Yahoo Directory is being closed in 2015

 

As always some further changes with Yahoo. 

A question we are often asked is should we bothered about Yahoo. In the UK it is not that important. However a good ranking with the directories other than Google can add 10% or so to your visitors.

However it looks like the Yahoo directory is now closing.

Yahoo is Killing Its Web Directory, And With It A Little Bit of the Internet's Soul

 

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YAHOO IS KILLING ITS WEB DIRECTORY, AND WITH IT A LITTLE BIT OF THE INTERNET'S SOUL

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SITES OF THE WEB'S FIRST ERA IS ABOUT TO GO OFFLINE. HERE'S A BETTER SUGGESTION.

I happen to remember the very first thing I did on the World Wide Web. It was the fall of 1994, and I performed a search for websites about one of my favorite comic strips, George Herriman's Krazy Kat. I was amazed by how many there were, and how easy it was to find them. (There might have been as many as fifteen or twenty.)

I also remember how I did it: Using a new directory which had been put together by a couple of Stanford students, David Filo and Jerry Yang. They had launched their creation in January of that year, and they called it Yahoo! The name was supposedly an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”

Yahoo quickly became central to the discovery process that was unfolding on the Internet. Even though it had plenty of competition, it was the first place most people went to find information. And if you ran a website, it might as well have been invisible until you got it listed on Yahoo–a process which could involve a long wait.

It wasn't just the first important search site–it was the first important consumer site, period.

Yahoo's web directory stopped being the best way to find stuff on the web long ago. Even before Google came along, it had been eclipsed by search engines such as AltaVista, which automated and dramatically upscaled the process Yahoo's directory performed using the painstaking work of real human beings who found, classified, and wrote descriptions of websites. But the Yahoo directory is still available today.

As of January 1, 2015, though, it'll be a goner. At the very bottom of a blog post published today–innocuously titled “Progress Report: Continued Product Focus”–Yahoo buried the news that it's shuttering its first product. (Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land has more details.)