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Getting Yahoo Traffic for your Blog

Posted By Darren Rowse 11th of March 2005 Search Engine Optimization 26

One of the constant frustrations that I’ve had with blogging over the years has been my inability to rank well in Yahoo’s search engine results. Despite the fact that Google seems to love some of my blogs – Yahoo has always been rather standoffish with them. It does seem to index my sites but it might as well not have as the percentage of traffic it sends is miniscule. This is until recently.

A few weeks ago I saw a number of bloggers talking about a technique that promised to get Yahoo indexing blogs better – so I gave it a go and have had some moderate success. Its still not traffic in the levels that Google sends (but I guess that would be hard as more people use Google to search the web) but its better than previous levels.

Really the strategy is simple and it involves signing up for a MyYahoo page and using the RSS Headlines feature. This feature allows you to track a variety of blogs via RSS. Simply add your own RSS feeds and it seems that Yahoo adds them to its own tracking system which must be linked to their indexing system.

Just a day after adding the feeds to my MyYahoo page I noticed an increase in my traffic from Yahoo. Since then as it has indexed more pages it seemingly is sending even more traffic across to some of my blogs.

No guarantees but Its worth a try if you’re looking for more traffic on your blog (and who isn’t).

Relevant links on this topic include:
How Yahoo’s Recent Facelift Can Mean More Traffic to Your Site
My Yahoo RSS Headlines Module – FAQs
My Yahoo RSS Upgrades Officially Live

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Comments
  1. I’ve been doing this for a little while as well.
    Seems to work.

  2. That is an awesome tip. Thanks for sharing it! :)

  3. I was reading, anxious for the tip, but I already have my site in the MyYahoo RSS reader. So I guess I’m ahead of the curve. I didn’t do it for SEO reasons, I just did it to test out the reader (back when it came out).

  4. Thanks for the tip!

  5. I tried that tip and it seems to be working pretty well… thanks!

  6. A close friend of mine who runs her own site and I have been trying to figure this stuff out forEVER! Yahoo likes me and Google like her. For some reason each of us does well on the opposite search engines, but we’ve found a means of working our sites together so if they find me, they find her and visa versa. We’re so hoping that’s not a bad thing.

  7. Google adds RSS feeds to its personalised homeage

    Google have finally added RSS feeds to its personalised homepage and their are rumours floating around that adding your own feed might increase your page rank.I still think MSN’s beta service has the most potential although I’m using Rojo&nbs…

  8. Google adds RSS feeds to its personalised homeage

    Google have finally added RSS feeds to its personalised homepage and their are rumours floating around that adding your own feed might increase your page rank.I still think MSN’s beta service has the most potential although I’m using Rojo&nbs…

  9. […] r RSS feed to MyYahoo seems to help with getting indexed on Yahoo. Read more about this at Getting Yahoo Traffic for your Blog. Some also think that doin […]

  10. hi darren…

    i think this is the best tips ever…
    seems like simple but it will give a big impact…!!

    thank you bro…!

  11. opsss….. sorry darren,

    may i ask you something?
    you just give me an idea for yahoo…

    how about google?
    i don’t know the url….

    thanx…!!!!!!!!!!

  12. […] Submit your RSS to MyYahoo – submitting your RSS feed to MyYahoo seems to help with getting indexed on Yahoo. Read more about this at Getting Yahoo Traffic for your Blog. Some also think that doing the same thing to Google’s Personalised pages could have a similar impact. […]

  13. Wow! That’s interesting. I have a site hosted with them. I wonder if that matters, too. I mean if you list your site/blog on your my.yahoo page, and it gets listed then it might work for if you have a site listed with them.

    I’ll try look into and report my findings:) Thanks for the great tip by the way!

  14. interesting tip! I just add my rss to my yahoo page. Hope it works~

  15. Hi, I have done that long time ago, but still no results, I have according to the stats 20 Hits from search.yahoo.com and more than 4.000 hits from google.com, in a certain period of time, I have reading about this, but could not find an answer, even if I reproduce the searches that Hit me from google on Yahoo, my blog http://linux.go2linux.org appears donw on the list while it could appear first on google.
    Just my experience on this.

  16. I have a different question here rather ranking in yahoo, Why don’t yahoo make it’s PR facility free? I mean why someone need to pay them to get ranked? Or they don’t care to compete with Google?

  17. wow good idea! i have the same problem with yahoo -__-

  18. Getting traffic from Yahoo can sometimes be like trying to squeeze blood from a stone!

    This technique, does work, but to a lesser extent than most people think. My experience as shown a moderate increase in traffic coming from Yahoo. To quantify, the increase was about 10%…Nothing to write home about, but an increase nonetheless!

    cyberst0rm’s tech blog
    http://cyberst0rm.blogspot.com

  19. I get almost no traffic from yahoo either for some reason. I will try this though, thanks. I’m always puzzled about yahoo giving me such low results compared to google. I have been told that yahoo is second best to google for search engine popularity? It’s very strange.

  20. I’ll try it right now, thanks. I don’t think I’ve ever even gotten one hit from Yahoo. Almost all Google, Stumble Upon and direct traffic, here.

  21. I’ve had over 55,000 visits to my blog and maybe four or five as a result of Yahoo traffic in a year and a half.

    I’ve joined MyBlogLog (owned by Yahoo) and will add my own blog to MyYahoo.

  22. Just read your post and decided to give it a try. As a sports blogger, I’ve been posting about New England teams now for a little over a year (mostly Red Sox and Patriots) and have seen little in the way of traffic from Yahoo which surprised and confounded me.

    I’m anxious to see what affect your suggestion has. Thanks!

  23. Awesome tip, thanks! I have been struggling with this yahoo indexing problem for quite a bit, hopefully adding the rss feeds to my yahoo will sort it out! Kudos!

  24. It seems traffic from Yahoo is always lower for me also. I added mine now.

  25. Couldn’t find the RSS Headlines feature on Yahoo.

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