Yahoo! Search, Please Turn Down Site Authority in the Algorithm or Drop Tag Pages

Does it make sense for MySpace profile pages to rank on the first page for one of the 10 most competitive terms on the web? Should English to English page translations inherit domain authority from another domain? I don't want to out anybody, but I see way too many tag pages ranking in Yahoo!'s search results. The easiest way they can improve their search results is to simply delist any page with tag in the URL.

If they continue down this path inside a few months they will link to nothing but internal site search / tag pages on other sites. Where is the value, innovation, or thought process in that? What percent of Yahoo! searchers want to see tags pages and how many Yahoo! Pipes pages are tagged with a brand name? What does a searcher do when they land on a page like this?

If you are going to trust user generated content on authority sites, expect a lot of users to create content just for Yahoo!. :)

Published: January 23, 2008 by Aaron Wall in yahoo


January 24, 2008 - 5:46am

"Please Turn Down Site Authority in the Algorithm"

Here, here, that is the big issue.

I can see the search engines saying to themselves:

"We dont know how to rank web pages so lets give trusted websites a boost."

Those trusted web sites that are smart enough to figure this out will be free to spam away and rank for any term under the sun.

January 24, 2008 - 6:19am

What I saw was not just trusted sites spamming away, but lots of individual spammers setting up fake profiles, etc.

I would give a query that shows how bad it is, but

  • I don't want to out them
  • I don't want to create competition for myself (especially since I am rocking in Google for some of those keywords)

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