    ~Ernie

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    ABW Ambassador stardutchess's Avatar
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    some of you guys get it and some do not! I submit to Yahoo once a year, and if it is true that they check sites every 12 months, you guys haven't been checked yet?? and when you do look out. I have been on top of Yahoo for one of my sites for 3 years and now I am gone! I added affiliate marketing 1.5 years ago and did well. But now my site is loosing to this and I will have to pay to stay in. Did fine before Overture and I wish they would stay out. I will never fall for PPC since I had millions of clicks per month, before this happened. Now I have thousand, no where near a million.

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    "some of you guys get it and some do not! I submit to Yahoo once a year, "

    What are you submitting? Are you talking about the free url submission into Yahoo? Or paid submission thru Overture? The pay per url and pay per click on top of that?

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